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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!

BetterHelp online counseling services are an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Online counseling is more affordable and less anxiety-provoking, and BetterHelp specifically offers the largest database of licensed counselors. But there are cons, too! Check out a therapist-in-training's opinion of the 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.

Bonus!

Anyone who is interested in BetterHelp is likely dealing with a mental health issue that feels like it’s getting out of hand. For that reason, I’ve put together a resource list full of phone numbers and websites you can call or use to get the right help. It includes the suicide hotline as well as substance abuse, eating disorder, and sexual assault hotlines. It also includes BetterHelp and other similar online counseling sites. You can get it for free right below:

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BetterHelp online counseling services are an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Online counseling is more affordable and less anxiety-provoking, and BetterHelp specifically offers the largest database of licensed counselors. But there are cons, too! Check out a therapist-in-training's opinion of the services.

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.

BetterHelp online counseling services are an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Online counseling is more affordable and less anxiety-provoking, and BetterHelp specifically offers the largest database of licensed counselors. But there are cons, too! Check out a therapist-in-training's opinion of the services.Who am I to tell you all this?

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.

Cons

  • 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.

Pros

  • 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?

BetterHelp online counseling services are an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Online counseling is more affordable and less anxiety-provoking, and BetterHelp specifically offers the largest database of licensed counselors. But there are cons, too! Check out a therapist-in-training's opinion of the services.

BetterHelp online counseling services are an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Online counseling is more affordable and less anxiety-provoking, and BetterHelp specifically offers the largest database of licensed counselors. But there are cons, too! Check out a therapist-in-training's opinion of the services.
BetterHelp online counseling services are an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Online counseling is more affordable and less anxiety-provoking, and BetterHelp specifically offers the largest database of licensed counselors. But there are cons, too! Check out a therapist-in-training's opinion of the services.

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I'm Nicole, and I've always known that I was meant to be a blogger. I have two fails under my belt and am working hard to make the third time a charm with my newest endeavor, Uninspired. I'm a grad student in marriage and family therapy, but I also love creative writing, cooking and baking, reading, and DIY, which all get to shine in this little lifestyle blog of mine.

20 Comments

  1. I love BetterHelp. I think it’s very important for people to be able to come across it because there are so many out there who need only a word or counsel. Thanks for sharing.

    • That’s true! It’s definitely awesome for people who might just need a session or two to clear their heads or to deal with a specific problem. Great point, and thanks for reading!

  2. I can see how online counseling would work well for some but not others. Myself, I would prefer face to face counseling, but I can see how the online option has its advantages.

    • As a counselor, I agree with you that face-to-face is ideal because like I said in the post, it helps me get the full picture of the situation. But like you said, there are definite advantages to the online option for the client, which is extremely important too! The client needs to feel comfortable.

  3. I’d never heard of BetterHelp but it does seem great. I appreciate that you included pros and cons and acknowledged that it wouldn’t work for everyone.

    • I’m so glad you learned something new!! And yes, I’m happy to mention the cons! I happily endorse BetterHelp as they take every precaution and try their hardest to help people, but everything in the world has downsides, so trying to hide them is silly. And as a therapist and a blogger who tries hard to be genuine and helpful, it wouldn’t be ethical of me to hide them, either!

  4. Still a bit hesitant to use online services but there’s no doubt it’s the future especially when the help becomes augmented.

    • Totally understandable! It’s definitely not going to be for everyone. Thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts anyway!

  5. I’ve been using BetterHelp for 2 years– it’s such a great alternative to traditional counseling and I get a lot out of my sessions. I even got 2 of my friends on to it.

    • That’s amazing!! Maybe you better partner with them haha, it seems like you have the magic touch. I’m so glad you and your friends found help that works for you! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  6. That’s interesting about the money side of things being handled separately. I have always thought tha it must be really difficult for a therapist to counsel someone and then say that will be x number of pounds.

    • It definitely is! As an intern, I don’t handle the money stuff right now but I know that’s something I’m going to struggle with a lot when I’m working in my own practice. It takes away some genuineness that you hope to foster, and for a lot of clients, that’s a big barrier. Knowing that having a great therapeutic relationship is one of the biggest factors in a client’s success, this is a HUGE pro for BetterHelp. Thanks so much for your comment!

    • That’s exactly what I was hoping for when I posted it! That people who haven’t heard of it yet would have another option for getting help if they need it. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, and I hope BetterHelp works for you if you decide to try it! 🙂

  7. I think this is a great idea, but only as a back up to face-to-face sessions. As you mentioned, it’s great for people that travel a lot or have trouble working in counseling appointments. This seems like an excellent source of support for spur of the moment sessions, when you can’t meet with your own therapist right away. Thanks for sharing!

    • Agreed! BetterHelp does have a video option so you don’t lose so much of the nuance in interactions, but I do agree this type of thing is better when you need short-term help, or when you’re on-the-go. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  8. This sounds interesting, I can see how it would work better for a lot of people, especially those with logistical differences or who struggle with social situations.

    • Exactly! This type of counseling is perfect for those who suffer from social anxiety or something, where it wouldn’t be therapeutic for them to meet a new person, especially an inquisitive one who asked all about their life at first meeting. Thanks so much for your comment!

  9. Hi Nicole! I just talked about BetterHelp with my friend. I have been convincing her to see a therapist for so long. She has been suffering from depression. But she isn’t willing to go. Any help for such people on BetterHelp platform?

    • Hey Mary! It sounds like she’s a pretty perfect candidate for BetterHelp! Unless she’s having serious suicidal feelings, in which case she should skip right to emergency services. But if she’s not, it sounds like it would be great for her because it’s very low commitment. They have a 7-day free trial, it’s a smaller investment because it’s cheaper, and she can cancel anytime if she finds she doesn’t like it. Plus, they match you with a therapist based on your answers to a bunch of questions about how you’re feeling, so she would never be tossed with someone who doesn’t understand what she’s going through. Keep me updated! I’d love to hear if she gives it a shot.

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