4 Mental Health Facts You Didn’t Know About Gene Wilder

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We all know Gene Wilder was an amazing actor who played some of the most memorable characters of our lifetime, including Willy Wonka. His passing has galvanized us to reflect on his work and honor his life. It’s also an opportunity to learn lesser-known facts about a legend.

Wilder was also a mental health advocate. Through his work and charity, he left behind mental health references we can now highlight and appreciate in a new light. Continue reading 4 Mental Health Facts You Didn’t Know About Gene Wilder

Different Types of Therapists [Psychotherapists]: The Complete Guide

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There are dozens of types of therapists [psychotherapists], each with a different method, speciality, salary or degree. If you are interested in working with a psychotherapist, this guide will offer all the information you need to find the professional who best fits your challenges, lifestyle, budget and preferences. It is also helpful for aspiring therapists who want to learn about possible career paths.

What Does “Type” Mean in the Context of Therapists?

There are several factors that determine exactly what a therapist’s “type” is (we explore all of them thoroughly in the rest of the guide):

There is no consensus or standard definition of what “type” means in the context of psychotherapists. “Type” can refer to any one of the aforementioned factors. Continue reading Different Types of Therapists [Psychotherapists]: The Complete Guide

How Working With a Therapist is Different Than Talking to a Friend

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Talking to a friend may be free, but only working with a therapist will give you the cognitive and emotional skills to live a happier life.

When we don’t completely understand what psychotherapy is, it’s easy to assume it won’t be more beneficial than talking to a friend. Like a relationship with a friend, seeing a therapist involves conversing with someone, being vulnerable and maybe receiving advice. These aspects of therapy are, however, only a small part of the experience.

Once you learn the differences between working with a therapist and talking to a friend, it will be easy to see how therapy might be worth the investment. It’s more than paying to chat with someone, and it carries less risks than treating your friends like therapists. Continue reading How Working With a Therapist is Different Than Talking to a Friend

How Talkspace Keeps Your Data Safe, Secure and Private

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When people work toward a happier life by sharing their secrets with an online therapist, they deserve to know their information is safe, secure and private. At Talkspace, security is a top priority.

Hundreds of thousands of people use our platform to send messages they only want their therapist to see. It’s our job to protect that information.

Keep reading to learn how we protect your messages from hackers and other security threats. It will give you peace of mind so you can communicate with your therapist without worrying about other people accessing your data. Continue reading How Talkspace Keeps Your Data Safe, Secure and Private

8 Ways to Make the Most of Counseling

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You’ve taken the step to schedule your first appointment with a psychotherapist or a counselor. You are nervous, though, worried you might not know what to do when you get there.

You have all these thoughts running through your head like, “Will they judge me? Will it really help?” You consider cancelling the appointment, but you’re in a crisis or trying to prevent a crisis. In the end you decide you are going.

Once you find a counselor who is a good match, you will want to get the most out of your investment in time and money. Here are some ideas on how to make the most of the counseling experience. Continue reading 8 Ways to Make the Most of Counseling

Meet Our Therapists: Karissa Brennan

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Name: Karissa Brennan, LMHC, DCC
Licensing Info: NYS MHC 005767; DCC 1584
Where you live: New York, New York
Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Amount of time working at Talkspace: nine months
Time working as a therapist: five years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I’m curious about what drives us, what helps us feel empowered and what takes our power away. I work in mental health because I find being with people in those quiet, honest moments is the most humbling and valuable experience, and I’m lucky enough to do it every day with the most fascinating people. Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Karissa Brennan

Do Therapists Give Advice (And Should They)?

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Many therapists give advice, but there isn’t a single correct answer to the question of whether they should.

Giving advice in the context of therapy — something that sounds benign — is actually a controversial and divisive issue. Advice can mean telling a client what to do, something many therapists believe is unethical and counterproductive, or at least risky. Continue reading Do Therapists Give Advice (And Should They)?