Do you feel shy about asking for help - maybe you just don't know how to begin. That's not uncommon. Actually, that was my issue way back when.
The idea of walking through the door of a therapist felt way out of my league. (It flooded my circuits just to think of calling someone and making an appointment.)
Dr. Susan "Shrinklady" LaCombe
Is online therapy for you?
For a lot of reasons it's the ideal for many.
(See below if you're not sure.)
- 24/7 exactly when you need it
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Hesitant to start counseling?
I personally waited way too long because I figured I was 'making too much of nothing' - that my problems were too puny for a shrink to bother with. Boy, did I get that wrong 😉
Because in the end, it doesn't matter - there's no rule books out there for managing emotions and relationships. We all need help at one time or another. And we're all entitled to get that help.
Besides who doesn't want to feel better than they do right now. That's what the right therapist at the right time can do for you - take you to the next level.
And if the thought of walking into a therapist's office feels completely overwhelming - as it did for me one time - then this is the easiest way to 'learn the ropes'.
Advantages of online counseling
That's of course one of the biggest advantages with doing therapy online. You can access an online therapist right from your own computer - at any location.
It's much easier to feel at ease, when you're in the safety and comfort of your own home. Makes sense eh.
And because you choose when and how long the sessions will be, you also have a sense of control that contributes to the safe feelings. I like that too.
That's why I promote online counseling - it removes a lot of the typical barriers that trip up many folks and keep them from starting. And that's the whole point...getting started.
If you start online it's much easier to jump to face-to-face if you so desire.
When online counseling is NOT the best option
If you need any of the following, face-to-face would be better suited to your needs. (This isn't an exclusive list - just some things to consider.):
- You need a formal diagnosis/assessment for insurance coverage
- You need your therapist's notes for a court case
- You're ready to go to the next level and feel you've outgrown online therapy
- You get attached quite quickly and/or need to work through a transference
So, if any of my comments ring true to you, I wouldn't hesitate. Get help now, exactly when you need it. Whether your choice is online counseling, face-to-face therapy or any number of the healing modalities, I encourage you to take the first step.
Don't let anything stop you from moving forward in your life.
You deserve to get as much support and guidance as you want.
PS. BTW, I'm affiliated with BetterHelp* (See below) which - though it's not the only online service - I just happen to like their awesome deal: you can talk to your therapist as often as you wish. That part I really like. Instead of waiting for your next appointment - talk to your therapist when you need to. I also like how it's set up because all therapists put themselves out there to be reviewed by their clients. That's literally unheard of in traditional face to face therapy.
PPS. Please know that when I say "I'm affiliated with them" it means that when I place their ad on my site and you sign up with them, I get a commission that supports this site. Also know that you don't pay extra - the fee I get is already part of their referral system.
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How to begin
1. Complete a short quiz.
2. Get matched with a counselor.
3. Speak with your counselor as often as you want.
4. Pay one flat fee no matter how often you speak to your therapist.
5. No obligation. Cancel anytime.
Now, speaking to a counselor for the first time can feel...well, a little unfamiliar. Just know . . . most people are relieved to find how easy it is.
Sometimes it's just a matter of taking that first step. Though in the end, you have to judge for yourself. I grabbed these comments from real clients to give you an idea:
Feedback from clients
Written by M.E. after counseling with Jennifer Smith for 2 months
Jennifer has been a great help to me. She was able to see the bigger picture and help me realize somethings that I didn't see. She's great at giving advice and hitting the nail on the head when I can't express myself fully. She understands my scattered thoughts and helps put it in a perspective that I couldn't do on my own.
Written by R.A. after counseling with Peggy Chen for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem
Peggy Chin is very helpful and attentive to my therapy needs. I would highly recommend her and BetterHelp as means of therapy. I feel comforted at being able to talk to my therapist several times in a week. It is very convenient and I am so glad I tried it!
How to begin your therapy session
Don't be surprised if once you begin your session, you find yourself initially carrying a lot of emotion. That's because we often inadvertently set ourselves up when we first start talking to a therapist.
You see, it's likely that you've been holding on and waiting for this moment.
That's okay. Most therapists are used to seeing this. Just give yourself lots of time to settle.
Online therapy is going mainstream. The reason is simple.
- When you want and where you want: 24/7.
- You have a record of the therapist's comments (with email and chat). Useful for re-reading.
- Many people find it easier to disclose emotionally difficult information (having a phone session shifted my own therapy).
- Email exchanges give you time to reflect on your therapist's response.
Plus, if you're brand new to counseling it's an easy place to get started.
Written by S.T. after counseling with george lawson for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and grief
I started out being skeptical of the on-line counseling, but due to the convenience, I thought I'd give it a try. Much to my surprise, In just a few sessions George has been immensely helpful in listening (via computer) and advising. I quickly came to trust him. He did offer me the option to Skype rather than keyboard, but I find I have time to think a bit more and I'm greatly satisfied with this process.
Written by J.O after counseling with Felicia Rock for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and grief
From afar Felicia has held my hand throughout this very difficult time in my life. I have started almost every day with writing to her. Each entry is a release of feelings, some are hopeful but many are filled with sadness and despair. Felicia helps me see that I'm strong enough to weather this storm and embrace my new story.
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Written by K.A. after counseling with Debra Halseth for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, parenting, and self esteem
She is amazing. She isn't going to just give you advice but helps you walk through the steps to work through your problems or situations. She responds in a decent time when you write to her. She has been a great help to me.
Written by S.H after counseling with Dr. Courtney Liggera for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem
Dr. Liggera was amazing in helping me through some of my struggles! I never once felt judged and could be open and honest without any fear. Her suggestions at managing my anxiety have been extremely helpful and even though I feel like I'm "out of the woods" with my current situation, I'll gladly be keeping the service as the ability to have a resource like her available is priceless.