I Need Someone To Talk To About My Problems – But Where Do I Turn?

By: Sarah Fader

Updated July 14, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Wendy Galyen, LCSW, BC-TMH

Where To Go When You Need Help

When you're suffering and thinking "I need help," it's natural to want and need to talk to someone about your problems. Everyone needs a listening ear sometimes. When you can't find someone to talk to, it can be painful. Understandably, you would want to vent to a friend or loved one about what you're experiencing. As much as others care, you are the one who ultimately has to handle your challenges. That might sound scary but think of it as an empowering statement. You have the tools to change your life for the better. That doesn't mean you can't ask for help and you can. The dialogue about mental health is changing rapidly, and people are more apt to speak about their problems and needs.

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Getting Help For Life's Challenges

How do you cope when you have problems? The instinct is to find someone to talk about your problems with, but that's not always possible. If you could let loose about your issues, who would tell? Naturally, you talk to friends and family. In addition to confiding in the people close to you, there are other ways to find support. Going to counseling or seeing an online therapist can help you when you're suffering. Your friend isn't your therapist. It's essential to be careful when you're asking for support from those close to you. There's a balance between being a supportive friend and acting like someone's counselor. You want and need a friend to be just that, a friend.

A therapist, on the other hand, is a dedicated mental health professional whose job is to help you. They want to help you navigate your problems when you need help. Many people in your position turn to mental health professionals to talk about their issues. Therapy helps people figure out how to get through tough times. According to the American Psychological Association, half of the American households have a family member in therapy or counseling. Seeking mental health treatment is an excellent way to manage your problems.

Know When To Get Help

There's only so much that friends and family can do to help. Getting emotional support and help matters, and you're entitled to have your feelings heard and validated. There are times when a therapist can step in and help you develop coping skills to manage your life challenges. Let's say that you're suffering from constant panic attacks. You've talked to your loved ones about your anxiety, and though they empathize, they don't know how to help you with the condition. A trained therapist can help you learn grounding techniques to use when you're experiencing a panic attack. If you're interested in online therapy, there are many counselors at BetterHelp who understand how to help people manage anxiety. If you have a life challenge and you can't seem to solve it on your own, counseling can help. Your therapist wants to support you and help improve your mental health. That's where BetterHelp comes in.

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BetterHelp Wants To Help

If after reading this article you're considering meeting with a therapist to help you, we're glad. You can get the emotional support and help that you need. Finding a therapist is a great first step to helping yourself! If you're struggling with mental health issues, anxiety, depression, or dealing with a bad breakup, these are all problems that the counselors at BetterHelp understand and can help you with. They want to help support you through these problems. You can talk to them about whatever challenges you're experiencing and get the guidance and empathy that you deserve. The counselors here at BetterHelp are waiting to support and help you in the way that you deserve.

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"Rebecca has helped me sort out things and reflect on things in a way I have never experienced with a face-to-face counselor. I can be way more open through messaging than in face to face, so this works perfectly for me. She addresses and helps with many different aspects at once. She sees the overall picture and helps me to do the same. The way I look at things has changed, and my quality of life and the quality of my children's lives have improved very quickly in a short time."

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"My counseling experience with Jessica has been wonderful. Not only has she been kind and attentive, but she has also been encouraging and supportive. Even though we are in different time zones, it has never been a barrier for us to communicate. She would still respond to my text whenever she can. I'm grateful to have found her as my counselor as I no longer feel that I'm fighting alone."

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It's Always A Good Time To Get Help

The therapists at BetterHelp are trained to help you improve your mental health. These are not life coaches, simply suggesting you do what your heart tells you. These are licensed therapists who can help you better cope with life and stress with specific solutions for your problems. There are many health resources online, and despite the prevalence of these sites, it's still hard to find quality providers. Think about how relieved you feel when you find a competent medical provider. Locating a great doctor is gratifying. Many health professionals aren't experienced with mental health. That's why it's important to find a doctor who cares about your whole well-being. When you find a great therapist, it's the same feeling. You will experience relief when you click with an online therapist. There are so many ways to find a therapist, and seeking one online is easy. Why not give it a shot? Get quality mental health services.

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Can Online Therapy Help?

What makes online therapy a great option over in-person therapy is that over 70% of those who need mental health treatment do not get it. Why? Many times, it is because of fear or embarrassment. Most patients with clinical depression or anxiety disorder have a hard time getting motivated in the first place. They might need to find someone to talk to about their problems with, but they don't know where to look. It's hard to locate a therapist, and once you find that person, it can be difficult to keep motivated. Let alone trying to talk yourself into finding a therapist you like, making an appointment (which is often months away), and then actually getting up the courage to go.

Talking to a therapist or counselor online from the comfort of your own home makes it so much easier to get the help you need. It is also much easier for those who do not have access to transportation, people who live in rural areas, individuals who have physical limitations or disabilities, and those who are extremely busy. You can "talk" out your feelings with your smartphone or tablet while your kids are playing at the playground or while you are in the car between appointments. 

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What To Expect From Online Therapy

It's Easy To Start Online Therapy

With traditional therapy, it can be a hassle. You drive to the clinic, fill out a form, and then wait. Beforehand, you may call or visit, then wait for a few days, even though you may need to talk to someone as soon as you can because you're dealing with anxiety, stress, or other mental health problems. When you finally realize, "I need help," waiting can feel like forever.

With online services like BetterHelp, it's easy. Just download the app, read the terms of service, enter some information, including your payment method or health insurance, and get started.

Live Chat

What makes online therapy so nice is that you can easily have a live chat with someone who is a qualified professional. An online chat may seem like an odd way to communicate, especially if you're older. However, young people realize their potential. Chat therapy allows you to talk to someone and get the emotional support you need right at the moment. When you are having a crisis, chat therapy can act as your crisis line, in a sense.

You can talk to someone in the United States or around the world. When you're dealing with a bout of stress, depression, or another problem, a licensed therapist can provide support.

Just like a real therapist, everything is confidential, and therapists don't judge you, but instead offer advice from a neutral perspective.

Email

Alternatively, you can chat with an online therapist through their email address. Emails take longer to respond, so if you need to talk to someone right then and there, it may not be good. However, if you have mild anxiety, stress, or a problem with a friend or loved one, email chat is a good move.

Like a regular chat, email allows you to type anywhere, but you can create a longer message, and you feel like you have more time to write out your message. The same applies to the therapist. They can take more time to respond and give you a fuller message to help you live a good life.

Video Chat

Video chatting used to be difficult. Delayed messages, bad signals, and other problems polluted it. Now, you can talk to someone through video chat, and it's usually easy to do so. Being able to video chat can give you an experience as close to the real one as possible, plus it's just fun to do. Chatting with someone about your stress, depression, or another problem, and then hearing them give you advice feels so nice.

How To Get Started

Betterhelp.com has more than 2,000 licensed professionals available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week and they have a free trial, so it will not cost you anything to check them out. To get started, all you have to do is answer a few simple questions. You do not even have to give your name if you want or need to remain anonymous. After that, create a free private account. Still, there is no need to use your real name if you do not want to. The therapists at BetterHelp provide excellent support and help for their clients. They understand you're dealing with a variety of life issues and want to help you with your emotional needs. When you search the network of online counselors here, you can choose a provider who has experience in your particular mental health issue. Remember, help is out there! Don't be afraid to take that first step.

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