In years past, therapy was something that required a great deal of time and dedication to receive. Not only would you need to spend the hour or two at your therapist’s office, you’d need to spend time locating a therapist, applying for their service, and transporting yourself to and from their office. Not to mention when you finally find one, you realize that they’re not in your network.
While regular “brick and mortar” therapy is still the preferred method of receiving therapy for many people, it’s not necessarily for everyone. New technology has been introduced to the field of therapy. The internet is now a popular place for receiving therapy, and millions of people have received help thanks to online therapy.
What Is Online Therapy?
Online therapy, also known as online counseling, is a new branch of therapy that allows you to connect with qualified counselors and therapists from the comfort of your own home or, if you own a smartphone, while you’re on the go.
Brands like Talkspace, which we cover below, have brought therapy to millions of people who otherwise may not have had access to it. These people include:
Disadvantaged people and those with physical disabilities who were previously unable to get to a therapist’s office can now do so with the help of online therapy
People who live in small towns where therapy is not readily available now have access to it.
People who were previously afraid to seek therapy for fear of judgment from friends or family, or because of the stigma that is occasionally placed upon therapy, can now seek therapy without needing to feel exposed.
Online therapy provides all of the benefits of conventional therapy in a much more accessible format that’s more applicable for the modern world. You know, especially since everyone uses their phones 24 hours a day.
Online Therapy Brands
There are a lot of different companies out there offering online therapy.
Talkspace. Talkspace is one of the most popular and trusted online therapy platforms. Talkspace has been mentioned on most media outlets, has been endorsed by numerous celebrities and has even partnered with some of these celebrities and other important groups. Talkspace provides users with reliable counselors, easy scheduling, and a great user interface to make online therapy very approachable.
BetterHelp. BetterHelp is another popular e-therapy company that’s based in the US, and provides people with good counselors, reliable therapy and easy access.
eTherapy UK, a UK-based online therapy platform, has helped bring online therapy to a large number of people as well. However, the UK has some room for improvement.
There are lots of other brands that deal with online therapy, and many more are soon to come. Choose one that suits your needs and don’t hesitate to seek help right away!
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