How I Was Able To Feel Back To My Old Self Again - Andrea
Updated December 19, 2018
Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC
Recently, I was having a lot of anxiety and depression that was pretty much consuming my entire life. I felt drab and very sad and it was really hard to smile and have fun. I felt like I was under a dark cloud constantly. I had a lot of regret and feelings of sadness.
I decided to seek out support and Googled "help with anxiety", and BetterHelp popped up. I poked around the website a bit and figured it was certainly worth a try.
BetterHelp was the first online counseling service I have ever used. I enjoyed face-to-face counseling in college, but I did not feel as though it was super effective. It was hard to find time to get in for appointments, and sometimes I felt self-conscious about talking about things face to face. I wouldn't say I wasn't dissatisfied, but I had heard about online and wanted to try it.
Once I realized that I could message my counselor in addition to having regular phone sessions, I felt it was a much better value than paying for face-to-face counseling. Plus, I felt like it was there when I needed it. A lot of times an anxiety attack can happen at 2AM and I wanted to write down what I was feeling. Also, I could use the app on my phone anywhere/anytime to write down my feelings.
I started working with my counselor, Kristin, on BetterHelp in winter of 2017 and she helped me through some difficult times. I paused counseling in June of 2017 and I recently reached back out to deal with a few small things that had popped up.
BetterHelp has made a huge difference in my life. After I was done working with Kristin in June of 2017, I felt back like my old self again. She taught me things to keep in my mind when the obsessive/bad thoughts come in. She taught me to put myself first in my thoughts and not to dwell on the past. She gave me a lot of tips and tricks that greatly improved my thinking and coping with anxious thoughts.
I also loved being able to speak with an objective 3rd party person that is really on my side and wanted to help me work through things. She really taught me that at the end of the day, I need to be happy and she gave me tips on how to accomplish that in my own mind. To let things go. To not dwell.
After working with Kristin, I feel like my old self again. I am happy, have dreams and I smile. My mind is at peace. I do yoga now and love to be mindful and fill my mind with peace and love. I really credit BetterHelp to helping me through my troubles. Kristin was a great counselor. I would highly recommend to anyone who is feeling down in the dumps and needs someone to discuss with that is going to be non-judgmental and work for your peace of mind.