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So you're interested in learning more about what it's like to work a licensed online therapist here on our platform? With more than 56 million online therapy sessions on our platform to date (using messaging, chat, phone, and live video), we're happy to tell about all of the benefits of working with one of the experienced mental health counselors on our platform.
As a company that is dedicated to providing professional unlimited online therapy services to a growing audience of people that is convenient, easily accessible, and affordable... we're happy to help you better understand how you can deal with life's challenges and struggles by getting help anytime and anywhere using working with a therapist online. We want you to know that you can get help and get happy today.
BetterHelp provides access to over 5,500 licensed & certified mental health professionals as an alternative to in-office therapy. One of the most common misconceptions that people have about our services is that online therapy sessions are more easily accessible and less expensive than face-to-face visits in a traditional therapist's office.
When you register for an account online here at BetterHelp you are eligible to participate in distance therapy and telemental health services from the following types of providers.
Online therapists practice the same therapy methodologies and (provide the same recommended treatments) as their in-office therapy counterparts. Mental health professionals who provide therapy online via live chat sessions, texting therapy and other digitally connected means reach our users that sign up with our service via our mobile app. (iOS & Android)
When you opt for online sessions your therapist can access your texting therapy and online chat session notes at any time to respond to your questions and concerns. No more waiting for in-office therapy "business hours" to get the help you need. The online therapy counseling room via our app is available 24-hours a day; all you need to do is setup up a time with your counselor to get the help and support you need.
An online therapist is licensed to provide online counseling, diagnosis, treatment, and telemental health services for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other common mental health-related disorders. The best online therapy provides patients with relief (and a lasting reduction in anxiety and stress.)
According to the American Psychological Association, the following are five of the most common types of therapy an online therapist can provide.
1. Psychoanalysis - This modality of online therapy involves the study of unconscious drives and desires that may be affecting your conscious behaviors. Licensed therapists who practice this model of online therapy believe that helping you to uncover your hidden motives and to face them head on, is the key to good mental health.
Psychoanalysis is one of the most widely recognized forms of therapy that focuses on the unconscious. Therapists who focus on psychoanalysis normally do so in contrast to the methodologies that apply to cognitive behavior therapy with the belief that the unconscious, and not the conscious, is what really drives human behavior.
On some occasions you may find a therapist who combines psychoanalysis with cognitive-behavior therapy using an integrative approach.
Remember, regardless of what mode of therapy you choose, you are in the driver's seat. Your willingness to participate in your own healing is the ultimate predictor of whether you'll overcome your mental health challenges --sooner than later.
2. Behavior Therapy - An online therapist who practices this model of therapy believes that recognizing and eliminating negative behaviors from our daily lives is the best way to take control of your mental health. Behavior therapy is often associated with cognitive therapy as both are self-aware modalities.
Sessions with a behavior therapist are likely to center around eliminating negative behaviors that produce undesirable results and replacing them with positive "results-oriented" behavior.
3. Cognitive Therapy - Mental health professionals who specialize in this modality prefer to take a "thinking" approach to online therapy. Online chat sessions with a therapist in this category are likely to be based on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and focus on organizing your inner world in order to see lasting changes in your mental health.
Your cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions will be focused on import cognitive aspects, like mindfulness and establishing problem-solving methods based on logic.
4. Humanistic Therapy - This "person-based" therapy is a form of goal-setting therapy that guides clients to focus on achieving their fullest potential through mindfulness and behavior modification. In-office therapy and online sessions with a humanistic therapist are likely to focus on relieving depression, anxiety, and providing good therapy by developing strategies to help clients realistically achieve their goals.
Humanistic practitioners believe that the key to mental health and wellness is a steady progression of achievements towards important life goals. These therapists place a high value on community and service.
5. Integrative/Holistic - Sessions with an online therapist who practices integrative therapy are likely to combine a variety of principles from each of the therapy modalities listed above. Holistic therapists believe in a person-centered approach and provides a combination of therapy modalities to balance mental health.
Regardless of their chosen modalities or method of treatment, licensed therapists provide diagnosis and treatment for mental health related conditions like anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bi-polar depression (BPD).
Online therapy is a versatile and easy to use options for getting the best online therapy in a private environment for individuals, couples, and families of all ages. BetterHelp provides the best online therapy for individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with or suspecting an underlying mental illness.
Online therapists are licensed to provide diagnosis, treatment, and referrals for mental health related issues. Major health insurance providers now provide behavioral health options that cover counseling sessions regardless of location as long as the therapists are licensed.
Check with your health insurance provider to learn if your in-office therapy behavioral health benefits can be applied to online therapy.
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To get the best online therapy results from attending therapy online, first, be honest with yourself about what you want to change (and what your ultimate goals are.) Get matched to the therapist from the description above that best matches your lifestyle and comfort-level.
For example, an introverted person may opt-out of face-to-face therapy and prefer texting therapy or chat therapy instead.
One of the best things about getting online therapy is the wide variety of payment options that include free, reduced, sliding-fee scale and health insurance options (check BetterHelp's website for payment options).. Initial consultations with therapists licensed to diagnose and treat common mental disorders and access to limited support resources online is free.
If your health insurance plan covers behavioral health services on the platform, you can find a therapist that accepts one of the major health insurance plans. Many of today's behavioral health plans cover online therapy for behavioral health services.
If you're not covered for therapy under your current health plan, there are sliding-fee and reduced cost options available. In most cases online therapy costs substantially less than in-office therapy.
Ready to get started with online therapy? Get started with online therapy with a BetterHelp therapist (and make in-office therapy hassles a thing of the past.)
Options for attending online therapy via the BetterHelp online platform include messaging, video chat, and audio chat. BetterHelp clients enjoy the unlimited messaging therapy sessions that are available with their membership on the platform.
Now that you understand the basics on how to get the best online therapy to suit your specific needs --here is a breakdown of how to virtually attend your therapy sessions online.
Chat sessions - Online therapy sessions function just like in-office therapy sessions, with one major exception --you no longer have to go into the office. Online chat sessions are conducted via a mobile app or by directly logging into the online therapy platform and following the instructions to virtually connect with your online therapist.
Texting therapy - This provides online clients with access to unlimited message therapy sessions. Online clients communicate with their therapists in this manner once the therapeutic relationship has been established.
Web therapy - Allows patients and therapists to connect via the BetterHelp platform using a laptop or desktop. No more stressful visits to a therapist's office. Now, licensed therapists come to you! Web therapy sessions conducted via desktop, laptop, or mobile app are a great option for attending individual online therapy, couples therapy and family therapy (while maintaining your sense of privacy.)
Online therapy sessions can vary in price based on your individual circumstances. In most cases out-of-pocket or health insurance based online therapy sessions are less than an in-office visit.
Yes! Online therapy is just as effective as offline therapy. Online therapy uses the same psychological techniques and strategies to mitigate the negative symptoms of mental health.
The best online therapy occurs in a setting where you and your ideal therapist are matched and participate in value-added sessions that provide you with new coping skills and strategies for managing your mental health. All of this happens in a private location of your choosing.
The answer to this is - maybe. Some major health insurance providers now cover online behavioral health services as a part of your health plan. Check with your individual insurance provider to learn your coverage options for online therapy.
The BetterHelp platform offers affordable and sliding-fee out-of-pocket based therapy. That said, online therapy services offered using our service aren't normally covered by Medicaid, Medicare or health insurance.
The amount that you'll pay for therapy is dependent upon many factors. Some factors include therapy type, location, specialization, and other individual factors. Therapy on the BetterHelp platform averages around $40-$70 per week (billed monthly).
Absolutely! Attending therapy provides patients with a new perspective on old situations, coping skills and strategies for maintaining good mental health and a more productive life. For more about online therapy and if it's right for you, check out this video.
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