Finding the Best Online Therapy for You

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The best online therapy provides a convenient, affordable way to receive mental health support. It gives clients an opportunity to connect with reputable therapists in a flexible and accessible scheduling environment, as well as offering up varied options for communication (just to name a few of its benefits).

With its many advantages over traditional, in-office therapy, it is no surprise those who are interested in receiving this form of support have a lot of choices when it comes to their provider and platform — but not every online therapy provider is created equal.

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How to Accelerate Your Progress in Therapy

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Therapy is often considered a mysterious process, leaving many people unsure about what it actually is and how to make significant progress while in treatment.

At its core, therapy is both a relationship and a process. The process itself is dictated by a therapist’s style and a client’s wishes for their journey in therapy. The relationship (the single most important change factor in therapy) is the process of collaboration between client and therapist. This relationship is known as the therapeutic alliance. Continue reading How to Accelerate Your Progress in Therapy

Why You Should Stick with Therapy, Even When It’s Tough

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No matter how eager you are to change your ways, there will come a point in therapy when you think, “This sucks. Dante forgot to include ‘Therapy’ as the tenth layer of hell.”

It’s hard work. Maybe you had a panic attack during a session, or realized some difficult truths about your personality. Sometimes therapy is boring, or you’re convinced your poor therapist is bored. You talk about the same things week after week, over and over again, and nothing in you is changing. Continue reading Why You Should Stick with Therapy, Even When It’s Tough

Everything You Need to Know About Online Counselling

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Online counselling may sound like a relatively new, modern concept, but patients have been communicating with their therapists via phone, electronic messaging, and video for decades. Now that we are all walking around with electronic technology at our fingertips, modalities like online counselling have become even more popular — and with good reason.

In this busy, stressful world, it can be tough to feel like you have the time or ability to address your mental health. Yet it’s so vital to do so. For many of us, online counselling — which offers flexibility, anonymity, and key financial advantages — is the missing piece when it comes to finally getting the help you are seeking. Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Online Counselling

7 Alternative Types of Therapy That May Surprise You

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The word “therapy” often brings to mind a specific scene: the patient on a couch, the therapist on a chair, and a box of tissues on a side table. But a number of unique therapeutic practices replace the traditional counselor’s office with something new — a horse, a chessboard, or even the great outdoors.

These seven novel kinds of therapy may seem strange, but they have proven benefits. Could one of them work for you? Find out below. Continue reading 7 Alternative Types of Therapy That May Surprise You

What to Expect From Your First Online Therapy Experience

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At its core, online therapy’s objective is similar to that of brick-and-mortar therapy: provide tools, solutions, and ways to reframe your current issues, allowing you to overcome challenges in many areas of your life.

Online therapy differs, however, in that it puts therapy in the palm of you hand and enables you to share your thoughts and challenges anytime you wish. This makes therapy more convenient and affordable for those who are new to the experience. Additionally, online or text-based therapy (like Talkspace) is known to be as effective, if not more, than brick-and-mortar therapy.

Here’s what to expect when beginning your online therapy experience, and how to set expectations for positive outcomes along the way.

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How to Receive Effective OCD Treatment

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Although obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a serious mental illness associated with high levels of disability, there are a number of OCD treatments that will significantly reduce OCD symptoms. Luckily, help is available — in a variety of forms.

It’s normal to go back and double-check that the hair straightener is unplugged or your car is locked — on occasion. But if you suffer from OCD, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors become so consuming they interfere with your daily life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake them from your mind. Continue reading How to Receive Effective OCD Treatment

Why Therapy Isn’t Just for “People with Problems”

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I recently had a discussion with a friend considering therapy for the first time. Though she had been ruminating on it for a few months, she remained hesitant.

“I just feel like there’s nothing really that wrong with me, you know? All things considered, I’m doing alright. I should just deal with it,” she told me.

I did know. Just a few years ago, I was in the same boat. Despite lifelong anxiety and years of depressive episodes, I was convinced I didn’t need therapy. The ups and downs were normal, just a part of life. I managed to tell myself that my particularly bad stretches were merely situational: a response to the challenges of graduating college and navigating the real world, of tackling work stressors, and dealing with failed romantic endeavors.

This worked for awhile. Until it didn’t. Continue reading Why Therapy Isn’t Just for “People with Problems”

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Therapy – What it Is, How it Works

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Many who struggle with recurrent, intrusive thoughts and behaviors wonder if obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) therapy can help them. The disorder is one of the most difficult psychiatric illnesses to understand and, only a few decades ago, it was believed to be a rare psychiatric illness that affected only a small fraction of the population. But now, OCD is known to impact millions of Americans at any given time.

It is a complex and difficult-to-treat condition if not managed correctly by a skilled professional. Thankfully, there are therapy practices that can help alleviate some of the anxiety individuals with OCD feel. Continue reading Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Therapy – What it Is, How it Works

What is Group Therapy and How Can It Help You?

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Hollywood loves to depict group therapy a certain way: always held in a large, sunny, open room, like a church or a community center, with a ring of folding chairs. There’s always coffee. Someone will come in late, and be warmly welcomed — and then immediately lay all of their worries bare.

If that’s what you expect going into your first group therapy session, you might be surprised.

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