From the couch to the keyboard. Not your mama’s therapy.

 

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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.

Recently BetterHelp offered me a link to share with friends. If you click it and sign up I get a discounted month. Full discloser there. 😉 I will not see your name or know who clicked that link. Your privacy is safe.

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If you want to sign up and want to use my link….awesome. If you want to sign up but you don’t want to use my link…that’s awesome too!!

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~

nikkisig

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18 thoughts on “From the couch to the keyboard. Not your mama’s therapy.

  1. I agree, we can all certainly benefit and learn something from therapy. Too many times therapy and counselling have been stigmatised or kept hush hush in households as it’s deemed ’embaressing’ to admit that you’re getting therapy. Posts like this, and the ability to openly discuss it, break that stigma and create a familiarity about this subject, therefore making it more easily approached, without the hesitation and embarrassment.

    I also love Nikki’s way of writing, she keeps you hooked right till the end! Great post 🙂

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    1. Yes! Thank you! I’ve never understood why it should be seen as a weakness to get help to make yourself the best self you can be. Seems so backwards to me.
      Thanks so much for this awesome comment. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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  2. It is so funny, I was just asking around this weekend about the price of therapy and whether my work insurance would cover it. My assumption on the high cost has kept me from investing much time in my research for the right therapy. And I just come across your post. Thanks a ton for sharing. Positive It will help more than one. K.O.

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    1. Wonderful! If it seems even a little interesting to you I encourage you to take the chance. My biggest advice here would be to make sure you like and connect with your therapist and if you don’t, move on to another one. They make it very easy to switch to someone you feel comfortable with.
      I think that for most people the cost is what keeps them away. I’m glad you saw this post! Good luck in your search. 🙂

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  3. Hello Nikki,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for being open about therapy.
    I think the idea of online therapy is a wonderful one that may give people more access to treatment. A welcome initiative
    💐💜💜

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