Hired Me an On-Line Therapist for Christmas!

Yep! There is an online program called Better Help. You just answer a few questions and BAM! You got yourself a therapist … available twenty-four hours, seven days a week. My poor counselor is learning that a person with fibro sleeps sporadically and gets real chatty around two in the morning. Poor thing. I must say though, she is a trooper and has kept pace with me! Step by step.

The price is right! No insurance required. $45. a month for three months then $25. per week after that. You can talk to your counselor in that one month period as many times as you want to! Unlimited! I am only in month one and I think I’ll be wrapping up my sessions within this month. You can request a 1:1 video chat if you prefer, so far I’ve just been emailing.

At Better Help, they do not medicate as far as I know. I have my anti-depressants that work for me, so I do not need medical advice for medicating my depression. I do think it is primarily overlooked that besides taking medication, part of the treatment for depression is seeing a therapist you can talk to. Just as this disease of depression changes, decreasing and increasing in intensity, so does our need to seek professional assistance when we are spiraling in uncertain times.

Depression. Mood issues? No, much more. Emotional and physical limitations legitimately factor into this disease. It isn’t just experiencing a little sadness … this disease messes with your ability to function! To be able to reach out to a professional over the internet when you need to talk? This is an amazing alternative to having to get your butt up, out of the house, and to an appointment! I mean, the last thing you want to do when you are depressed is face the outside world!

I really do not know if this is the answer for everyone, but for me, I need a mental health check-up every six months or so! Better Help ( https://www.betterhelp.com/ ) works for me.* I’m finding this to be a great alternative to traditional office visits. I want to caution you, I do not believe this is the appropriate help for a newly diagnosed individual with mental health issues. I believe the one to one therapy is needed.  I went to traditional therapy for seven years and it was a key factor in learning how to live my best life with a chronic illness.

Let’s live our best lives!

IMG_3343~Kim

*This is my personal experience. I use this service. I do not get a referral fee of any kind. I found this service helpful and simply wanted you to be aware of its existence.

 

 

17 comments

  1. This is an AWESOME find Kim!!! Thank you so much for sharing it. You are one of the things I am most thankful for this season. Thank you again for all you do to help us all not feel so alone in this chronic illness.
    ~ Tamara

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  2. Sounds interesting, I think things like this make a great alternative (if it suits you, of course, as it wouldn’t suit everyone) to face-to-face therapy or long sessions and higher prices and/or waiting lists. Thanks for sharing – going to take a gander at the website now! It’s great to hear you’ve found it useful, I hope it continues to be beneficial for you 🙂
    Caz x

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    1. I hope I made it clear that this should be used only after you have done some face to face therapy. I think this is a great set-up for a mental health ‘check-up’. This certainly isn’t a fit for everyone. It happens to work for me at this time in my life.~Kim

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      1. Yes, sorry, I probably just didn’t make that clear in my comment. In the UK, you tend to get a set number of sessions on the NHS if you manage to get therapy/counselling. After that, you’re on your own really or having to pay a great deal for private therapy. As a check-in/check-up, this sounds like a good option to keep on top of things and have that little extra support when needed. Won’t suit everyone, but like you say, it works for you at this point in your life which is positive to hear 🙂

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  3. Thank you for sharing this! I never knew this was possible! The money is definitely right as well! I have needed a counselor for a while now but could find someone that would be this convenient. I am going to try to get this started right away! The past few months for me has been so hard and I have not had many people I could talk to, so hopefully this will a step in the right direction for me and help me get healthier mentally! Thank you so much for sharing this, you just made my day and have given me some hope for sanity!!!

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