Feeling Blue? Text a Therapist!
Happy World Mental Health Awareness Day!
Keeping up with your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
Not only can mental health conditions affect the quality of your life, but they can also affect how long you live. That’s why regular therapy is so important.
But we have a big problem…
Traditional therapy isn’t accessible to most people.
Time, money, and transportation can make it impossible to have regular therapy sessions — not to mention the social stigmas, limited options, and long wait times.
Call-based therapy is a good step in the right direction. However, there are still hurdles: finding privacy from eavesdroppers, expensive fees, and finding the right time to schedule a call.
But there’s a whole new way to manage your mental health: online therapy.
With online therapy, you can text a therapist anytime and anywhere. You don’t have to wait for an appointment or worry about finding time during work hours.
The best part? It’s extremely affordable!
Online therapy can cost as little as $60 a month. Even on the higher end, you can find therapy for under $300 a month.
This is a HUGE deal.
Around half of the people who need mental health care due to anxiety, substance use, or mood disorders say cost is the #1 reason for not getting help.
A single traditional therapy session can easily cost $100 or more — sometimes up to $300.
To top it off, you often have to spend money on gas and take time away from work.
With text therapy, you can get help right from your home or workplace.
The question is, can text therapy really work?
Research shows promising results. A 2015 report analyzed 30 different studies, including more than 2,000 people, to compare the effects of internet-based cognitive behavioral and in-office therapy on anxiety.
They found that internet-based therapy is just as effective as traditional therapy.
Joel Kofmehl of Walden University also published a dissertation titled “Online Versus In-Person Therapy: Effect of Client Demographics and Personality Characteristics.”
He suggests that online therapy and online resources are comparable alternatives to face-to-face therapy, but with significantly less cost.
Companies like Talkspace, Better Help, and e-Counseling offer therapy for everyone, including veterans, couples, businesses, and the LGBT community.
How it works is simple. With Talkspace, for instance, you make an account and fill out a short questionnaire.
Once they match you with a therapist, you can message them throughout the day — you don’t have to wait to get something off your mind. The therapist will reply as soon as they are available.
The whole process can be done straight from their secure and encrypted app.
One online counseling patient explained:
My counselor was great at explaining how things would work and also in following my lead in what I felt like I needed to explore. In about 4 months, I no longer needed counseling.
There’s no doubt that access to mental health care has been a massive problem for millions of Americans. Online therapy could be the solution. Text a therapist and see how it works for you.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ