Good news: You don’t have to do it alone. Emcara Health can help.
By Emcara Health Editors
More Americans are getting help for their mental health. About 1 in 4 people in the United States are getting treatment each year, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is because people are more open to getting help.
That’s the good news, but there’s also bad news: More people are feeling sad, worried, and alone. Loneliness is so common that the U.S. Surgeon General called it an epidemic in May 2023.
Finding a therapist is an important first step to improving mental health. But how do you find the right therapist for you?
Taking care of your mental health can be a challenge. There are many therapists out there, and identifying a good fit can be hard. That’s why Emcara Health includes behavioral health support in every person’s healthcare plan. It’s not something extra. It’s important for staying healthy as you get older.
By including therapy with primary care, Emcara is able to spot mental health issues and help members when they need it—right from the comfort of their home.
Taking care of mental health can be complicated. It’s important to find a person you trust and can connect with. For example, people may prefer a therapist from their own cultural background. In addition, having a therapist from the local community—who understands the member’s unique experiences and difficulties—can help build trust quickly.
It’s also important to find a therapist who fits your insurance and budget. Some therapists are covered by health insurance. If not, you can pay for sessions yourself, or sometimes find free or low-cost options. For Emcara Health patients, behavioral health support is included at no extra cost.
There are different ways to get therapy. Some therapists work in person, others over the phone, or even at home. It’s important to find a therapist who can work with your schedule, so you can get help whenever you need it.
It’s not only about finding someone who fits your lifestyle and understands your background. It’s also crucial to find the right person who has the expertise to support you on your mental health journey.
When looking for a therapist, it’s useful to know what you want to work on in therapy. This helps you find a therapist who can assist you in reaching your goals, whether it’s dealing with loneliness, anxiety, or family problems.
General medicine doctors don’t always know the different types of therapists out there, and they may not always identify some of the root causes or other issues that a patient may have.
Therapists use different methods to help. Some use cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps change your thoughts and actions. Others use techniques like meditation or mindfulness. There’s also exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, which helps with facing fears, and process-based therapy that combines different methods.
It’s okay to “shop around” for therapists. You can meet with them first to understand how they work and if it suits you. Ask about your worries and what you want to achieve, and also inquire about their experience in the field.
Finding the right mental health provider might take time, but you don’t have to do it alone. Emcara Health is helping bridge the gap in mental health care by connecting patients with specialists who offer personalized treatment.
Each patient at Emcara Health has a care team that works closely with specialists, including behavioral health professionals. This ensures that mental health is an important part of the overall healthcare approach.
By connecting behavioral and physical healthcare, providers can quickly assess and treat patients. This approach allows continuous monitoring and evaluation of treatments, leading to better long-term care.
Your Emcara Health care team is available 24/7 to help you take better care of your mental health. Think of us as an extra set of eyes and ears in the home. To learn more, call 1-800-728-0901 from 9 am to 6 pm ET Monday to Friday.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, any time day or night to speak with a trained counselor.