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7 good reasons to consult a psychologist

Life is not always easy. Some of the challenges we face are difficult to deal with and seem impossible to move past. Whether it’s the death of someone near and dear to you, or an overwhelming feeling of fear that prevents you from doing daily tasks, there is always a way out. Our psychologist in San Antonio has the professional training, experience and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. At Valiant Mental Health, we truly believe that: “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” (Lyndon B. Johnson). Here are 7 excellent reasons to see a psychologist.

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  1. Loss

We all know death always has been and always will be an unavoidable part of life. However, when it comes to the loss of someone close to you, it’s not easy to accept that they’re gone forever. At times, it might be seem impossible to be able to find happiness again. Knowing that everyone handles loss differently, our psychologist in San Antonio can help you find appropriate ways to cope with the grief and loss of a loved one.

2. Depression

Sadness, hopelessness and misery are normal human feelings. We all experience these emotions once in a while, but they usually go away within a couple of days. Depression is something more than just feeling sad, though, something you cannot just “snap out of.” It is a common, serious mood disorder with symptoms including: overwhelming feelings of helplessness, loss of interest in regular hobbies, ineffectiveness at work or school, or feelings of being tired, sick or run down all the time. In this case, it is important to seek professional, psychological help. Psychologists can help you find the source of your depressive disorder and give you strategies for managing or recovering from it.

3. Phobias

A phobia is an irrational and excessive fear reaction. You have probably heard of common phobias, such as acrophobia (fear of heights) or arachnophobia (fear of spiders), but there are some unusual fears, e.g., a fear of eating (sitophobia), which can create major problems in your life, including serious health problems. Whether is a social phobia, agoraphobia or an excessive fear of germs and dirt (mysophobia), you can find help with psychological counseling in San Antonio, where our specialist works with you to overcome your fears and enable you to live better.

4. Stress and anxiety

Stress is all around us and every person has experienced stressful situations at work, school or home. Some people can cope with stress well; however, ongoing, chronic stress or stress that isn’t managed properly can manifest as anxiety, social isolation, depression and other mental disorders. A psychologist can help you reduce stress in the short and long term by finding the source of your problems and teaching you various stress management techniques, such as de-escalation, breathing exercises or meditation.

5. Family and relationship issues

Family and relationship problems can happen between anyone: spouses, partners, parents, children, or friends. Every relationship has its ups and downs, but our psychologists believe every problem has a solution. Working with a psychologist, either individually or in a group setting, can help defuse conflict and help you find peace in your relationships.

6. Mental disorders

Most people believe that mental disorders don’t happen often or if they do, then they happen to someone else. In fact, around 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder every year. A mental disorder is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, causing an inability to deal with daily life routines. Some of the more common disorders are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to know there is hope and help.

7. Health problems

Addictions such as smoking, drinking or drug abuse are usually a form of escape from bigger underlying problems. But it is not only addictions which affect our health; sleeping problems or eating disorders also play a big role. A psychologist will help you find the source(s) of your problems and tackle those issues that are preventing you from living a full life.

Learn more: Psychologist San Antonio

Valiant Mental Health is the only clinic in San Antonio to provide exclusively Empirically Supported Treatments. Dr. Ann Marie Hernandez is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in assessment and intervention in clinical and research settings. She provides comprehensive psychological evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning, legal requirements, and disability/vocational determinations. Dr. Hernandez has published widely in the areas of suicide, PTSD, and chronic pain. Don’t wait any longer. Visit our clinic to receive psychological counseling in San Antonio. We will help you keep a clear mind and manage any stress, anxiety, phobias, and other mental or health problems you face. We want to maximize your mental health and help you live a better life.


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