What I Wish I Knew About College as a Freshman

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Eerie, foggy, dark walks home from the library, the thought of them still gives me chills. Not only because it’s insanely cold in Michigan, but because I remember how anxious, sad, and lonely those walks could be back to my (even spookier) freshman year dorm room.

The Sunday Scaries haunted me many nights of college, not just on Sundays. Most of the time these “scaries” weren’t about anything in particular, but a side effect of how drastically different my life was, and how uncertain everything seemed.

Although college can be an incredible experience, the massive transitions, personal growth, and lifestyle changes can be impactful to your mental health. By my senior year, there were a few things I wish I had realized sooner in my college experience. Here is what I wish I knew, including stress, anxiety, coursework, my social life, and friendships. Continue reading What I Wish I Knew About College as a Freshman

What if Texting Isn’t How I Want to Talk to My Therapist?

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Online therapy is a relatively new development in the healthcare industry. The ability to access therapy without the need to physically travel is a tremendous innovation — making mental health services available to thousands of people who might not have been able to access nor afford treatment in the past. Online therapy — also known as teletherapy, e-therapy, or cyber-therapy — has experienced a growth in popularity due to its accessibility. Online therapy has already helped millions of people experience a better life.

However, with any innovation, there is bound to be some level of skepticism. Critics may ask: “Does online therapy work and are there any risks?” Furthermore, what if texting just isn’t how one wants to speak to their therapist? Continue reading What if Texting Isn’t How I Want to Talk to My Therapist?

How to Find a Therapist with a Similar Cultural Background

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These days, there are more ways to find a therapist than ever before. But, some might feel it’s important and more helpful to work with a therapist of a particular background, which can make the search more difficult. It can even be tough to make this request. If you’re in this situation, what should you do? Continue reading How to Find a Therapist with a Similar Cultural Background

Mental Health Safety Tips for Your College Teen

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Transitioning to college can be one of the most emotionally jarring, vulnerable moments in a young person’s life.

They are suddenly away from all they have ever known or are familiar with, and must navigate this new landscape virtually on their own. Seemingly overnight, college students become responsible for everything from waking themselves up for class, to managing their money, to dealing with sometimes dicey social situations. Continue reading Mental Health Safety Tips for Your College Teen

How Often Should You Talk to Your Therapist to Feel the Benefits?

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Therapy can be a mysterious process. There’s still a lot of stigma attached to the idea of seeking out a licensed therapist to help improve your mental health. This leaves many people confused about its benefits and what the process of therapy entails. One of the questions that often comes up, is how frequently you should see your therapist to reap the benefits. Continue reading How Often Should You Talk to Your Therapist to Feel the Benefits?

What Happened When I Stopped Going to Therapy?

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My first therapist was like a parent to me. I started seeing her when I was 23 years old, and didn’t stop seeing her until almost a decade later. Over those 10 years, I grew up in more ways than one. I finally confronted the traumas of my childhood, I began to get a grip on my panic and anxiety disorder, and I explored what it meant to come full circle and start a family of my own.

I’d had a few therapists before her, but none had lasted more than a few months. She was the first therapist I trusted, which was why I ended up seeing her for so long. She made me feel seen. She called me on my B.S. in ways that felt comfortable and constructive. She helped illuminate the ways I’d been mistreated as a child. I was finally able to own some of the pain I’d experienced — pain I’d never had an outlet to safely process. Continue reading What Happened When I Stopped Going to Therapy?

College Mental Health Resources You Need to Know

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Whether you’re going to college for the first time or going back to school after a long summer break, the transition can be extremely stress inducing. This shake up can cause symptoms of anxiety or depression, whether or not you have a preexisting mental health condition.

It’s totally normal to experience mixed emotions and stress when the start of a new semester rolls around.You don’t have to let these emotions take control and get in the way of you having a great time at school. The good news is, there are plenty of resources if you’re struggling, or if you need to help a friend who’s in a rough place. All you have to do is know where to go or who to call when you need help. Continue reading College Mental Health Resources You Need to Know

Therapy Thursday: Your Top 10 Questions

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If you follow us on Instagram, you might have noticed a recurring series of stories called Therapy Thursday. Q & A style, we give our followers a chance to ask anything they have been curious about and get answers from Talkspace therapists. Although we receive a wide variety of questions, there are a few common questions that tend to pop-up each week, which we’ll dive into with advice from Talkspace therapists Cynthia Catchings, LCSW-S, CFTP; Rachel O’Neill, Ph.D., LPCC-S; and Jill E. Daino, LCSW. Continue reading Therapy Thursday: Your Top 10 Questions

Having Access to a Therapist is More Important Than Your Gym Membership

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Exercise is a valuable part of your mental health toolkit, but it can’t be the only tool. Would you try to build a house using only a hammer? No! You’ll need a miter saw, a level, and a drill — and that’s just to start.

Think of mental health workers as general brain contractors. Yes, a hammer comes in handy, but it’s a small part of a big job. We’ll never suggest you to ignore your physical health, but a gym membership should never require pushing aside your emotional needs.

If you’re on a tight budget, you might even consider choosing therapy over an expensive gym membership. Here’s why having access to a therapist is more important. Continue reading Having Access to a Therapist is More Important Than Your Gym Membership