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Is Online Mental Health Therapy Right for Me? How to Know and What to Consider




Welcome to the world of self-discovery and mental wellness! If you've landed here, you might be pondering whether mental health therapy is the right path for you. It's a journey many embark on, but knowing when to start and how to find the right therapist can seem like navigating a maze without a map. Don't worry—we're here to help guide you through the process.


When Should You Consider Therapy?

The decision to start therapy often comes from a feeling or situation you can no longer manage alone. It doesn't need to be triggered by a monumental event. Sometimes, the signs are subtle and personal. 


Here are a few indicators that it might be time to consider therapy:

  • Persistent Sadness or Anxiety: Feelings that linger and affect your daily life can be a sign.

  • Traumatic Events: Experiencing or re-experiencing events that leave you feeling unsettled or distressed.

  • Big Changes in Life: Moving cities, changing jobs, or even fluctuating relationship dynamics can stir up emotions that are hard to handle.

  • Feeling Stuck: A sense of stagnation or frustration about life can be a clue that talking to someone could help.

  • Physical Symptoms: Often, emotional pain manifests physically—sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, or chronic pain might be telling you something.

  • Needing Support: Sometimes you just need to get things off your chest and out of your mind… what a great way to use therapy!


What to Consider When Looking for a Therapist

Finding a therapist can feel daunting, but considering a few key factors can make the process smoother and more effective:


  • Personality and Values: Therapy is intimate, so it's important that you feel comfortable with their personality and values align with yours. Does this person make me feel safe and supportive? This might be based on their demeanor or the items listed below (preference for a therapist will look different for every person):

  • Credentials and Expertise: Ensure the therapist is licensed and check their areas of expertise to match your needs.

  • Therapeutic Approach: Therapists use various methodologies—from cognitive behavioral therapy to exposure therapy (ERP) to dance and movement therapy to narrative therapy. Research what might work best for you and what speaks to you..

  • Logistics: Location, availability, and cost are practical aspects that will affect your therapy experience.


Do you need to have all these things figured out? No. Try attending a short video call (a lot of therapists offer these) and get a feel for the therapist then.


How to Find the Right Therapist for You

Finding the therapist who clicks with you is crucial. Here’s how you can go about it:


  • Ask for Referrals: Sometimes the best recommendations come from friends, family, or healthcare providers who understand your needs. Your friend who is in therapy, their therapist might even have recommendations if their therapist is not a good fit for you or you want a different therapist.

  • Use Trusted Resources: Websites like PsychologyToday and local mental health clinics offer directories to licensed professionals.

  • Consultations: Many therapists offer a free initial consultation. This is a great opportunity to see if their style and approach suits you.


How to Know if Better Minds is A Good Fit?

Let's explore a realistic pros and cons list:


Pros:

  • Accessibility: Better Minds Counseling & Services therapists offer therapy online to reach clients all over*. This means no need to find parking, fight traffic, and calculate travel time. Teletherapy allows individuals to access therapy from the comfort of their own homes or any location with internet access, making mental health services more accessible to those who may have difficulty attending in-person sessions due to location, mobility issues, or other commitments.

    • *Our therapists can see anyone in the following states:

      • Maryland

      • New Jersey (coming soon!)

      • Pennsylvania

      • Virginia

      • West Virginia

  • Convenience: Teletherapy eliminates the need for travel time to and from appointments, making it more convenient for clients with busy schedules. It also reduces the likelihood of missing appointments due to transportation issues or other logistical challenges.

  • Privacy: Some individuals may feel more comfortable discussing sensitive or personal topics from the privacy of their own home rather than in a clinical setting, potentially leading to more open and honest communication with their therapist.

  • Flexibility: Teletherapy offers greater flexibility in scheduling appointments, as therapists may have more availability for virtual sessions compared to in-person sessions.

  • Safety: During times of public health concerns, such as pandemics or natural disasters, teletherapy provides a safer alternative to in-person therapy by reducing the risk of exposure to contagious illnesses.



Cons:

  • Technological Issues: Technical difficulties such as poor internet connection, audio/video lag, or software glitches can disrupt the flow of therapy sessions and potentially impede communication between the client and therapist. Lack of Personal

  • Connection: Some clients may feel that teletherapy lacks the personal connection and rapport-building that can occur during in-person sessions, leading to a less fulfilling therapeutic experience for some individuals.

  • Confidentiality Concerns: Maintaining confidentiality can be more challenging in teletherapy, as there may be increased risk of unauthorized access to electronic communications or breaches of privacy compared to in-person sessions.

  • Potential Distractions: Clients participating in teletherapy sessions from home may face distractions such as household noise, interruptions from family members or pets, or the temptation to multitask during sessions, which can detract from the therapeutic process.



Choosing to explore therapy is a brave and significant decision. It's not just about finding relief but also about learning and growing. The right therapist is a partner in your mental health journey, not just a guide. They're there to support you, challenge you, and help you navigate the complexities of your thoughts and emotions. It’s okay if you don’t know all the answers right now. Your therapist will help.


Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges or just curious about personal growth, therapy can offer valuable insights and tools. It’s about finding the right support to help you uncover your strengths and move forward with confidence. Why not take that first step today? Your future self will thank you for it!




Blog Disclaimer - These posts are not meant to treat, diagnose, or serve as a replacement for therapy.  If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact your local crisis center or dial 911.  Here are more immediate resources as well.

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