This is a sponsored post by BetterHelp. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had someone objective to talk to about this [issue]!”
Considering I have a couple of degrees in psychology, I am a huge proponent of mental health services. However, I am fully aware that there is still a stigma associated with going to see a therapist.
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I think that just about anybody could benefit from seeking mental health services.
Think about this for a second. Everyone knows that you need to work out your body and eat nutritious foods to stay physically healthy.
But what about your emotional health?
Taking care of your emotional health should be just as important as going to the gym and eating a balanced diet.
If you have scrolled around Pinterest lately, you can see that “self-care” is all the rage.
I’m not just talking about getting a massage once a month or taking a relaxing bath. Self-care can mean a lot of different things to people. However, I think that self-care for anyone should include both physical, emotional, and mental care.
I know what you might be thinking…
“I don’t have time to go to therapy.”
“I can’t afford something like that.”
“But what if people find out I see a therapist?”
Those are all legitimate concerns. But thankfully, I have a solution to all of them.
What is E-Counseling?
You may have heard of telehealth or telemedicine services. These are essentially health care and mental health services provided on a virtual basis.
BetterHelp is the world’s largest e-counseling platform. Their mission is “Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient – so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.”
BetterHelp offers the services of professional and licensed counselors and therapists. I’m talking highly educated professionals who have experience in marriage and family counseling, clinical social work, working with teens, and people going through all kinds of life changes.
So you can rest assured that you will be in good hands.
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But Isn’t Therapy Expensive?
I’m sure you have seen TV shows where people joke about how their therapy bills funded their therapist’s new Porsche. This is not the case with using BetterHelp. Services can cost between $40-70 a week. Now while that sill might sound like a lot, take a good look at your budget before you write it off.
Perhaps you can switch out your daily Starbucks habit for homemade lattes and better mental health.
I know going out to eat for just my husband and I (or with all the kids) can easily run $40-$100!
Once you really take a look at your budget you might be surprised at just how easy it is to move a few things around to afford mental health services.
Therapy at Your Convenience
There are also many different ways to connect with your therapist, which is also great for those with a very busy life. We can’t all be available “during office hours,” now can we?
After you are paired with a therapist that specializes in your situation, there are several different ways you are able to communicate with one another. You are assigned a “room” in which you are able to write things down at any time. While this is not live, it gives you the opportunity to get things off of your chest immediately. Then when your therapist responds you will get an email notification.
There are also opportunities for live phone sessions, live chat sessions, and live video sessions.
If you still aren’t sure, go ahead and give it a try. There is a short survey to fill out in order to pair you up with the appropriate counselor or therapist. If you have any other questions, go ahead and check out their FAQ page.
What will you do for your mental health this year?