What is Mental Health?
Mental Health is the practice of promoting one’s social, psychological, and emotional well-being. This consists of how you are feeling, what you are thinking, and how you are affected by the events of your day to day lives. Good mental health assures that you will be able to take on stressors effectively and would be able to conduct yourself with confidence and self-assurance in your social interactions.
Issues related to mental health usually arise from one of the four factors:
- Your biological makeup, which decides how stressors in day-to-day life may affect you. Imbalances in neurotransmitters in your brain can contribute to mental health related illnesses
- Your genetic makeup or family history of disorder, which can make you more susceptible towards developing mental disorders such as Anxiety, Depression or Schizophrenia
- Your life experiences, including traumatic events such as the loss of a loved one, encountering an accident, or witnessing a disaster
- Your lifestyle choices, reflected by what you consume, your work life balance, stressors and relationships
How can Therapy help?
Therapy can help you develop habits of self-care and enhance your daily lives. Our aim at Heart It Out is to provide tailored care for each of your mental health needs. Our team of experienced psychologists equip you with techniques for better mental health and improved quality of life.
Coming from a background of rehabilitation and clinical psychology, our psychologists create unique experiences that are rooted in the cultural context of everyday urban life. That said, everyone walks into a therapy session for a different reason. While some may be looking to cope with their day-to-day stressors and work-life balance, time management, and soft-skills development; others may want to work on clinical conditions such as Anxiety or Depression.
Our mindfulness events for calmness and range of self-care products such as Jar of Ideas, Emotional First Aid Boxes, Postcards (Letters from the Heart), Session Passports, Calm Hues (Emergency Anxiety Reduction Manuals) offer you an opportunity to indulge in some much-needed self-love.
Why do you need Mental Health Care?
In simple words – because it is vital.
Just like physical health, mental health too plays an important role in your life regardless of age, gender or race and is therefore crucial that we look after it. Mental health and wellbeing does not only entail working on issues such as trauma and other mental health complaints, but also attaining a higher level of contentment. No matter how well you may be doing in life, looking after your mental health can help you lead a happier and healthier life. In a gist, everyone can benefit from looking after their mental health.
Early signs that all is not ok
We understand that looking after your own mental health or that of loved ones can become challenging. In a society which does not place the required amount of value on a healthy mind, seeking professional help to overcome your problems could prove to be an equally challenging task. But if you recognise an imbalance in your mental well-being early on, it could help you manage it better.
The following behavioural changes could be warning signs that all is not OK:
- You may experience a notable increase or decrease in your appetite
- You are starting to lose interest in activities which you once really enjoyed, and you can’t pinpoint a reason why
- Your energy levels have increased or dropped without any changes in your diet, exercise or sleep
- You feel numb
- You have been experiencing bodily pains and aches, seemingly without a cause
- You feel helpless about your current situation or hopeless about your future
- Your consumption of alcohol, narcotics, caffeine or other substances has increased
- You feel “out of your element” are often feel confused, angry, anxious, or upset
- You have been short-fused and have been engaging in fights and arguments with friends, family, or colleagues often
- You have been experiencing unexplainable mood swings which are affecting your relationships
- You are having persistent thoughts and memories about a past event and an irrational fear
- You hear noises or feel sensations without any environmental trigger
- You engage in frequent negative self-talk and are avoiding social interactions
- You have been experiencing frequent thoughts about hurting or harming yourself or someone else
- Your focus and concentration is wavering and you are facing difficulty performing your daily tasks (which you probably used to be good at)
You should visit a therapist if
- Are carrying a psychiatrist recommendation for it: If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition by a psychiatrist, it is recommended for you to seek therapy. Research has proven that medicine and therapy combined fastens the treatment process
- You are working on a hunch or a self-diagnosis: In a world where information is right at your fingertips, understanding your mental health condition has become fairly simple. A quick Google search can help you analyse your symptoms and give you a tentative diagnosis for what you might be suffering from. If these searches conclude with a concerning diagnosis, or if you: just don’t feel right”, you should seek a professional who can help you put things into perspective
- You are coping with a personal tragedy, loss, or a disaster: For times when things hit rock bottom and we like life may be slipping out of our control, it could prove beneficial to seek out professional help. Maybe you are coping with the loss of a loved one, a friend, a family member, or a pet; maybe you are coping with the aftermath of a traumatic incident such as an earthquake or a tsunami; or have been going through abuse or a bad breakup — in all these situations, therapy can help you find coping strategies which can help you nurture the experience fruitfully
- You are working towards self-improvement: If you have been working towards acing those checklists and bucket-lists, a psychologist can help you with self-development tools which can enhance your performance at work and in your personal life
- You are looking for ways to enhance your relationships: Therapists are well-equipped to deal with matters of the heart just as well as they are trained to deal with matters of the mind. If you are seeking to build a more secure and fulfilling relationship with loved ones, a therapist can help you identify and work through harmful relationship patterns. You can also bring your partner or family for a couple or family therapy session, where a therapist can help facilitate communication such that it benefits the relationship
Other than these, if you relate to any of the following points, therapy may have an answer for you:
- You find yourself craving warmth, trust, safety, heartfelt presence
- You feel you do not have a safe space to be yourself
- You are looking for ways to develop your personality and take yourself to the next level
- Life has been overwhelming lately and you are unsure of how to deal with challenges that life throws at you
- You are seeking a space where you can have an honest conversation or a brainstorming session
- You wish to recentre, gain a fresh perspective and start afresh
- You feel like exploring a radical change
- You find yourself struggling with change/a new person, place, or situation is bothering you
- You think everything is perfect, but still not “good enough”
You are also welcome to come if you don’t know if you need this or not and we can figure it out!
Mental Health Care by Heart It Out
Consider Heart It Out’s products and services a hamper for your mental health needs. From therapy sessions and soft-skills training to wellness products curated with love and care we are covering all the bases.
We offer one-on-one therapy sessions for clinical as well as non-clinical mental health complaints. You can consult us for therapy if you are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, or Bipolar disorder; or want to work through some temporary, day-to-day stressors such as stress related to work.
For couples looking to improve relationships, our couple and marriage counsellors provide a non-judgemental and safe space for dialogue.
What can you expect in a session?
It is okay to be apprehensive about your first therapy session. You don’t know what to expect, you are unsure of what kind of questions a therapist would ask, and possibly also a little scared of what you might uncover in the process. Luckily, you can leave these worries behind you when you are seeking therapeutic services at Heart It Out.
A typical therapy session spans over an hour. During the duration of your first session, your therapist would be focused on your background, history of your complaint, and developing a rapport.
It is okay to take your time. Everyone in therapy moves at their own pace, and it is not only okay but advised that you take the time and space you need to open up.
You choose what you want to share and how much. It is perfectly alright to not share pieces of information which you don’t feel comfortable sharing. It is also alright to stop sharing at any point in therapy if you feel uncomfortable. Therapy is about you and what is good for you.
Be open with your therapist about your fears and concerns. Let them know if you have any specific concern or fear regarding therapy in general or any aspect of your sessions which you might feel uncomfortable or unsure about.
Nothing leaves the room. Confidentiality is key to any therapy session, and your therapist is bound by the ethics of the practice to treat any information you share during the session with strict confidentiality. If you have any doubts regarding the use of your information, feel free to address it during your session and seek the answers you need in order to feel secure.
It’s a safe space. Therapists are trained to be unbiased and non-judgemental towards their clients and practice active empathy, which means that you can freely speak your mind and express yourself unapologetically.
What if you don't like it?
Another reason could be having to step out of your comfort zone may make you feel vulnerable. The process sometimes can be daunting. Our psychologists and addressing the process of the uncomfortableness of process. Discovering your inner monsters can sometimes throw you off, or destabilize our ideas of self. Therapy can often do that. While it is perfectly alright to take a pause and reconsider, understand that self discovery is a difficult but rewarding path.
Working with a therapist can have its ups and downs, and if you are not happy with the services you are the complete liberty to terminate your sessions with the therapist. We, however, recommend that you intimate your therapist with your decisions and share your feedback on their service before opting for termination.
If you’re looking for a specialized therapist, or if you just want a second opinion, we would be happy to recommend other therapists or specialised healthcare professionals for you.
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Our psychologists are licensed practitioners having a combined experience of fourteen years. They are non-judgemental and take confidentiality very seriously.
We look forward to taking care of you!