How I’ve Learned to Live And Be Happy Again Despite Traumatic Experiences – Laura

Updated February 5, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team

After having not only one, but two poor experiences with in-person counseling, I completely lost faith that I could ever get the help I needed. I was apprehensive to give counseling yet another try, but came across BetterHelp and decided to give this new form of counseling a go. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made because had I not tried it, I would not have met my BetterHelp counselor, Andy Wurth, and would not be where I am today.

When I first signed up for BetterHelp seven months ago, I was seeking help with a tirade of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and bipolar disorder. I was in a bad relationship at the time, and was feeling overwhelmed by stress, my children, and previous traumas. Andy helped me realize that I was in an unhealthy and abusive relationship, and played a key role in helping me get out of it. I knew that leaving the relationship wouldn't be an immediate fix to my issues, but Andy was there through the repercussions of the breakup as well as other life challenges that have happened since. Andy helped me through a violent attack by my ex, the recovery from a heart attack, and a traumatic incident involving one of my grandsons.

With everything I have been through, I didn't think I could be where I am at today. I am so grateful that BetterHelp matched me with the best counselor for my specific needs. Andy has taught me breathing techniques and tools to manage stress, ways to better communicate with my children, how to say "no" nicely, and how to deal with trauma and PTSD. With these skills combined, I have learned to stand on my own two feet and fight for myself.

Learn How Online Therapy Helped Laura Overcome Past Trauma.

I am most proud to say that because of BetterHelp and Andy's support, I could successfully leave the abusive relationship of 11 years. Andy helped me overcome my fears, and helped me find the strength to go back to work only one month after the brutal attack on me. I am able to call myself a survivor rather than a victim of the attack. Words cannot express how thankful I am to Andy for this.

My experience with BetterHelp has been nothing short of amazing. Andy had faith in me when I didn't, and helped me find the courage, strength, and faith that is inside of me. I look forward to continuing my counseling through BetterHelp as Andy is continuing to help me deal with and overcome these traumatic events. I encourage anyone who has lost faith in themselves or lost faith in counseling to give BetterHelp a try, because it helped me turn my life around.

Try Online Counseling With BetterHelp

If you’re concerned about going to a therapist’s office to discuss traumatic experiences, you might consider trying online counseling. Research has shown online counseling to be just as effective as in-person counseling, and you can talk to a counselor from home or anywhere you feel safe that has an internet connection. 

With BetterHelp, you can be matched with a counselor with specific experience helping people recover from traumatic experiences. You can talk to them via phone or videoconference on a schedule that suits you. Also, BetterHelp allows you to contact your counselor in-between sessions via in-app messaging if you have questions or concerns, and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.


If you are experiencing anxiety or concerns related to traumatic experiences or any other mental health challenges, you don’t have to navigate them alone. BetterHelp has a team of thousands of therapists with experience helping people overcome trauma and other mental health concerns. You can choose a therapist with training in whatever challenges you’re experiencing.  Take the first step and reach out to BetterHelp today.

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