BetterHelp Helped Me See My Issues From New Perspectives: Peter's Story
According to the American Psychological Association, research shows that therapy can be effective for a variety of mental health challenges, but some people find it challenging to locate a professional they click with. This was the case with Peter, who had mixed experiences with therapy over the years until he found a therapist who helped him see his concerns through a new perspective. Below is a story about Peter’s mental health journey and his experience with BetterHelp.
Peter's experience before finding BetterHelp
"I've been attending therapy off and on for about five or six years – basically from the end of high school and into adulthood," began Peter.
"In the past, I've had very mixed experiences with therapy. I've had great experiences with therapists that I've liked, but I would say that those experiences were few and far between because most of my time in therapy was spent finding someone I worked well with. On top of that, there were some issues that I felt I could never really talk to my past therapists about, largely due to some embarrassment.
“Basically, I've struggled to find a therapist I like for quite a while, but even more so, I've struggled to feel comfortable talking to a therapist about many issues I have. So I thought that perhaps communicating remotely might help alleviate some of the awkwardness."
How Peter found BetterHelp
“Funny enough, I first heard about BetterHelp on Instagram! I had been looking for a new therapist for a while, and I didn't have super high hopes when I saw the ad, but I figured… What is there to lose?
Peter's experiences with BetterHelp
"I feel much more at peace now that I've signed up. Obviously, the entire therapy experience can feel very relieving, but there's something about having more frequent contact with my therapist that I find very cathartic. I feel less anxious, knowing that help is just a message away.
"So far, my counselor has helped in two big ways. The obvious one is that she's given me space to talk, something I've never had before for my issues. But beyond that, she has helped me see my issues from new perspectives. She's helped me to establish boundaries within myself that I've always wanted but never quite knew how to work towards. We're still early in our counseling, but I hope to continue working with her on these things," Peter concluded.
Online therapy may help
If you’re experiencing mental health challenges and are interested in getting a new perspective, you may benefit from speaking to a licensed therapist. If you feel hesitant to sign up for in-office therapy, you might consider trying online therapy, which many peer-reviewed studies have shown to be effective. One study published in the journal Cureus found that online therapy was effective for a variety of mental health conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, phobias, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
With online therapy at BetterHelp, you can choose how you want to communicate with your therapist, whether by phone, live chat, or videoconferencing. Online therapy also tends to be more affordable than in-office therapy without insurance, and BetterHelp offers financial assistance for therapy to those who qualify.
With BetterHelp, you can be matched with a licensed therapist who has experience in your specific areas of concern. BetterHelp has a network of more than 25,000 licensed therapists, so you can always change therapists until you find someone who is a good match for your needs. Take the first step toward getting a new perspective on your concerns and contact BetterHelp today.
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