In 2019, it was estimated that around 40.2 million adults in the U.S. received mental health treatment or counseling at some time in the previous year. – Center for Disease Control
The COVID-19 pandemic brought an unprecedented amount of stress, change, and distress to many people worldwide. Many found support in adapting to the pandemic through therapy; however, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t need a worldwide crisis to justify seeing a therapist.
I think everyone should be in therapy. Unfortunately, our society has set an unnecessary stigma around therapy and mental health. I think of therapy like this: if you break your arm, you seek out a professional to help you, you don’t continue along the days, months, and years trying to fix it yourself, all the while suffering with a broken arm. Nope. You seek medical attention. It’s the same thing with therapy! Many people have traumas and issues from the past that can weigh you down. A therapist is trained to help you live your best possible life now by healing mental hang-ups.
I’ve had patients share with me that they’ve “walled-up the past and don’t want to go to therapy because it’s going to just drudge it up.” I can understand why someone would be hesitant if you’ve moved on from something traumatic or upsetting, living in the past would seem counterproductive. If you don’t want to talk about a certain thing or are not ready, your therapist will listen and respect your boundaries. Typically, within your first few therapy sessions, your therapist will focus on getting to know you and understanding how you view the world. They are an excellent person to get an objective opinion about your thoughts, ideas, fear, and worries. They are someone who can role-play difficult conversations you may need to have with other in your life or even yourself. Think of therapists as being an advocate for your mental health.
How do you find a therapist?
I recommend psychologytoday.com to my patients seeking mental health professionals, since you can search within your area using your zip code and narrow down your search using various filters (which insurances they take, their expertise, method type, etc). Each therapist writes their own bio and includes a photo, so you really get a good sense of who they are and decide if they might be a good fit.
Other options (especially if you don’t have insurance):
Open Path Collective also has the search option that can be $30-$60 per session. (In-person and virtual)
Better Help has sliding scale options based on income. They pair you with a licensed therapist from anywhere across the US.
People Health Clinic is in Park City, Utah. They only take uninsured individuals and offer counseling/mental health
Family Counseling Center offers sliding scale therapy (along with accepting insurances)
If you are currently a student at the U, there is the Counseling Center there. Very low rates, if not free.
Midtown CHC takes Medicaid and also has a sliding scale. They also have people there to assist you with the application process/free enrollment for Medicaid/Medicare/CHIP, the Primary Care Network and Healthcare.gov.
Valley Behavioral Health has many services. They take insurance, but can also work with you in a sliding scale.
Rape Recovery Center has 24/7 crisis counselors providing anonymous crisis intervention, support, and information.
24/7 Crisis Lines
If you ever find yourself in a dark place and need to speak with someone, there are the following resources available 24/7. You can be anonymous and they will assist with intervention, support, and information.
Local Crisis Service
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Rape Recovery Center
Veterans Crisis Line
844-317-1136 or 800-273-8255
“Our trained counselors are here to support you 24.7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgement-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline”
Have more questions? Make an appointment with Dr. Chan at Lotus Health to receive healthcare tailored to your individual health needs.