Prior to BetterHelp, I had tried in person counseling provided by the Health & Social Services Authority. The experience was supportive, uplifting and relieving; however, beside the rushed time management factor (as it was a fly in service and clients had a limited time in session), the service became unavailable. I was in a toxic, narcissistic marriage at the time and needed to continue the help not to fall back into my "dark place" as I would describe it, and when the worse came in separation, I was distraught, torn, broken and panicking. Knowing the in-person counseling was unavailable, I would use the 1-800 Help Line in our territory which helped me, but I needed more. I was on Facebook scrolling when I came across the BetterHelp ad offering online counseling services. At first glance I was skeptical, but I was desperate and willing to try anything.
After reading a few reviews I decided to give it a shot to help with anxiety, depression, addictions, childhood trauma, and relationships issues. I have been working with my counselor Brad Burklow since November 2015, and I have improved so much since first signing up. I'm learning to become more independent, confident, secure in my emotions and feelings, letting go of my past, not dwelling in the past and the hurt, to live in the present more, appreciate what I have and have to learn.
I am now at a place in life where I can comfortably say that if anything negative were to come my way, I would be stronger, more confident and stand my ground, whereas before I would be passive and avoid confrontation by agreeing. My counselor helped me improve my specific situation by addressing each emotion or issue/problem and continue to address it until I came to an understanding. I've learned breathing & grounding techniques, communication in confrontation, understanding attachment styles, and clarification in values.
The biggest achievement I've made as a result from counseling with BetterHelp is how much strength I have as a single mother of 2, confident in love again as I am now in a healthy & loving relationship, and to live in the moment not dwelling on the past.