Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Federal Employees
Over the past few years, the awareness of mental health support for federal employees in the United States has played an essential role in promoting employee well-being and sustaining a high-performing federal workplace. Although mental health services for federal workers are on the rise, the stigma surrounding mental health problems prevents many workers from accessing quality mental health treatment.
Whether you’re experiencing substance abuse issues or anxiety symptoms, it’s important to remember that professional help is available, and there’s no shame in seeking therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help federal employees find support, manage their mental health, and navigate professional challenges.
Common Mental Health Challenges Among Federal Employees
Federal workers face various challenges, from difficulty maintaining a healthy work-life balance to stress, burnout, and mental illness. Some common challenges faced by federal employees in the U.S. include:
- Work-life balance: Heavy workloads impact federal employees at the office and also at home. Some employees might take unfinished projects home to complete after working hours, or they might feel unable to “switch off” after leaving work. An unhealthy work-life balance can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and burnout.
- Employee burnout: Even the hardest-working employees have a limit to what they can achieve. With long hours and stressful work conditions, it’s not always easy to avoid overtime or extra paperwork. However, late nights and high-pressure work situations can lead to mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion.
- Substance abuse: In the face of high stress, personal problems, and other mental health concerns, some federal employees turn to substances to cope with their situations. Abusing alcohol and other substances not only negatively affects your health but can also impact your interpersonal relationships and professional life.
- Mental illness: Like the general population, federal employees are also vulnerable to mental illness. Research shows that depressive and anxiety disorders are common among working professionals, and many employees do not confide in their employers for mental health support. Sometimes, mental illness can lead to difficulty concentrating, physical symptoms, and other psychological symptoms that impact an employee’s performance in the workplace.
Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Federal Employees
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of talk therapy, involves speaking with a trained therapist in a safe, confidential environment. Therapy is a safe space to dive into important issues, understand your feelings and behaviors, and develop healthy coping skills.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of ignoring your worries and hoping your problems will go away, but this will only make things worse. CBT combines cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy to identify how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact, giving us the tools to change our existing patterns.
Instead of pushing your mental health challenges to the side, CBT helps you tap into your logic and determine whether your worries are justified. During CBT sessions, you’ll actively work with your therapist to identify unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. CBT can also help you stop thinking in black-and-white, worst-case scenario terms and learn healthier ways to cope with stressful situations.
If you’re seeking treatment for the first time, it’s crucial to find the right fit. Some helpful resources for finding a therapist include:
- Online therapy platforms, like the Therapy Group of DC
- Your employee assistance program (EAP)
- Online therapist, counselor, or social worker directories
- Your insurance company’s directory
- A referral from your primary care physician
- Advocacy organizations for federal workers
Confidential, Data-Driven Federal Therapy
If you’re searching for confidential mental health treatment, consider online therapy. Online therapy is as confidential as in-person therapy sessions, meaning the information you share with your therapist cannot be shared with anyone else—including your family members—without your permission. However, online therapy makes it easy to access therapy from the comfort of your own home, so you won’t have to worry about visiting your therapist’s office or carving time out of your busy schedule.
To find a mental health provider, reach out to a therapist through the Therapy Group of DC. We know that starting therapy can feel overwhelming, and we’re here to help you every step of the way with personalized, data-driven treatment. One of our experienced mental health professionals will help you navigate your mental health concerns, find support, and start feeling better.