Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Someone recently asked me about why I chose to start therapy when I have a ton of friends willing to listen to my every complaint, and tell me exactly what I want to hear.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

When I explained that therapy is not so much about what I want to hear, but about what I need to hear to resolve my problems and move forward, the person blankly stared back  – the conversation had abruptly ended. I think people have a very hard time understanding what therapy is, and why anyone would bother going through with it. Continue reading Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

How Much Do You Really Know About Loneliness?

So, Loneliness is Really Bad But is it Lethal

Yes, loneliness can impact your lifespan.

The truth is, if you haven’t experienced loneliness for yourself, no matter how much you read, talk, or hear about it, you may never fully understand what it’s like. It’s more than just a longing for authentic and meaningful connections with others, loneliness is a state that impacts the overall emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of a person. Continue reading How Much Do You Really Know About Loneliness?

From the Experts: How to Maintain Health and Wellness

From the Experts How to Maintain Health and Wellness

What do health and wellness mean to you?

– by Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, BCHHP / Talkspace Therapist

Do you define health as the absence of problematic symptoms or specific conditions? Is wellness about having goals and actively working towards them? Or are both terms synonymous with feeling energetic and full of life? It’s good to think about these things from time to time. Continue reading From the Experts: How to Maintain Health and Wellness

You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD

How to Help Veterans Deal with PTSD Live Better

“When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.” – Karl Marlantes

Our sense of security stems from knowing many of our bravest men and women are prepared to put down their lives to protect us. On the other hand, those who have witnessed the horrors of war inevitably have to cope with the impacts of those experiences such as post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. The first step towards taking care of these veterans is understanding how PTSD affects their community.  Continue reading You Need to Know These Facts About Veterans and PTSD

Project UROK Aims to Prevent Teenage Suicide

Project UROK Aims to Prevent Teenage Suicide

Project UROK stands for two things: You’re OK and You Rock.

Although Jenny Jaffe founded the nonprofit organization in 2014, it has already attracted a lot of public and media attention thanks to its incredibly empowering videos aimed at helping teenagers cope with mental illness. Using humor, personal stories, and different sketches to illustrate the struggles adolescents or anyone dealing with mental illness go through, the videos serve as reminders and encouragement to get help and keep going. Continue reading Project UROK Aims to Prevent Teenage Suicide

Dear Therapist: I Admit I Have a Problem. What Happens Now?

Dear Therapist I Admit I Have a Problem What Happens Now

Admitting that you have a problem to your therapist is easy – realizing that it’s not going away without hard work is less so. At least that’s how I feel about.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

When I first started therapy via Talkspace, I was in a very bad place. I lost someone I deeply cared about only a year prior, and dealing with the event proved to be extremely difficult. Never mind the monumental list of other unresolved issues from my youth that I had to address, yet haven’t until my therapist made me. I knew I was a mess, but to what extent was a mystery even to me.

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Why I Practice Online Counseling at Talkspace

Why I Practice Online Counseling at Talkspace

It’s the spring of 2015, and I am providing online counseling at Talkspace, an internet-based mental health clinic with easy access to counselors and therapists. How did I get here!?

– by Ken Fields, MA, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist. 

I received my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology in the early 1980s. You can bet that at the time, desktop computers – not to mention laptops – weren’t so much as dreamt about by the average person. And, the idea of online counseling seemed even more far out than cell phones. (Oh my, now I am certainly dating myself!)  Continue reading Why I Practice Online Counseling at Talkspace

7 Interesting Things You Should Know About Talkspace Online Therapy

7 Interesting Things You Should Know About Talkspace Online Therapy

“As Talkspace therapists, we get a lot of questions about the efficacy of online therapy, as well as a bunch of other stuff.”

We use the Talkspace online platform to work with individuals from all walks of life dealing with all kinds of problems. Naturally, some of the most rewarding and honorable moments we experience are when we see our clients at their best. It’s our job to track their progress, but it is our privilege to see them succeed.

But before our clients sign up for therapy, they usually have a few general questions. We thought we’d answer some of them right here.

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The Sad Truth About Loneliness in a Connected World

The Sad Truth About Loneliness in a Connected World

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Imagine the following scenario: You are sitting in a restaurant with your best friend. It’s been a long time since you’ve seen each other and you have been looking forward to reconnecting. Instead of doing exactly that, you are both on Facebook, liking and sharing posts that have nothing to do with what’s happening between you right then and there. When you leave dinner, you realize that you still miss your friend, but you’re not sure why. Furthermore, it dawns on you that recently, you’ve been feeling a bit disconnected from all of your friends, and it makes you terribly sad. Continue reading The Sad Truth About Loneliness in a Connected World

Journey of A Young Therapist: Finding the Path Through the Rubble

Finding the Path Through the Rubble_ Journey of A Young Therapist

“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.” – Gail Sheehy

– by Angela Gunn, LCSW / Talkspace Therapist 

The devastation from Nepal’s recent earthquake naturally stirred compassion within me, but also a strong emotional reaction of a different kind. It compelled me to share my own story of self-destruction and healing with you – a chronicling of events that ultimately led me to become a therapist. While I can’t imagine what the Nepalese people are going through right now, I would like to remind the rest of us that our personal turmoil and painful experiences are still valid and worthy of being heard. And so, I am going to share mine with you now. Continue reading Journey of A Young Therapist: Finding the Path Through the Rubble