What Is a Therapist [Psychotherapist]? – The Complete Definition

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A therapist [psychotherapist] is a licensed mental health professional who helps clients improve their lives, develop better cognitive and emotional skills, reduce symptoms of mental illness and cope with various challenges. But that’s only the beginning of what it means to be a psychotherapist. To completely understand the definition of a therapist, you need to learn much more.

This article breaks down every part of what therapists are and what they do. Keep reading if you’re interested in working with a therapist, becoming one or simply learning about an interesting profession. Continue reading What Is a Therapist [Psychotherapist]? – The Complete Definition

25 Signs of a Bad Therapist: You Deserve Better

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This is Fiona Wallice, the main character of "Web Therapy" and one of the worst therapists you could imagine.

Some signs of a bad therapist are easy to spot. If your therapist insults or shames you, it’s time to find someone new.

Others are more difficult. The therapist might encourage you to blame others or become overly defensive about a criticism. These issues may not hurt your feelings, but they hinder progress in therapy.

This guide will help you spot all the signs of a bad therapist. That way you can avoid bad therapists and find the quality therapy you deserve. Continue reading 25 Signs of a Bad Therapist: You Deserve Better

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

Why Do People Become Therapists? Talkspace Answers!

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If you see a therapist, chances are he or she will be interested in helping you live a better life rather than “figuring you out.” We learned this when we asked the hundreds of therapists in our network why they pursued therapy. Some also chose to share why they work for Talkspace specifically.

Keep reading to understand why people become therapists. If you feel one response speaks to you more than any other, that person might be the therapist for you! Continue reading Why Do People Become Therapists? Talkspace Answers!

Is Therapy Working for You? How to Know Your Therapist is Helping

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It takes weeks, sometimes months to see results in therapy, but there are ways to gauge whether you are making progress. The key is looking at both long and short-term goals and improvements. You can vent to a friend and feel better for a day, but only a licensed therapist can help you become happier and healthier for the rest of your life.

Starting with Short-Term Goals

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Sometimes It’s OK to Trust Your Gut

When building any relationship with someone, there is chemistry and intuition, feelings of satisfaction when you are lucky enough to click with this new person. Sometimes clients commit to sessions with a great therapist but realize he or she is not the right fit. It’s no one’s fault. Still, therapy won’t work for you if you’re toughing it out with a therapist who is the wrong fit. Continue reading Is Therapy Working for You? How to Know Your Therapist is Helping

How Much Does Therapy Cost? (And Why Is It So Expensive?)

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Seeing a therapist in an office is not affordable for most Americans. This is unfortunate for people who have looked past the stigma of therapy and committed to living happier lives but can’t afford the therapist’s rates. The average therapy session costs $75-150 an hour, and good luck if you live in a place like New York where the range jumps to $200-300.

People who rail against therapy accuse therapists of being greedy, but therapists actually have valid reasons for their high prices. Nonetheless, don’t believe you are stuck paying for therapy you can’t afford. Learning why it is so expensive is the first step toward searching for alternatives and paths to affordable therapy. Continue reading How Much Does Therapy Cost? (And Why Is It So Expensive?)

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & How Is It Conducted Online?

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & How Is It Delivered Online?

We decided to give you a more in-depth look at how some of our therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy online. We think it may be of interest to you.

First Things First, What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

As you may or may not know, cognitive behavioral therapy, otherwise known as CBT, is one of the more popular approaches to treating stress, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, substance abuse, relationship problems, and many other issues. Compared to traditional therapy, it focuses on what is happening in your present life, rather than delving deep into your past. So, chances are a few of you sighed with relief reading this just now.

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How to Say Goodbye: 5 Tips for Ending Therapy

How to Say Goodbye: 5 Tips for Ending Therapy

When someone enters therapy and begins a relationship with their therapist, whether it’s online or offline, the last thing on that person’s mind is leaving.

– by Nicole Amesbury, MS, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist & Head of Clinical Development 

But, just like with all relationships, there will come a time to say goodbye and it’s how they choose to go about it that really matters. Lets face it, many endings to relationships tend to be negative; think break-ups, death, and divorce. They may even be the reasons someone comes to therapy in the first place. But the good news is, ending therapy on a positive note is absolutely possible and it will enrich the time you spent receiving it! Continue reading How to Say Goodbye: 5 Tips for Ending Therapy

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

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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