Getting Started With Your Online Therapist

If you’re thinking about trying online therapy, it’s important to do your research and find a therapist that is right for you. There are a lot of factors to consider, including how your sessions will be conducted (via videoconferencing or texting), what types of insurance they accept and their fees. You should also think about your comfort level with openly sharing your feelings and problems online. And finally, you’ll want to make sure that your therapist is trustworthy and HIPAA compliant.

Online therapy can be helpful for people who don’t have access to in-person counseling services. This is especially true for people who live in “therapy deserts,” areas where mental health care providers are scarce or nonexistent. And it can be useful for people who have mobility issues or chronic illnesses that prevent them from leaving the comfort of their homes.

In addition to convenience, there are a few other benefits of online therapy that make it an attractive option for some people:

The Selection: Many platforms provide access to many different Online Therapist from around the country or world. This gives you a wider range of options, so you’re more likely to find a therapist with the experience and credentials that meet your needs. And if you don’t click with your first therapist, most online therapy companies make it easy to switch until you find one that is a good match for you.

Reduced Stigma: Many people are uncomfortable talking about their mental health struggles in person, and the anonymity of online therapy can be an appealing option. This can help reduce the stigma associated with therapy and encourage more people to seek treatment.

Cost: Online therapy can be less expensive than in-person treatment, and it’s often covered by health insurance. However, you should always check with your therapist’s office to confirm this.

The Technology Reliance: Videoconferencing sessions are reliant on your internet connection, and if you have family members or coworkers who can listen in, this can be a privacy concern. Additionally, if you have a problem with your connection or lose service during a session, it may be difficult to reconnect.

Getting Started with Your Online Therapist

Finding the right therapist can take time, but it’s worth it to find someone who you connect with and who understands your challenges. To get started, consider taking a free assessment with BetterHelp. BetterHelp has over 20,000 licensed therapists who are ready to match you with the right fit. BetterHelp starts at $65 a week.

Darren Moore, PhD, LMFT, is a counselor and blogger who specializes in helping people deal with anxiety. He is also the founder of BetterHelp, a telehealth company that provides online therapy for individuals and couples. He has been in private practice for more than 20 years.

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