How I’ve Learned To Be Happy Again Despite Traumatic Experiences: Laura's Story

Medically reviewed by Karen Foster, LPC
Updated March 26, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team
Content warning: Please be advised, the below article might mention trauma-related topics that include abuse which could be triggering to the reader. If you or someone you love is experiencing abuse, contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Support is available 24/7. Please also see our Get Help Now page for more immediate resources.
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Laura's experience with BetterHelp

After having two poor experiences with in-person counseling, I completely lost faith that I could get the help I needed. I was apprehensive about giving counseling yet another try, but I came across BetterHelp and decided to give this new form of counseling a go. It 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 signed up for BetterHelp seven months ago, I sought help with various issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and bipolar disorder. I was in a bad relationship then and felt 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 and 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 today. I am so grateful that BetterHelp matched me with the best counselor for my 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.

I am 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 return to work only one month after the brutal attack on me. I can 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 inside me. I look forward to continuing my counseling through BetterHelp as Andy continues 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 try BetterHelp because it helped me turn my life around.

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Learn how online therapy helped Laura overcome past trauma

Consider online counseling if you're concerned about visiting a therapist's office to discuss trauma. Online therapy provides a safe, comfortable environment for discussing traumatic events and the resulting emotions. Research shows online counseling is as effective as in-person counseling for improving symptoms of PTSD. BetterHelp can match you with a licensed counselor to help you explore your feelings and develop coping skills to manage your symptoms.

With BetterHelp, you can communicate with your counselor through text or video chat anywhere you feel safe with an internet connection. You can talk to them 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 other mental health challenges, you don’t have to navigate them alone. BetterHelp has licensed 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.
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