Adult Therapy in Michigan

Helping Adults Balance Their Busy Lives.

Adults today lead busy lives, between work, home, family, exercise and attempts to stay active, and outside activities.  Working parents and single parents especially have challenging days with added child rearing, domesticity and parenting tasks.  It is also difficult for many to balance home and work life and maintain a healthy balance between the two in today’s busy world.  There are many reasons why someone may seek out therapy or counseling or why someone else may recommend counseling for them.  

Some reasons include but are not limited to:

  • Emotional distress such as anxiety or sadness
  • Family changes, like separation, divorce, remarriage, blended families, or loss
  • Marital conflict
  • Social or relational problems
  • Self-esteem problems or low confidence
  • Problems with inattention and concentration
  • Eating issues
  • Substance use
  • Trauma, abuse or traumatic stress
  • Work problems
  • Medical problems

Although mental health and physical health still do not appear to be considered equals by most, counseling is much more accepted today than it once was.  This is likely because of the known ways mental health issues can affect one’s functioning and is clearly related to other areas, such as academic, cognitive, and social and occupational functioning, etc.  For example, occupational performance and success can be impacted by depression or anxiety.  Depression can also affect processing speed and cause psychomotor slowing, which in turn affects cognition and work performance.  Or individuals with social anxiety find themself isolated with few friends, and missing out on social opportunities because of worry and problems with social functioning.  In addition, untreated psychological problems can impact physical health and have been associated with medical problems.

Getting help from a psychologist for emotional distress is like seeing a physician for medical problems, and just as physical health affects emotional functioning, emotional distress can affect physical well-being.  Addressing distress is also preventive in nature, as it helps address symptoms early to prevent more profound and longstanding pathology from developing.  Individuals can learn a lot of valuable information in therapy, such as coping skills, ways to manage their affect and feelings, ways to increase their self worth, improve relationships, and learn how to lead healthier and less stressful lives.  They can learn about emotional well-being and how to function more optimally.  If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress, you can schedule an intake appointment with a psychologist to discuss presenting problems and determine if therapy is indicated.  Addressing emotional distress is likely to help benefit you in various ways.