When I think of hats, my mind immediately goes to the comfort a beanie provides me on a cold fall night. Extra comfort and cute points if that beanie has a pouf ball on top. Depending on who you are and what your life experience is, you may conjure up a different image in your head when I say, “hat”. For the purpose of this metaphor though, I am referring to the roles we have in our lives. For example, my current hat at Promise is a mental health therapist; I also wear the hat of a girlfriend, a friend, an aunt, a sister, a daughter, an adjunct professor and an artist. I invite you to take inventory of the different roles you have in your life. No really, right now, pause your reading and count on your fingers the different roles you have.
Are you surprised at the number of hats you wear? According to a 2021 study by, OPPO, a smartphone company, the average person has seven roles at any given time. We may not always wear all of these hats at once. Some we put on at different times of day or set aside for a bit, others we take off and decide it is not for us. Every hat we put on represents a different part of us. For example, I did not have much of a choice in being born a sister. As I got older however, I chose to embrace that role and I continue to try my best to be the sister my sisters need. That role to me represents the silliest part of me. My sisters and I are all goof balls through and through. My role as a therapist? Being a mirror and a guide for people to discover and utilize their intelligent, creative, and relational selves.
The hats we choose to wear give others a peek into what we value, who we value, and how we value ourselves.
Mental health month may seem daunting if you know nothing about it or don’t know where to start. I encourage you to start by taking inventory. Checking in with the hats we wear enables us to pause, contemplate, and prioritize. Chances are that every role in our life has a ton of tasks and duties to help us fulfill that role. If you are a parent, you are also the cleanup fairy, the schedule manager, the cook, the personal chauffeur, the tutor, and the dramatic bedtime story reenactor. If we add up all those tasks from all those roles… phew! It is no wonder many of us feel consistently pulled in every direction. It isn’t until we intentionally bring our roles and their tasks to the forefront of our minds, or onto a piece of paper, that we realize we do a lot more than we might think.
In the coming weeks, our mental health team will help you go beyond the checking in phase and give you tips and ways to manage the hats you wear to help you take care of yourself while wearing your different hats.
For now, take a week to pause and look around at the array of hats you have managed to collect. Notice what you feel and the thoughts that come to mind when you think of all of the hats you wear. Are you proud of them? Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Why did you choose them? What does each hat say about you and what do you believe about yourself when you wear that hat? Just notice.
Promise Community Health Center Mental Health Team
Promise Community Health Center offers a range of mental health services. Our mental health team collaborates with our patients to assess current coping skills, address emotional needs and work through lifelong patterns. These services are available on-site and by Telehealth by our mental health department.
Promise Community Health Center is proud to provide bilingual mental health therapy in northwest Iowa. Our bilingual therapist can provide mental health services in both English and Spanish. Promise also provides our patients with a mental health interpreter who is qualified to interpret into Spanish for Spanish speaking mental health patients. Our goal is to make sure that our patients are able to do mental health therapy in the language they feel most comfortable speaking. We are happy to have bilingual mental health therapists and counselors and a mental health interpreter to provide accessible and affordable bilingual therapy in Northwest Iowa.
What can Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center mental health therapists help with:
- Developing & exploring effective coping skills
- Addressing emotional needs
- Working through lifelong patterns
- Working through difficult life situations
- Developing better communication skills
- and so much more!
Our mental health therapists and counselors in Sioux Center provide many therapies including:
- Individual Therapy
- Child Therapy
- Adolescent Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Women’s Issues Therapy
- Online Therapy
- Family Therapy
Our Promise mental health therapists are specialized and trained in many different therapies including:
- Anxiety Therapy
- Trauma Therapy
- A.R.T.- Accelerated Response Therapy
- EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
- Art Therapy
- DBT- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Generational Family Therapy
- Complex Trauma Therapy
- CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Trauma Services Therapy
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy
Our Sioux Center therapists and counselors are offering services to the following in our northwest Iowa communities:
- Children- Ages 8 and older
Some of our mental health therapy patients come from Sioux Center, Rock Valley, Inwood, and Rock Rapids. We also provide mental health therapy and counseling for patients from Boyden, Hull, Sheldon, George, Sibley, and Spencer. Patients needing mental health therapy or counseling also come from Le Mars, Orange City, Alton, Hawarden, and Hudson. Promise is proud to provide mental health therapy and counseling to northwest Iowa.