Mental Health

Starting Today Counseling

Therapist located in St. Marys, GA, Yulee, FL & Southside, Jacksonville, FL

Good mental health is just as important as physical health, and the two are closely linked. If you have a mental health problem, or you are just having some difficulties in your life and need someone with whom you can chat, Michelle Holley, LCSW, can help. Michelle is the lead therapist at Starting Today Counseling in St. Marys, Georgia, and has considerable expertise in providing therapies that help you achieve better mental health and overall wellness. Call Starting Today Counseling now to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online.

Mental Health Q & A

What is mental health?

Mental health refers to the functions and thought processes of your brain, where all your emotions and feelings come from. There are both physiological causes for mental health problems, such as chemical imbalances and neurological damage, and psychological causes, such as learned behaviors and experiences that shape the way you think.

Physical and mental health are closely linked. Many physical health conditions cause cognitive problems like poor memory, confusion, and personality changes. Equally, mental health conditions can lead to poor physical health, due to lack of sleep, poor diet, and substance abuse.

What kinds of mental health problems are there?

Some of the most common mental health conditions are mood and anxiety disorders, which include:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-partum depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder)
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Phobias

Counseling and talking therapies are effective in treating all these conditions and form an essential part of a treatment plan for anyone with a mental health condition.

However, you don’t need to have a clinical diagnosis of a mental health disorder to benefit from counseling. Talking with an experienced practitioner like Michelle can help you make sense of your life and your feelings, helping you achieve happiness and live the life you want.

Counseling is also invaluable for healing relationships that are faltering. Michelle is an expert in the acclaimed Gottman Method, which uses the Sound Relationship House Theory to bring millions of couples around the world closer together.

How can I look after my mental health?

Mental health is vital to your physical well-being, and good physical health is vital for your mental well-being. Therefore looking after your mental health involves taking care of your mind and your body, which is known as wellness.

Wellness is a goal that you can work toward with Michelle’s help, whether you have serious mental or physical health issues, or you just want some help to get out of a rut and fulfill your potential. 

Many people feel stuck, unable to move forward in their lives or helpless to achieve their goals, but don’t have a specific mental health problem. Using effective techniques such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and solution-focused brief therapy, Michelle can help you out of your rut and gain the rewards of wellness.

Whatever your mental health concerns, or if you just want someone to talk to, call Starting Today Counseling or book an appointment online.