It is a common myth that therapy is only for people with serious issues. This myth still persists in society despite the fact that one in six people will experience some level of depression or anxiety at some point in their lives. We have long accepted that we should seek medical care to treat illnesses of the body, so why is it unreasonable to assume your mind might need a little healing or therapy too?
Stigmas surrounding therapy and mental illness can make it difficult for people to feel comfortable seeking out a therapist, but what if there was a private and easier way to find help? The app BetterHelp might be the answer for you.
BetterHelp is an app and website that provides anyone who might need “easy, discreet, and affordable access to professional counseling from a licensed counselor.” With this app, you can receive safe, private, and professional help from your computer, tablet, or phone anytime, anywhere.
Alon Matas, the founder of the app and website, launched BetterHelp after facing some significant challenges in his own life. He said, “While searching for the right type of help for myself, I spoke with other people in similar situations. They felt that the current counseling solutions are too expensive, time-consuming, inconvenient, and inaccessible. Many people were also concerned by the lack of privacy and the stigma around it. This made me think: We use the Internet to shop better, learn better, and work better; isn’t it time we start using the Internet to live better?”
To get started with the app, you will need to fill out a questionnaire so the app can better match you with the right counselor. Once you are matched with a counselor, you will be able to message and get in touch with them. If it turns out that you are unhappy with the counselor you were matched with, you can request a new one.
Both the website and app mention that you should refrain from using this site “if you are in crisis or you or any other person might be in danger.” They also provide a list of hotlines and resources you can use if you are in crisis and need immediate help.
You can use the app when you need someone to talk to or need guidance with a new phase of life, but either way, you should never feel ashamed to ask for help.
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