Are you struggling with a chronic mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)? Are you trying to find relief?
As the stigma surrounding mental health continues to break, individuals are beginning to realize the importance of mental health – to a positive and fulfilling life. In their search to find answers to the difficulties they’re facing, many people turn to a quick internet search for “therapy services near me” or “free therapists”.
While most counselling and therapy isn’t free in Manitoba, it is possible that services are covered in full or in part by your Employee Benefits, or other extended health coverage. If you’re not sure what coverage you have, contact your provider to find out how much you are covered for counselling services.
These are helpful questions to ask:
- Does my extended health plan include mental health benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, how much?
- How much coverage do I have?
- Is there a yearly limit on the number of sessions?
- Most benefit packages don’t require pre-approval by your physician, but it’s important to check.
Why It’s Important to Seek a Licensed Therapist
As you begin your mental health journey, you may be wondering if the cost is worth it. As we continue to learn more about the importance of maintaining good mental health, research shows that it is a necessary component of overall health, and just as important as good physical health. We’re also learning that the costs of not taking care of our mental health are detrimental to us in multiple ways
While it’s important to surround yourself with a number of resources, including friends and family, your dedication to improving your mental health is best achieved through professional counselling services.
An effective mental health professional is not an advice-giver doling out “I think you should” statements, but rather provides you with effective coping and treatment strategies based on their training and experiences. They are professionally trained and licensed to teach you new skills, techniques, and approaches while offering a new perspective and no judgment.
They teach you to listen to yourself.
Benefits of Professional Counselling Services
Because counselling is an individual journey, it’s difficult to say “how long” or “how much”. Rather, counselling should be viewed as a holistic practice that helps you learn effective strategies for both past and upcoming challenges. Providing you with a toolbox of resources and contributing to a healthier mental state can:
- Increase coping skills to handle life stressors
- Improve self-esteem
- Feel confident in your abilities
- Create healthy relationships
- Keep a positive mindset
1 in 5 people in Canada faces a mental health concern during their lifetime. You are not alone. There are people and services available to help you. If you live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, or are interested in online or phone services, My Winnipeg Therapist is here to help. Learn more or schedule an appointment today.