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Adult and Child Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in Tuscaloosa, AL

Counseling is an invaluable treatment for most psychiatric disorders and challenging life experiences. Ella Williamson, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, at Druid City Wellness Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, offers counseling to help adults and children over 4. You could benefit from her counseling skills if you have depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental health problems. Call Druid City Wellness Center to request an appointment or book an in-person or telemedicine counseling session online today.

What is counseling?

Counseling is one of the primary treatments for people with mental health disorders and those struggling with challenging situations. It can help you recover from curable conditions and get through difficult experiences. Counseling also provides ongoing support to patients with incurable, life-long psychiatric disorders.

Counseling takes numerous forms, but all require regular sessions with skilled therapists like the professionals at Druid City Wellness Center. They help you understand your condition and the feelings, moods, thoughts, and behaviors it causes.

During a counseling session, your therapist guides and prompts you, helping you identify the challenges you face and develop coping skills to improve daily life. Counseling is confidential and judgment-free, so you can be honest and open with your therapist no matter what you think or feel.

What conditions might benefit from counseling?

Counseling is an effective treatment for most psychiatric disorders, including:

  • Major depressive disorder (depression)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder and addiction
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Counseling is also highly effective for people with problems like chronic stress, anger issues, and low self-esteem. If you’re going through a difficult experience like divorce or a loved one’s death, counseling helps you through and prevents you from developing mental health problems.

Patients with mild symptoms and those suffering from grief or other challenges often recover well with counseling as the only treatment. For those with moderate-to-severe psychiatric disorders, medication might also be necessary.

What kind of counseling would benefit me?

There’s a wide range of different talk therapies available. Some use psychoanalytic techniques, focusing on identifying and helping you process past traumas. Others, like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), address your everyday challenges, helping you change negative or flawed thoughts and behaviors. 

Druid City Wellness Center also offers group therapy for people who might benefit from interactions with people experiencing similar challenges. The practice uses proven approaches while embracing newer developments that significantly benefit patients.

No one approach works for everyone, so it’s important to have counselors who offer personalized treatment plans. The experienced professionals at Druid City Wellness Center design your treatment with you rather than for you and adapt to your needs as treatment progresses.

Call Druid City Wellness Center today or book an appointment online to learn more about accessing counseling services.