How many times have you found yourself wanting to talk to someone, but the counseling center is only open during the day and you’re working? Or you’d like to tell your therapist about how someone at work really bugs you, but you can’t do it face-to-face because they’re there every day? Online therapy can be perfect if you want therapy without any of the hang-ups that come with seeing someone in person, or if your schedule makes an in-person appointment difficult. Read on for ways to get online therapy.
1) Talk to a friend or family member
I don’t know how people do it, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing by getting online therapy. It’s been really helpful for me because it lets me talk to someone in a setting that’s more comfortable for me. Plus, when I’m talking on Skype or Google Hangouts, it feels more personal and easier than over the phone.
2) Use an online forum
An online forum is a great place for people who need help but don’t want to talk about it with someone in person. The anonymity of the internet can be comforting and allow people who are struggling with mental health issues and other challenges feel more confident that what they say won’t be taken out of context. There are many different types of forums, so finding one that fits your needs is easy.
3) Find a therapist online
One of the best ways to find a therapist online is through therapy directories such as Psychology Today. You can search for a therapist in your area and see their qualifications, reviews, and fees. If you’re looking for someone with specific credentials (e.g., certified marriage counselor) then you can narrow your search accordingly. If you know what kind of treatment approach you want (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy), then you can also filter therapists by this criterion.
4) Use a mental health app
Do you find it hard to make time for therapy? Do you want a therapist but don’t have the time or money? Well, there’s an app for that.
There are tons of mental health apps out there that allow you to chat with a therapist from the comfort of your own home.
5) Use online resources
There are some great resources for finding online therapy.
-Therapy Match: This site is a good place to start your search. You can filter by zip code, age, gender and the type of therapy you’re looking for. There’s also a phone number where you can talk to someone who will be able to make a referral.
-Psych Central: This resource has tons of information on different mental health topics and is an excellent place to find free resources in your area.