How I’ve Learned To Use Mindfulness To Be A Better Person: Ghita's Story

Medically reviewed by Nikki Ciletti, M.Ed, LPC
Updated April 19, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Starting online therapy can feel like a big step for some individuals, but research shows that it can be just as effective as traditional in-office therapy. In Ghita's story below, you'll read how switching from in-person sessions to online treatment allowed for more regular communication and comfort, leading to personal growth and change. 

Ghita's story

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Like many people who try BetterHelp, Ghita worked with an in-person therapist before making the switch to online therapy. After losing insurance coverage, in-office sessions were no longer an option. This is a common situation, but online therapy tends to be an affordable, convenient alternative without sacrificing the quality of treatment.

Keep reading to see Ghita's firsthand account of how she found growth, change, and mindfulness with a supportive online therapist.

Ghita's experience before BetterHelp

"I recently found myself in the middle of an especially difficult time in my life when I was dealing with a breakup and having to move out of the country due to some visa issues. I knew I needed to talk to someone, but I couldn't afford to go to in-person counseling as I stopped working and therefore lost my insurance coverage," Ghita began.

"I had done a few years of in-person counseling during college in the past, and while I had an awesome therapist, sometimes I had to wait a week, sometimes two, to be able to talk to my therapist. So, I was excited to find BetterHelp because they offer unlimited messages back and forth with a licensed therapist and offered a free week trial, where I got to see just how awesome it really is!"

Ghita's experiences with BetterHelp


"I've now been working with my BetterHelp counselor, Aiko, for about two months and have found her to be an extreme source of comfort and support. Whenever I need to talk about anything, I log on and pour my heart out. Aiko always responds with insightful and helpful advice," continued Ghita.

"One thing Aiko and I have been working on is mindfulness. I've struggled with controlling my emotions, but Aiko has explained how to be mindful of my emotions and how to choose which ones to delve into and which ones to shut off. I'm now more mindful, more open-minded, and less judgmental.

"When I have issues with people, I am sometimes quick to see it from my perspective alone. I have tended to make it about me. I'm now more and more aware of this and am working to remedy it on a case-by-case basis with Aiko's help.

"Aiko has also helped talk me through my breakup and the emotions I was feeling during it. She helped me communicate better with my ex, which was especially important in developing closure. Though I'm not over the breakup yet, I'm way more accepting of the loss of the relationship than I was when Aiko and I started working together. I am a lot more in tune with myself and concerned with my well-being."

Ghita's biggest achievement

"The biggest achievement I've made is, truly, fighting for myself," Ghita explained. "Through working with Aiko and taking the time to discuss various issues with her, I've become a bigger advocate for myself, and I'm so proud of that. I am immensely thankful to Aiko for all her support and to BetterHelp for providing a more modernized platform for therapy."

Seeking help through online therapy

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Are you controlling your emotions, or are they controlling you?

Many individuals who try online therapy through platforms like BetterHelp have similar stories to Ghita's. Having sessions from the comfort of your home can make treatment more effective. With online therapy at BetterHelp, you can connect with a therapist by audio, videoconferencing, or live chat. You can also contact your therapist at any time through in-app messaging, and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can. This may prove to be helpful if you experience anxiety or other concerns in between sessions.

One common form of therapy for a variety of mental health challenges is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Research shows that online CBT is effective for several mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, phobias, panic disorder, and substance use disorder. 

If you are struggling with substance use, contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at (800) 662-4357 to receive support and resources. Support is available 24/7.


Ghita found comfort and growth in online therapy and an alternative option after losing insurance coverage. She found that online therapy helped her become more mindful of her emotions and choose which to focus on more.  If you're looking for someone to talk to, whether because of emotional challenges or mental health concerns, you might consider trying online therapy.

With BetterHelp, you can be matched with a licensed counselor who has experience in your specific areas of concern, whether they involve anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, or other mental health concerns. You can also change therapists at any time if needed until you find a therapist who is a good fit. Take the first step toward getting support and contact BetterHelp today.

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