Therapists in Palm Beach County
Throughout the state of Florida, roughly 660,000 adults and 181, 000 children are currently living with serious mental illness. Despite the staggering statistics pertaining to what some are calling a mental-health epidemic, over 70 percent of those in desperate need of mental-health treatment will not receive it. While this is partly because resources are limited, it is predominantly because those in need of mental-health treatment do not know how to navigate the system. There are numerous licensed and certified therapists in Palm Beach County, though most potential patients remain unaware of how to obtain ongoing and quality therapeutic care. Fortunately, there are several resources available to those who are looking for mental-health treatment in Palm Beach County; resources such as the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, NAMI PBC (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County), and MHAPBC (Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County). These organizations (as well as several others) are dedicated to helping men, women, and children obtain the care they need at a reasonable cost.
Depending on what type of mental illness an individual suffers from, and how severe that mental illness is, treatment methods will vary. Despite these variances, adequate care is available to all those who need it – it is just a matter of knowing where to look.
What is Mental Illness?
Symptoms of mental illness vary from person-to-person, though the vast majority of mental disorders are characterized by a set of very specific traits. Those who suffer from mental illness of any kind are often ill-equipped to deal with the expected demands of day-to-day life. The ability to relate to others and to their surrounding environment is disrupted, and personal consequences will continue to accumulate the longer the disorder is left untreated. These consequences may include difficulties in interpersonal relationships, problems at work, compromised physical health, and financial hardship. While there are many types of mental illness, some of the most prevalent throughout Palm Beach County include substance abuse disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In this specific region, more than one out of every four (26 percent) of individuals struggle from some form of mental illness. A smaller percentage of people (6 percent) struggle from a severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, or schizophrenia. This comes out to roughly 60,000 people throughout Palm Beach County.
Trauma and PTSD Recovery
Rachael Starr, LCSW, is one of many licensed and experienced trauma therapists in Palm Beach County. She has been working as a mental health professional for many years, offering those suffering from the symptoms of unresolved trauma an opportunity to experience fulfilled and lasting recovery. The majority of her professional experience is in the realm of trauma and PTSD. Seeing as Palm Beach County has the 2nd largest population of returning veterans in the state of Florida, rates of post-traumatic stress and suicide in this specific region are amongst the highest in the state. Rachael is fully trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), the leading therapy for PTSD, and stays up-to-date and trained in all of the latest trauma therapies. If you or someone you love is struggling with unresolved trauma or PTSD and is looking for a compassionate and dedicated therapist in Palm Beach County, please feel free to call today in order to set up an assessment and begin developing a treatment plan.
Rachael Starr is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in mental health – predominantly in the realm of trauma and PTSD recovery. If you or a loved one are suffering with trauma or PTSD, live in Palm Beach County, and would like more information on Rachael’s program, please call her at (772) 475-3334.