Karner Psychological Associates (KPA) has over 35 years of helping adults, children, families, and couples struggling with mental health and wellness issues.
No matter how smart, talented or good you are, sometimes life will throw you a problem that is just too big and complex to adequately handle on your own. Reading self-help books or getting advice from friends and relatives is not always enough to maintain your mental or personal health. These are the times that counseling, psychotherapy and coaching can be helpful. We have been providing timely, ethical, quality mental health services to children, teens, parents, individuals, couples, groups and families throughout New York’s greater Capital District for over three decades.
Counseling Services Include:
What is mental health?
At Karner Psychological, we think we know that mental health is an integral part of our overall wellness. According to WHO(World Health Organization), mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to her or his community.” When you have stable mental health, you feel good about life.
Part of that is awareness, and knowing ourselves. When you have good mental health, you feel like you can manage the day-to-day life challenges you encounter. There are many different ways to work on and maintain your mental health. One of the key factors is to have a reliable support system, and see a therapist every week. You might have anxious moments, but you can work through them.
Mental Health Issues
According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), one in five people in the United States lives with a mental illness. And millions of people have mental health issues and manage to live productive lives. Whether you manage anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder or any other mental health concern, you can get treatment and find a sense of balance regardless of what your diagnosis is. The key is to get treatment as soon as you recognize what your problems are. Some people refer to mental health issues as “mental disorders” or “mental illness.” The stigma surrounding mental illness is prevalent, and people are hesitant to call diagnoses illnesses because they don’t want to admit that it’s an ailment. They might feel like there’s something wrong with them, but it’s no one’s fault. We all get sick sometimes and treatment and care is needed.