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I am bursting with excitement! I’m so excited, in fact, that I stopped the presses to write this post. Yes, I actually pushed back all the Mental Health Monday posts that were scheduled this month so I could tell you I scored a partnership with BetterHelp online counseling services!
What is BetterHelp?
BetterHelp online counseling services are an alternative to traditional therapy. Online counseling is great for people who are wary of new social situations, or meeting new people. It’s also great for people who like to think about what they say. BetterHelp specifically is the largest platform for online counseling out there, with almost 2,000 therapists and 25 million sessions completed to date. They also own several other entities that service more specific populations, such as Terappeuta, for Spanish-speaking clients, Pride Counseling for LGBTQA clients, and Faithful Counseling for those wanting a Christian perspective.
In addition to just having a lot of therapists, BetterHelp therapists are also fully licensed professionals. They have the same credentials as the therapists you might meet in person. So, why would they decide to work online instead of in their own practice somewhere?
Well, BetterHelp handles the housekeeping end of therapy and eliminates the situations therapists hate, which take the genuineness out of the process. For example, BetterHelp handles the billing. So, a therapist will never have a great heart-to-heart with their client, only to have to lead them back into the front desk and ask for $150.
Another reason therapists may gravitate toward online counseling is the lack of dealing with other systems like the courts. Unfortunately, that does mean court mandated clients cannot use online counseling services. But since therapists have less case management to do, they can charge less. BetterHelp online counseling does generally cost less than traditional therapy, at $35-$70 per week. Traditional therapy can cost up to $250 per session.
How Can BetterHelp Online Counseling Services Help Uninspired Readers Like You?
If you’ve been here before, you know all about Mental Health Monday. Every week, either myself or a gust blogger writes a post about all different aspects of mental health. Today, we’re talking about this ~awesome new way to get therapy.~ Last week, we had a blogger named Jo talk about the best books for self-care. But sometimes, we have much more serious posts. For example, Elizabeth’s post that covered heroin, domestic violence, and PTSD. I want to make sure that, if any of these posts bring up anything tough for you, you have somewhere to turn.
And what’s the point of dredging up all these emotions for you?
It’s because Uninspired’s goal is to help twenty-somethings be the best versions of themselves. And you can’t give your best to the world if you don’t have 100% to give because of trauma, depression, anxiety, etc. In fact, the more you try to give when you have nothing, the more you’ll actually hurt the people around you, as well as yourself. So, we need to push back against this idea that we should act like we’re always fine. And we need to stop thinking of therapy as something that people only do when they’ve hit rock bottom.
That’s why I host Mental Health Monday, and that’s why I partnered with BetterHelp online counseling services. I want to showcase people who are pushing against stigma and sharing how they’ve healed through negative experiences. Hopefully, that gives you the push you need to do the same for yourself. And in that case, I want you to have somewhere to turn before you lose that energy!
If I’ve convinced you to give it a shot, you can start the signup process here. If you need more convincing, read on.
A bonafide therapist-in-training, friends. I’ve been learning about the benefits therapy for about six years now, which is a full quarter of my life. Since I’ve started seeing clients, I’ve been fortunate enough to see that “aha” moment in so many of them. Seeing clients talk through things that have been bouncing around their heads for sometimes years is proof to me that counseling is the answer for almost any question.
In other situations though, I’ve seen clients who I could tell were just so uncomfortable with the whole process. It’s very difficult for a lot of people to sit in front of a stranger and tell them their deepest thoughts. As we know about technology, sometimes having that barrier of a screen makes it easier to be open. So, my experience having to draw people out of their shell has led me to believe that online counseling is the answer for a lot of people.
Pros and Cons of BetterHelp Online Counseling
So, now it’s time to really break all this down. I am an affiliate for BetterHelp, so I’ve been talking a lot about the pros, but I want to be honest and tell you about the cons, too. Since I am a therapist, it wouldn’t be ethical for me to just push anything on you without making you aware of potential downsides. So, we’re going to go through both the cons and the pros of online counseling.
- Not readily covered by insurance. It may be partially covered, but likely not fully. This is offset by the fact that online counseling is cheaper than traditional therapy, but it’s a fact nonetheless.
- Online counseling is not for everyone. For example, if you’re thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, you’ve been advised to seek psychiatric care (someone who can prescribe meds) or you’re in an emergency situation, you’re better off visiting a traditional therapist or hospital. They also cannot take on mandated cases for reasons I’ll cover in the next point.
- Loss of cues available with in-person conversation. A huge thing we learn in grad school is content vs. process. Often, the content that people come into therapy with is not the root of the problem. The process gives this away. For example– Brooke & Gary from The Breakup have this big fight that seems to be about doing the dishes. That’s the content. But the process becomes clear from watching not what Brooke says, but how she says it. Her emotionality is one clue that their fight is really about Brooke not feeling like Gary respects her needs. However, if a therapist were seeing Brooke online, she would only be privy to the content, and the process would be much more difficult to figure out.
- Confidentiality. While no one can 100% assure confidentiality over the internet, BetterHelp uses the same encryption technology as high-profile financial institutions. That means someone would have to care enough about your therapy conversations to hire a criminal to bypass firewalls made to protect billions of dollars. I love you all dearly, and I mean this in the nicest, most loving way possible, but nobody cares about you that much.
- Affordability. While it’s tough to get insurance to pay for BetterHelp online counseling services (or any online counseling), the fact that it’s cheaper than traditional therapy balances that out. While you can pay anywhere between $100-$250 per session for traditional therapy, sessions with BetterHelp cost between $30-$70 per week. You can choose between several ways to pay. And they offer payment plans for people who can’t afford their rates! And, you get a week for free when you sign up.
- Versatility. BetterHelp online counseling services are super awesome for busy people, people who travel a lot, and people who need more access to their therapist than the standard one session per week. Since your “therapy room” is online, you can have sessions anywhere you have internet access. And your therapy room is open all the time! While your therapist won’t always be there, you can always drop your thoughts there throughout the week. When your session comes, you won’t have forgotten anything you waned to talk bout. There’s also an app for easy access!
Have you ever heard of BetterHelp online counseling services? What has held you back from trying it out?