Professional Interventions for COVID-19 Related Mental Health Concerns

Why Seek Professional Help?

  • Seeking professional help can be one of the best ways to make sure that your individualized needs are being addressed in a manner that will hopefully decrease your distress and symptoms, in a confidential environment
  • Mental health professionals are trained and experienced in providing professional help for a wide variety of mental health concerns
  • Seeking professional help is even more important if your mental health concerns or symptoms are starting to affect different areas of your life, i.e. relationships, job performance, etc.

Types of Services

  • Can be through your EAP program at work - ask your supervisor or HR department about EAP benefits and how to access.
    • EAPs can usually offer you some short-term services
    • An explanation of EAP services provided by your company can usually be found in the employee or benefits handbook
  • Services can also be through an individual counselor, social worker, psychologist, member of clergy, etc.
  • One of the best ways to find a therapist is by calling your insurance provider
  • You can also search the Psychology Today website, which allows you to search by area, while allowing you to see the profiles of individuals who might be a good fit for you and your needs
  • Telehealth services, which have become more common, during the pandemic, have also been found to be effective, and can assist with access and convenience[1]

One Approach: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • CBT is one of the most widely utilized therapies for many mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression - which can be problematic during COVID-19.
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PsychHub - How Does CBT Work?

References

  1. Situmorang DDB. Online/Cyber Counseling Services in the COVID-19 Outbreak: Are They Really New? J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2020;74(3):166-174.  [PMID:32967547]
  2. Hofmann SG, Asnaani A, Vonk IJ, et al. The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Review of Meta-analyses. Cognit Ther Res. 2012;36(5):427-440.  [PMID:23459093]
Last updated: November 4, 2021