The Basics of SAD and How You Can Treat It: A Therapist’s Perspective

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Many people with mood disorders, and those without, struggle in the cooler months with shorter days and much less sunlight. When the sun goes down, so does our energy and mood.

For those with Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD], this change can be debilitating. The change in seasons and less daylight hours can lead to missed days from school or work, relationship problems and drastic changes in mood and weight. The effects of SAD can be devastating.

As a therapist, I come across many clients who experience symptoms such as these and come to understand these cluster of behaviors and experiences as SAD. As the summer months wind down, I can hear the worry and concern in their voices: “But what is winter going to be like for me?” Continue reading The Basics of SAD and How You Can Treat It: A Therapist’s Perspective

Why You Might Feel Bad (Or Worse) After Therapy

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You finished chatting with your therapist and you feel bad, horrible even. It’s frustrating because therapy was supposed to make you feel better. Now you’re feeling awful, maybe worse than before you started therapy.

It is actually normal to occasionally feel bad or worse after therapy, especially during the beginning of your work with a therapist. It can be a sign of progress. As counterintuitive as it may sound, feeling bad during therapy can be good. Continue reading Why You Might Feel Bad (Or Worse) After Therapy

Different Types of Therapy [Psychotherapy]: Which is Best For You?

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There are dozens of different types of therapy that might be right for you. To make the choice manageable, we broke them down into the factors that make a “type” of psychotherapy (you can use the handy links below to jump around the guide):

Whether you are an aspiring therapist planning your career path or a potential client looking for the type of therapy that best fits your preferences, considering all of these factors is crucial. “Type of therapy” typically refers to therapeutic approach, but this factor is not more important than others. Many clients and therapists value the other factors far more than therapeutic approach. Continue reading Different Types of Therapy [Psychotherapy]: Which is Best For You?

How Ricardo Used Talkspace to Overcome Depression, Anxiety, and Abuse

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Talkspace can change your life for the better. But how can you believe us until we show you?

Ricardo is one of thousands of people who use Talkspace to live a happier life and cope with mental health issues. Maybe his story will offer insights into how Talkspace could help you.

Ricardo’s Testimony

I came across Talkspace by accident as I was desperately searching for answers. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for many years and was in the middle of a serious bout with both. Continue reading How Ricardo Used Talkspace to Overcome Depression, Anxiety, and Abuse

Why Is Suicide Increasing in Black Children?

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In July 2015, published research by JAMA Pediatrics indicated the suicide rate among elementary school children (under 12 years of age) had stabilized over two decades. What they were surprised to find was that Black children were at an increased incidence of suicide whereas their White counterparts demonstrated a significant decrease in suicide incidence. While White children’s rates of suicide has stabilized, those of Black children had increased.

What’s happening to our young Black children? Continue reading Why Is Suicide Increasing in Black Children?

Online vs. Traditional Therapy: The Pros and Cons

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The online vs. traditional therapy debate is on! As more people try the computer and smartphone over the couch, both mental health professionals and therapy-goers are discussing the pros and cons.

Online therapy is not trying to replace traditional therapy, but it is a better fit for millions of people. To decide which is best for you — whether you are a potential client or therapist — try weighing the pros and cons in the context of your life.

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My Journey, as a Therapist, from In-Person to Online Therapy at Talkspace

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Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC and Talkspace Therapist

When I first heard about the idea of online counseling, I was skeptical. Talk therapy has a well-known reputation for being an in-person experience. You call and search for a therapist, and anxiously wait to meet with them in their office waiting room for the first session.

Their voice sounded nice on the phone, but you still aren’t sure what to make of them. Are they genuine? Are they the right match for you?

With online counseling you might also wonder: Could this be as effective as in-person therapy?

I’ve been a provider on the Talkspace platform for almost two years now and I admit I came in with a lot of trepidation about meeting clients on the platform. Could I be effective in this medium? Continue reading My Journey, as a Therapist, from In-Person to Online Therapy at Talkspace

How Online Therapy Helps Mental Health Professionals Prevent Suicide

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Trigger Warning/Note: Suicide is an uncomfortable topic, but we have a responsibility to discuss it. By informing people of any and all methods of preventing suicide, we can spread awareness and help mental health professionals save lives.

People who are having suicidal thoughts need frequent care to ensure they don’t reach the point of attempting suicide. Online therapy can help prevent suicide by providing this kind of care, according to therapist testimonies and clinical studies, including this one published in JAMA Psychiatry.

When Talkspace therapist Katherine Glick worked with a client who was having suicidal thoughts, the daily contact online therapy offered was crucial. Continue reading How Online Therapy Helps Mental Health Professionals Prevent Suicide

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