I believe that you need therapy. It’s nothing personal because I believe that everyone needs therapy in their life. I’ve never met a person that couldn’t benefit from a little one on one time with someone trained to help you work through your stuff. Because we ALL have stuff.
I’ve been in therapy several times in my life. The only reason I’ve ever stopped therapy was because of the ridiculous price tag that it comes with.
Several months ago I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers and she mentioned that she had started a new form of therapy that was affordable and that you could do from anywhere.
Huh? Tell me more oh lovely YouTuber!
This type of therapy doesn’t include travel or couches (Unless it’s yours)…or even getting dressed for that matter. It’s online therapy!
Now before you click out…WAIT! Hold on! Just give me a little more time to explain.
Traditional therapy costs anywhere from $75 to $150 an hour. Once a week.
If your insurance doesn’t cover that or at least some of that, it’s just not possible for most people. Me included.
BetterHelp is an alternative. I’ve been using this service for a few months now and I couldn’t be more surprised…or more pleased.
I know three other people personally, who have also been using the service so I think I can give you a pretty good idea of what it’s all about if you’re interested.
First of all…the cost.
You will pay $35-$75 dollars a week for unlimited access to your counselor. Not for an hour a week!!
You pay monthly. I think there is an available option to pay weekly, but it breaks down to more that way of course. And like any other service, you have to cancel at the end of the month or you will be charged again.
When you sign up you are asked several questions. This helps them match you up with a licensed counselor in your state.
You then get assigned a room. This chatroom is for you and your counselor only. You can remain anonymous…I do not….but you can. The two of you will use this room to chat back and forth either in a more email form or you can set up a time for both of you to be in the room at the same time and chat in real time. You can also schedule phone calls and even Skype time. And there is a BetterHelp app so you can do all of this from your phone as well.
The only time you must share personal information is when you sign up. You have to share your full name and address in case there is some sort of emergency. The therapist then requests your information from BetterHelp and you will be notified that they did.
If you feel that the cost is too high for you, you can apply for a sort of financial aid and it’s a simple questionnaire. If you qualify the price will go down.
I was very lucky and I was matched with the perfect therapist for me. I have been with her from day one.
BUT if you are not feeling the connection, you can request a different counselor with a simple click of a button. No need to explain yourself. One of the people I know that uses this service had a hard time finding the right fit. The 4th time was a charm and they have been very happy since.
I have not utilized the instant chat or phone calls. I prefer to write to my counselor and then wait to hear back from her. She is incredibly quick to respond (usually within 12 hours) and extremely thorough with her replies. This works for me. I felt an immediate connection though and I feel like she understands my tone. A couple of phone calls may benefit someone else though.
Another great aspect is that you can pause your subscription for up to three months without losing all of your chats.
This form of therapy is working for me and countless others.
I could not be happier.
I think we all can benefit from therapy. It’s a kinder way to care for our minds and souls.
I hope that if you are in need of counseling that you will consider this option.
If you want more info they have a great FAQ section on their website that breaks down every little thing.
Thanks for reading~