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?

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

Anxiety Reading: How About a Little Neurotica?

Neurotica

I don’t know about you, but I occasionally experience a pang of anxiety when it comes to sexual intimacy.

Silly thoughts invade my mind, and I stay up late entertaining all of the comical and terribly embarrassing scenarios of what could possibly go wrong. There are lots. Even now, after 13 incredible years with my partner I can still get a little self-conscious, though I do find my inability to relax during those moments fairly amusing. Yes, I can get a little neurotic. Continue reading Anxiety Reading: How About a Little Neurotica?

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness Everyday

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness Everyday

After Time magazine declared the “Mindful Revolution” in 2014, the momentum and allure of mindfulness practice has only grown.

– by Ben Epstein, Ph.D / Talkspace Therapist

No longer confined to yoga classrooms and meditation retreats, mindfulness has entered the “mainstream” – from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to the chambers of the United States Congress. Recent developments in mindfulness research, published in The Lancet journal, indicate that Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) offers a similar level of protection against depressive relapses as antidepressants.

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8 Tips For Dating in Your 30s

9 Tips For Surviving Dating in Your 30s

I know what you’re thinking, “ANOTHER blog post about dating? There’s so much advice already out there!” Stay with me though.

– by Angie Dion, LMFT / Talkspace Therapist

As a 30-something relational therapist who is currently single and dating, I regularly read about relationships in books, research articles and blog posts. After selectively taking the advice I’ve come across, I came up with the following nine tips for surviving dating in your 30s. Think of it as a gift from one singleton to another.

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Coping With Sexual Assault or Picking Up the Pieces

Coping With Sexual Assault or Picking Up the Pieces

The following is intended for readers 18+

Sexual assault can shatter a person’s world into a million pieces – therapy can help put them back together.

There are many different types of sexual assault, which may or may not include physical contact. One of the most important but difficult things victims have to comprehend is that they cannot hold themselves accountable for the vile actions of other people. Just ask any therapist. Continue reading Coping With Sexual Assault or Picking Up the Pieces