Coping skills are mechanisms that you use to deal with stress and trauma. We all face difficult times in our lives, and sometimes we need help to get through them. You must develop solutions and coping skills whether you have one issue or multiple problems that cause stress, anxiety or depression. Dr. Piper Walsh compassionately helps people in South OC develop coping skills from therapy.

When Do People Need To Develop Coping Strategies?

There are many times in life when coping strategies are necessary. After a loss such as a divorce or the death of a loved one, coping strategies help people to continue their lives while they deal with anger, depression and grief. In some instances, coping strategies may be necessary after a positive life change. For example, some newlyweds may have difficulty adjusting to married life and may face emotional challenges. Also, the birth of a child or a job promotion may bring more joy to life but may also bring new types of stress. Dr. Walsh knows how to help people learn and use coping skills to get through any type of life change.

Types Of Coping Mechanisms And Strategies

Coping strategies usually include two major facets. Coping is needed because of a problem that causes emotional distress. A problem-focused strategy helps you deal with the person, incident or thing that causes the distress. An emotion-based strategy helps you deal with the negative feelings that arise from the problem. Learning to cope with only the problem but not with the feelings can be detrimental. This is why Dr. Walsh performs a thorough analysis and develops a comprehensive and personalized strategy for you.

Mechanisms for coping may be active or avoidant. Active coping is addressing the problem when it causes negative feelings. However, avoidant coping is avoiding the problem or stress source. These are some examples of common coping mechanisms:

  • Talking about the problem
  • Relaxing
  • Taking action
  • Humor
  • Physical activities

Think of a coping strategy as a holistic approach to dealing with what is troubling you. Also, a comprehensive coping strategy includes awareness and multiple actions or activities. Creating an ideal action plan depends on your individual needs, the problem, your feelings and your goals. Dr. Walsh will discuss these topics with you in greater detail and will help you build an effective action plan.

As time passes, improper coping mechanisms may turn into more complex issues. When a life change or problem arises, it is important to seek therapy as quickly as possible. You show care for yourself and for your mental health when you seek help. Reaching out for help is often the most difficult step of the process for some people. The good news is that once you reach out, you will have a personal advocate who is ready to help you succeed. If you are ready to learn beneficial coping skills from therapy, call South OC Counseling.