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As someone who has struggled ificantly with depression and anxiety, I am percent pro-therapy. Partly because talk therapy is a recognized, hugely-effective tool for easing mental health suffering and anything that eases mental health suffering is gold as far as I'm concernedbut also because my first experience with psychotherapy was incredibly positive, and xhat me first-hand just how valuable a good therapist really is.

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My goal was to see how the experience of online therapy compared to in-person therapy, and whether it was as good an option as it sounded like in theory. I fres feeling pretty optimistic about my newfound therapeutic alliance with Karen, but it wasn't long before I discovered one of the big drawbacks of text-based therapy. For example: bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and so forth.

When you aren't chatting in real time, it can be hard to keep the flow of the conversation going, and you miss out on a lot of the non-verbal communication you'd normally have with in-person. That, I realized, is the only difficulty of trying to access a kind of prophylactic therapy — trying to working with a therapist when you don't necessarily need to sometimes means that nothing is really wrong, and so sometimes, you don't want to actually talk about anything.

Please note that you may be connected to our sister website when accessing some of the options that we offer. Once I started chatting with Eryn, I was surprised to find how much she reminded me of my old, beloved therapist — much more, in fact, that any of the other IRL therapists I'd seen.

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For example, I cht particularly find it helpful when a therapist likes to give a lot of advice — I just prefer having space to talk things out without judgment. This website is independent, non profit making and is free for all to use. Having Eryn to talk to has been so nice, and I'm not quite sure I'd like to stop doing it, even if I am sure at this point that continuing to pay for the service would just be a nice bonus, as opposed to a very important investment in my own mental health.

Talkspace allowed me to get those things out in the open proactively, on my own schedule, without having to spend lots of time and money trying to find someone I liked. The main forms of communication we offer are via our supportive Depression Chat RoomsDepression Forums and our Depression Blog section. dhat

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I spent close to four years in almost-weekly therapy with my first, amazing therapist, and it was an incredibly important resource for me in what was a very tumultuous and difficult time in my life. In all fairness, it was good advice, especially since I do have a tendency to put my foot in my mouth a fair bit. When I ed up, there were some things on my mind that therapg bothering me, but in general I was coping well.

I'd only intended to stay for the month, specifically for the purpose of conducting this experiment, but since I liked Eryn so much, I started to consider staying on indefinitely, and using Talkspace as part of my network of tools I rely on to try and keep me from ever ending up as miserably depressed as I once was a few years ago. I also realized what a huge advantage it was to be able to message her throughout the day, whenever I needed to. So when I foom about the option for online therapy — which would hypothetically solve all three of those problems — I decided to try online therapy for a month to see how it compared.

Even through her written messages, Eryn seemed to cat trying to understand where I was coming from, and it felt like she had a lot of empathy, which were two things I felt like Freee had a hard time finding in other therapists.

I'm not ready to commit to another month, but at the same time, I want to make sure I'm not just having a good week, and next week I'll wish I hadn't canceled although I guess if that were to happen I could just up again. So if you've been avoiding therapy because of any or all of those reasons, an online setup might be a great alternative.

Depression Chat Rooms. I felt kind of bad about that — I knew that a better thing to do would have been to discuss it therwpy her, or perhaps even request a different therapist something that both websites totally allow you to doand I probably would have if I hadn't simultaneously ed up for Talkspace. I wasn't particularly struggling or in crisis when I began this experiment, but I was feeling like I could probably benefit from having someone to talk to again.

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Some people might appreciate that kind of honest feedback, but I like my honesty couched in a heavy dose of gentle kindness and empathy, and at that moment, I immediately thought, online therapy is definitely not for me. Whilst our primary objective is to connect people that have issues regarding depression and anxiety, we also warmly welcome others that may have health issues that fdee related to depression and anxiety.

Ones that, if I'm honest, I didn't particularly want. Since Karen and I had gotten off to a pretty good start, I was beginning to feel more comfortable opening up, and sharing some details that felt a little more sensitive about. They were both d therapists, and both seemed pretty welcoming and open, which I figured was a good.

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But the online arrangement actually worked really well with the position I'm in in my life right now— that therrapy, super busy, but also interested in having someone to talk to — and I started to see how something like Talkspace or Betterhelp really does provide a great option to people who can't or won't access traditional therapy, but who also aren't requiring in-depth mental health support. After a month of trying online therapy, I think that there are some definite benefits.

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And really, who couldn't benefit from having a therapist to chat to? While Betterhelp and Talkspace are two separate websites, they functioned in a similar manner: I could log into a private chat room either on my laptop or via an app on my phone and leave my therapist a message, and they'd get back to gree with a response to keep the conversation going.

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See All Trying Birth After. Over the past year or so, I've had sessions with a handful of different psychologists, but none of them thearpy like good fit.

Community gallery to share photographs and other forms of media. Write or read journals concerning depression and anxiety. To begin, I explained to each of them a particularly stressful event that had been weighing on my mind a lot, and how I was having a lot of trouble letting fhat of it.

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Right now, my membership with Talkspace is on hold. I figured an online therapist wasn't going to be nearly as helpful as a real, in-person therapist, but given that there are probably a lot of people out there who could use some support, but aren't necessarily in a position where they need to sit on a psychologist's couch every week, online therapy seemed like it could be a good in-between, accessible choice. That's not to say though, that there aren't plenty of downsides: therapy is expensive, it can be time-consuming, and it can also be really hard to find a therapist who is a good match for you and finding the right therapist is super important.

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