Deciding to try Remote Talk Therapy
When you’re feeling down or stressed, it can be difficult to know how to start to feel better. Oftentimes depression and chronic pain go hand in hand, and treating mental pain can actually help to alleviate physical pain. Remote talk therapy is a new trend that is helping many people, especially those who are homebound or super busy, to feel better.
Remote talk therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), delivered by phone, oftentimes through an app. CBT has proven to help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety for many people. Remote talk therapy allows you to get those benefits without ever having to step food into a therapist’s office.
If you’re feeling down or out of sorts, you’re not alone. In fact, Newsweek reports that around 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States), suffer from some type of mental illness. Sometimes there are social stigmas associated with feeling down, but please know that there is nothing wrong with using a sounding board when you aren’t sure what to do. Sometimes we need a little help every now and then, and that’s OK.
The Talkspace app is very a very popular remote talk therapy app in the United States, with the majority of users being female and millennials. That being said, Talkspace can help people of all ages, nationalities, male or female. Here’s a breakdown of how it works, and how you can get started.
How Remote Talk Therapy Works
After you download the app, you will have the opportunity to write or talk about what’s been going on and why you’re here, and what you hope to accomplish through therapy. You will then be guided through the process of choosing your therapist and plan. Talkspace cost ranges from $49 to $316 a week, depending on which plan you choose.
Working with your Therapist
Once you have chosen your therapist, you will dive into your situation in more detail. As with regular, in-person CBT, you might not click with the first therapist that you speak with. You can change therapists at any time. It’s important for you to make sure that your needs are being met, so if they’re not, don’t be shy about switching.
You can communicate with your therapist differently, depending on your communication style. Talkspace has the ability to communicate via text, recorded message or video. Depending on the plan you choose, you might check in daily or only a few times a week.
You will complete assessments that help you and your therapist understand how you’re progressing through CBT. Depending on what you’re working on, you may use the app for weeks or a month, or you might rely upon it for a year or more. There is no “right” amount of time that you should be in therapy. What matters is that you are gaining tools and insights to help you to feel better. Hey, when you live with chronic pain, sometimes it’s just good to have someone to talk to.