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.)
Is online therapy for you?
For a lot of reasons it's the ideal for many.
(See below if you're not sure.)
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'.
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.
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.):
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.
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:
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.
Plus, if you're brand new to counseling it's an easy place to get started.