It’s tough to go it alone. Sometimes you need professional assistance, or just someone to talk to. (Or maybe, as I experienced, it’s 3 am and you’re freaking out, but don’t want to go to the emergency room.) The only thing I can tell you beyond doing your own research is to try and talk to a professional before engaging in any online or traditional health relationship.
What I do know is that when I was googling my symptoms in the middle of the night, I was only contributing to a spiral of unhappiness and emotional destabilization that I refer to as the negative feedback loop. It’s possible that having someone provide feedback would have helped me at least stabilize my runaway train of thought. If you do try them, let me know what you think.
About Online Therapy
Telepsychiatry is growing trend wherein clinical evaluation and psychiatric treatment via phone or the Web. Today’s technology means that medical specialists can provide services to a range of populations, from people in remote areas to people in crisis at home. Read more at Psychology Today According to doctor Steven Reidbord MD:
Telepsychiatry traditionally treats patients at supervised sites and makes use of secure, special-purpose video conferencing equipment. A number of companies offer technologies and services to facilitate telepsychiatry. The patients served by telepsychiatry often suffer significant mental illness, such that diagnosis tends to be based on overt signs and symptoms. Treatment is usually pharmacologic. More recently, mental health blogs and articles have trumpeted the growth of online psychotherapy conducted by private-practice clinicians. While this falls under the rubric of telepsychiatry, it differs in important respects from traditional applications of this technology. Online psychotherapy is usually conducted as part of a private practice, without institutional oversight or standardization. The patient is typically at home or work, not in a supervised setting. Off-the-shelf consumer technologies such as Skype and FaceTime are often employed, potentially running afoul of HIPAA privacy regulations. And perhaps most crucially, the patients are higher functioning, with more subtle problems that demand nuanced discussion and finessed interventions
A Brief Listing of Online Therapists Available
BetterHelp.com From Their website:
Help from a professional. Licensed, board-accredited, qualified counselors. All PhD or masters with specific counseling certification and years of experience. Help that is right for you. Counselors with a wide variety of specialties, areas of expertise and demographics. Get matched to a counselor that can help you Help that makes a difference. Write to your counselor about the issues that bother you. Get response, advice, and guidance. Start a dialogue and work together to make a positive change Help whenever you need. Do it at your own time and at your own pace. Communicate with your counselor as often as you want and whenever you feel it’s needed. Help is available day or night, weekday or weekend
Talktala:_ offers online therapy. According to the site:
All of our therapists are licensed and verified professionals, carefully chosen and trained on the talktala:_ platform to make sure you receive the best expert advice available.ask a private questionAsk about anything at any time and receive a quick response. You’ll remain safe and anonymous.connect with a therapistWe’ll match you with a verified licensed therapist that is best suited to helping you deal with your challenges. You can ask any question on any topic at home or on the go.get an answer quickly!Receive valuable insights and advice from top rated professionals. 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.Help is on the way.Ask your question now for only $9!
Online-Therapy.com offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is often prescribed for people who are traumatized with stress and anxiety disorders.
Wherever you are, professional help is near
It’s not just chat. You get full support every step of the way:
Your own qualified therapist – communicate daily via chat & worksheets Evidence-based online therapy program Easy-to-follow information & tools in each section Forum to get help from others Tests to see your progress Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Online All our online therapy programs are based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a psycho-therapeutic approach that you can use to identify, challenge and overcome your dysfunctional thoughts, behavior and emotions. CBT is one of the most commonly used methods for treating mental problems and studies show that online therapy based on CBT is just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy.
Virtual Therapy Connect According to their website:
Virtual Therapy Connect is now utilizing our own proprietary HIPAA compliant web-based communications platform that enables therapists to connect from their Virtual Therapy Connect Online Office with clients for secure video therapy sessions and secure real-time online text chat sessions. Distance Therapy in an Online Environment At Virtual Therapy Connect, we make it easy for people to connect with practitioners, securely, discreetly, and with confidence that their protected health information is safe. The benefits of registering for a free client account are obvious:
Verifiable—All of our practitioners must pass an independent and objective third-party background check with license verification so you can be confident that the practitioners on our network are legitimate, highly qualified and ready to assist you
Collaborative—Request as many as three free 10-minute consultations with different providers to identify a preferred therapist and determine if a scheduled appointment is for you
Flexible—Join your therapeutic session from any private place in your home or office. Wait for sessions to start in a convenient and secure Virtual Waiting Room
Convenient—Eliminates the travel time and costs associated with traditional therapies and is portable: attend scheduled sessions from your home or office, or while on the road
Secure—Our proprietary technology offers a free, easy-to-use web-based communications application to connect you with your therapist in a way that maintains the highest standards for maintaining therapist/client privacy.
Easy to use—technophobes need not fear! We custom built this application to be easy to use and a snap to learn. Our simple software uses Silverlight technology allowing it to work with many internet-connected devices, all you need is a webcam, a microphone and a simple pair of headphones and you’re ready to participate in remote therapy sessions.
Theravive According to their website:
A Great Therapist Can Make All The Difference. Are You Ready For A New Start?
We are a network of licensed and professional counselors, therapists, and psychologists who uphold clear, compassionate values in therapy. Our purpose is to connect you to the right professional, giving you a better direction, new goals, and a clearer understanding of how to get there. Therapists on theravive specialize in every form of counseling, including anxiety, trauma / PTSD, depression, families, relationships, career, addictions, children, eating disorders, couples, and marriages. If you are seeking help for your family, a loved one, your marriage, or an issue in your own life, please enter your zip code or city to start your therapist search and begin your path to healing.
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The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness Team