We are all busy nowadays and with all the amazing technology that we have, why not use it for something we really need, like managing our mental health? Actually, millions of people already do. Although there are still a lot of people who will balk at the idea and say that it is just a passing fad that will not amount to anything, the fact is, online therapy is not going anywhere. It is here to stay. Not only is it easier and more convenient, it can be there in an emergency when your therapist cannot, and you can talk to someone anytime you need without an appointment. Yep, no appointment necessary.
How Does It Work?
Talking to a therapist online is just as easy as talking to anyone online. You can use any electronic device such as your smart phone, tablet, or laptop, and just text, instant message, email, call, or use voice chat like Skype or Facetime. When you first contact one of the online mental health providers such as BetterHelp.com, all you have to do is answer a few simple questions and they will match you up with a therapist. If you do not like that therapist for any reason, you can ask for another. As many times as it takes for you to get someone you are truly comfortable with.
Comfort and Convenience
Gone are the days where you have to set an appointment with a psychiatrist in an office an hour away and wait for several weeks to see them. And if you do not feel comfortable with them, well, there are not as many choices when you are seeing someone face to face. Not to mention the hoops you have to jump through to change therapists. Then you have to wait another week or month for another appointment and hope that you feel comfortable with the next one. With online therapy, you can choose who you feel most comfortable sharing your feelings with because that is the most important thing in therapy. Comfort. But the convenience of online therapy is also pretty awesome too.
So, you now have an online therapist and you are having an anxiety attack or severe bout of depression. What can you do? If you had a regular therapist, you would have to make an appointment and wait until you could be seen. By then, the anxiety attack will be over and although your depression will likely still be there, it will probably be worse by then. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pick up your tablet or phone and text your therapist anytime you need to? They may not answer immediately but they will contact you within hours rather than days or weeks. And you can do this from home, in your bed or on your couch in your pajamas or even in the office at work. Wherever and whenever you need to.
Does It Work?
Online therapy is the same as traditional therapy in many ways and even better in some. For example, you are communicating with a licensed professional who is experienced in your issues. And, you can contact them when you need them, so it is better in that way. Also, for those who have trouble talking about their feelings face to face, online therapy is a life saver. This is also beneficial to those with PTSD or social anxiety who don’t like to go out in public. In addition, those with depression tend to be rather unmotivated and rarely follow through with appointments, especially if it happens to be on a day when you do not feel like getting out of bed. With online therapy, you don’t have to. So, yes, it works because people who would not have sought treatment before will get treatment now.
Traditional face to face therapy can cost anywhere from $150 to $250 per hour while online therapy with BetterHelp is only $35 to $80 per week for unlimited messaging with your therapist. This can also include telephone and video chat sessions, if you like. No matter how often you talk to them, whatever time of day it is, your price is the same. No more huge bills for getting an emergency appointment, if you can get one. How can they afford to be so cheap? They do not have the expenses as traditional therapists such as rent or lease payments, cost of an office staff, utilities such as gas, water, and electric for the office, and transportation costs. They pass those savings on to you because you already have enough stress in your life without having to worry about how you are going to pay for your therapy.
Talk to Someone
Regardless of the mental health issue that you have, online therapy can help. Even if you eventually need to see someone in person, that can be arranged online too. For example, if you need medication you will have to see a psychiatrist in their office and BetterHelp.com can help you find the best one for you. Contact them today and get started so you can feel better.
Marie Miguel Biography
|Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.|