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!
*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.