Dr. Karla A. Blackwood ('93, MD '96), Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, provided these insights:
“It is important to ask for help from someone you trust. Consider reaching out to a partner, family, friends, spiritual advisor, physician, or therapist. Being able to express your feelings with others during stressful times will positively impact your mental health.
There are a range of mental health providers (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, etc.) who provide a range of mental health services. When looking for a mental health provider, here are some things to consider:
- educational and training background
- professional licensing
- years in practice
- their treatment approach
- and areas of expertise.
It is important to work with a mental health provider suited for your needs and with whom you have a therapeutic alliance. Sometimes you might have to meet with more than one clinician to find a good fit; that is okay, and that is not uncommon.”