I Tried Online Therapy Once, Here's How It Went
12:44 A.M. - I was up and was having yet again another (very small) panic attack. I have suffered from anxiety my entire life. While it hasn’t been actually diagnosed or serious to the point where it gets in the way of my work, it still bothers me from time to time. Here’s the thing, I am constantly in competition with myself. I’m constantly thinking of ways to one up and be a better version of myself. This hyper-competitive mentality causes me to stress about things a normal person shouldn’t worry about; to the point that I self inflict minor anxiety attacks. I’m a very good student, I’ve accomplished a lot, and I’m always on it. While I’ve been in therapy before, I don’t think it’s that serious to the point that I need consistent, professional help.
So I took a break from my homework and did a quick google search for online therapy. I’m thinking, with so many digital innovations in the medicial field, I’m sure there is a space that I can have an unfiltered talk with a medical professional. This is how I stumbled upon TalkSpace.
Talkspace is an online and mobile therapy company based in New York City. Talkspace users have access to licensed therapists through the website or mobile app on iOS and Android.
Here’s how it works: you sign up, take a personal assessment on what’s going on in your life and then you’re placed with a therapist that best matches your personality and what you want to get out of your session. TalkSpace therapists have certifications and specialities in anything from LGBTQ therapy, marriage counseling, PTSD for veterans, and much more.
So after I was matched with my therapist, I got to choose my plan. Plans range from $32 a week up to about $100 a week. This was another perk for me because seeing a therapist is extremely expensive and something I simply can’t afford as a college student. I chose the unlimited messaging plan. With this plan, you can literally message them from your phone via an IOS or Android app. As much as you want. Whenever you want. Naturally, I chose this one because like I said before, my moments come at very random times.
I chose my plan and got matched with my therapist the next day. We introduced ourselves and exchanged a few messages about what my interests are and who I be with. We talked about my childhood, my love life, and finally my anxiety episodes. The interaction was extremely laid back and I didn’t even feel as though I was talking to a therapist. We created techniques that I can use to help not only push through these episodes but prevent them from happening all together.
TalkSpace eliminates the stigma surrounding therapy and seeking help for problems that seem common or minor. Because in the end, it really is just about having someone listen to you and offer a professional opinion.
If you are an overachiever like myself, or maybe you just need an unbiased person to talk to, try TalkSpace. It’s extremely easy, relatively affordable, and commitment free.