How to Fit Therapy Into Your Schedule
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or another day-to-day challenge, but you feel like there’s just not time to get help? We hear this often. We even feel it ourselves. Between work, family, and other obligations, life is hectic.
How can you fit therapy into your schedule? Here are some great ideas to get you started.
Take Advantage of Telehealth
Today’s technology means that you can attend therapy without ever leaving your home. With our current pandemic situation, most of our appointments are now via Telehealth using Zoom for a video call, or the telephone.
Setting it up is easy, and we’ll help you through it.
If you have a private office, we can schedule telehealth therapy over your lunch hour. If you’re working from home, any room where you can be private will work. Stepping away from work for an hour can help your mental health. We can also schedule appointments at the beginning or the end of your day.
Communicate with your Workplace
If you feel comfortable with your manager, try communicating your needs with them. You may find it helpful to address your interest in therapy with your manager, and finding a time that works best for you both. This can help ease your mind about leaving work for counseling.
Your employer may have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) too. Check with your human resources person, or your employee handbook. Arbor Place works with a variety of EAP programs around Wisconsin, and some employers will pay for employees to see a therapist.
You can also use your sick time or PTO to take an hour or two so you can attend your appointment. You don’t need to tell anyone what you’re doing; just block the time off.
If your job doesn’t have paid time off, or you don’t have any at the time, you might look into the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This law requires employers to allow unpaid time off work for health conditions. When you’re gone from work under FMLA, employers cannot count it against you and you don’t risk losing your job.
Seeing a therapist for mental health is something we can all do for ourselves and those around us. When you get the therapy you need and want, you may find you are a better person, friend, coworker, and more. Best of all, you may even enjoy life more! Don’t wait — get the help you need today. Contact us here to get started.