What Are The Best Therapy Resources?
By: Nicole Beasley
Updated March 06, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Carnell Colebrook-Claude , MA, NCC, BC-TMH, LPC (Clinical Track), LPCC, LCPC, LIMHP, LSOTP
If you have ever been referred to therapy or if you have just decided that it's time to seek help; there are many resources out there to assist you with your search for the right treatment program and therapist. Whether you're looking for more information on CBT or if your marriage needs a mediator, the internet and a good old fashioned Google search has more than enough information to cover and offer solutions to whatever your need may be. You will often find that the best therapy is dependent on what your issue is, so please do not dismiss anything offhandedly, and be willing to try alternatives. If your first resource isn't working out for you have no fear there are numerous alternatives as the best therapy resources are not one size fits all.
Resource Websites for Choosing a Therapist
If you haven't chosen a therapist yet and want to be guided by a professional, start with a site like BetterHelp. Like what Google has done for the internet, BetterHelp has done the same regarding therapy. BetterHelp is very accommodating and allows you to go through different professionals to see their qualifications and whether they specialize within your area of concern. This feature helps you to choose the professional that you feel will work best with you and for you. Working with a professional as a guide to help navigate your mental health concerns is important if you're dealing with deep and traumatic issues, as it can be hard to know where to start, and often our solutions and self-medicating ventures can lead down a dark path and we end up placing ourselves at risk for addiction or to the worsening of an undiagnosed disorder.
App Resources for Therapy
Thanks to the advent of the smartphone and modern-day technology, we can now basically "carry" our therapist with us wherever we go. Mazzo (2018), noted that in today's world it difficult to navigate through the mental health care system and because we often must manage a lot of responsibilities it leaves us with little or no time to take care of ourselves. Therefore, finding a therapist should be a seamless process and not be a stressful undertaking in our already hectic lives. A great resource and therapy app that one can try is BetterHelp. They provide all-inclusive, unlimited therapy with licensed therapists who can message, chat live, phone, or video chat with you right at the tip of your fingers using the app whenever you need it.
There are additional app resources for therapy that offer traditional therapy or even millennial- style communication or a trendier alternative to therapy with a trained specialist (non-licensed but trained professional). Maybe you just need someone to talk to without the face to face or voice to voice contact. Well, there are apps that allow you to send an anonymous instant message to a trained volunteer who will be an active listener for you and help with your concerns. There are even apps that help you delve into your personal thoughts and feelings. These are considered self-help mental health apps that teach you various cognitive behavioral therapy techniques via audio lessons and activities, mood and health trackers and relaxation techniques. There are also several therapy apps designed to do everything from offering relationship advice to giving breathing techniques if you are feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, there are personal safety and emergency apps that allows you to set up a network of family and friends who will check on you to make sure that you are okay and contact help if needed.
These resource apps are available on all makes and models of smartphones, so regardless if you are an Apple or Android enthusiast, this is a convenient way and practical resource that you should not miss out on because they are often free or very reasonably priced.
Best CBT Therapy Resources
One of the most common therapies is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because it encourages individuals' to challenges their distorted thoughts and feelings and helps adjust the destructive patterns of an individuals' behavior. It is a scientifically tested and proven therapy method that successfully helps patients overcome a variety of maladaptive behaviors. This is probably why there's a plethora of resources available for it. As well as apps, you'll find any number of worksheets, games, and workbooks to help you determine and get comfortable with your coping skills. This is a great resource because it has so many applications. CBT is a collaborative process and highly effective when used correctly, which is why it's so frequently prescribed.
CBT was developed in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron Beck, who has been internationally recognized as the father of cognitive therapy (CT) and one of the world's leading scientists in psychopathology. He has been acknowledged as one the most one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time. In 1994 along with his daughter Dr. Judith Beck they established the Beck Institute at its present site in Bala Cynwyd, in suburban Philadelphia. Their facility has trained clinicians, researchers, and academics from all over the world. Therefore, their website would only be the best resource for finding information, treatment, and guidance in CBT. In fact, they offer a helpful Question and Answer packet about CBT that can be downloaded.
If you would like to learn more about CBT additional consumer-friendly resources are readily available online and can be found with a simple Google search. These resources can be downloaded and used offline or kept on a smartphone to use on the go. They are often free, and a great tool to bring to therapy sessions with you, so that you can compare notes with your therapist and track your progress. Even if you're not seeing a therapist, this can be a good way of monitoring yourself and determining if you need to see one. However, if you have tried using CBT and realized that you still do not understand your thoughts and feelings that influence your behaviors then it is time to consider professional help. A counselor at BetterHelp can assist you with gaining an understanding into your thinking and help you to get rid of destructive thoughts and behaviors so can live a better live.
Best Therapy Resources
Simple training sessions and targeted therapy are ideal for those with anxieties or stress-based problems. In fact, if you look at many trigger diagnoses, they will use therapies that intentionally try and trigger the patient so that they eventually become immune to the stimulus over time. Similarly, if someone has trouble with assertiveness or expressing themselves, having the opportunity to practice that in a safe and controlled environment is the best therapy. Since these are usually resources only therapists themselves can recommend, it's imperative to have the right professional who can direct you to them if this is the case.
Regardless of your problem, the best therapy resource for you is one that works. It doesn't matter whether it's free or works with your insurance if it works for you.
Mazzo., L. (2018). The Best Therapy and Mental Health Apps., Retrieved from: https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/best-therapy-mental-health-apps