Most people find that, at some time in their lives, they feel overwhelmed or stuck and need some assistance in dealing with their problems. Problems in relationships, family situations, the loss of a loved one, depression, stress, the loss of a job, or substance abuse are examples of problems that may seem difficult to deal with alone or perhaps insurmountable. Working with a trained professional can be invaluable in helping people to resolve problems and lead healthier, more productive and satisfying lives. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health has found that one third of adults in the U.S. suffer from an emotional or substance abuse problem, and one fourth of adults suffer from depression or anxiety at some point in their lives.
Additionally, research shows that physical and emotional health are closely linked (have you heard of the mind/body connection?). For example, a positive outlook can affect your physical health in a positive way, and poor emotional health can wear down your physical health. In fact, two thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms (American Academy of Family Physicians). Likewise, poor physical health can bring you down, mentally.