What specific aspects of mental health does your facility revolve around?
Argenta Counseling is a client-focused private practice providing affordable, compassionate and specialized counseling to children, teenagers, adults, couples and families in Central Arkansas. We currently offer phone and video telehealth sessions as well as socially distanced, in-person sessions at our three convenient locations in downtown North Little Rock, West Little Rock and Saline County.
What are the most common mental health issues that you all see?
Some of the more common mental health issues we treat involve anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, addiction, relationship issues, grief, difficulty adjusting through a life transition, PTSD and severe mental illness.
During the pandemic, mental health afflictions have been on the rise. How have you all dealt with this increase?
During this pandemic, every therapist in the nation has had to pivot due to an increase in mental health issues and a decrease in the ability to provide face-to-face services to clients. Fortunately, our practice was able to make that adjustment very quickly. Our therapists rose to the challenge of promptly transitioning to telehealth counseling over phone and video. Some of our therapists still only provide telehealth services, while others provide both telehealth and socially-distanced in-person counseling. Over the past 10 months, therapists have opened their schedules to accommodate our increasing call volume and number of daily intakes. As the owner, it has been an honor to provide a supportive environment for our therapists, so they can be effective helpers and avoid burnout.
Even still, stigmas remain. What is the best remedy for that?
With the pandemic continuing to loom and everyone experiencing changes to their day-to-day lives, it’s more important than ever to normalize talking about and seeking help for things like depression, anxiety and other extreme feelings.I encourage every individual to become a mental health advocate. The more people we have pointing those in need to appropriate resources and increasing awareness about mental illness, the more we are all helping to eliminate stigma barriers around seeking out mental health care.
Beyond professional assistance, what are some things I can do at home to help with anxiety, depression or other conditions?
I believe the number one thing you can do to boost your mental wellness and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression is to get adequate sleep.
Along with that, it is important to develop a Self-Care Plan. Your Self-Care Plan could include activities such as mindfulness, breathing exercises, progressive relaxation, socialization with friends, daily meditation or prayer, journaling, weekly yoga classes, taking daily lunch breaks, using your vacation time, regular walks, getting a pet or practicing gratitude daily.
What sets the services at Argenta apart?
Our highest value is to be client-focused. To us, this means putting our clients’ needs first, from the intake process to the therapy room. We do this by letting them take the lead and have a say in their treatment, and also by providing the kind of go-the-extra-mile care to support their wellbeing inside and outside of the therapy room. One thing our facility prioritizes that we are really proud of is maintaining a diverse group of providers. When clients come to us, we take every measure to place them with the therapist that can best serve them and make them feel safe and understood. Argenta Counseling casts a wide net into the community and has become a trusted and safe resource for the LGBTQ+ community, local churches, law enforcement agencies, public and private schools, and individuals with varying ethnic, cultural, political, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
What should I do if a loved one needs assistance but is not getting it?
Validating emotions and thoughts is the first step in connecting loved ones with the resources they may need, particularly when the recommendation is to seek professional help, like finding a counselor or therapist. An effective method to use is active listening, which involves restating what the other person is saying so that THEY know that YOU know what they are feeling. An example of active listening might be, “what I hear you saying is that you feel hopeless and overwhelmed; is that right?” Another response could be easy as “I hear you and understand how you would feel that way.” We’ve seen many times that when a person feels understood, they are more open to accepting influence and further down the line, taking their loved one’s advice to go seek out help from a professional.
513 Main St, North Little Rock • 501-777-5969 • www.argentacounseling.com