I signed up for 4 really different online mental health services– varying in expense from free to , 100 a month– and ran my stress and anxieties through them all, simultaneously, for a week. Here’s what I found.
What I’m doing here is examining my experience of using each psychological health service, rather than its effectiveness – because even the most wizard-like therapist isn’t going to ‘cure’ you in just one week. Okay, cool – let’s psychological health!
How does it work?
As seen on FB (by me, anyhow), United States company is the corporate behemoth of the e-counselling video game. They declare to have 500 licensed counsellors working for them, each with a minimum of 3 years of experience.
After completing a survey to ascertain what particular flavour of psychological you are, you’re coupled with a counsellor, who you can mercilessly swap for a different one at any time. (I got Dr. Laura Dabney, from Virginia). You then kick off an immediate messaged treatment session that both you and your counsellor can drop in and out of, and which could, in theory, continue until one of you eventually died.
What does it cost?
You get a totally free seven-day trial – similar to a free Netflix or Amazon Prime trial, other than with way more questions about what your childhood was like. After that, it costs from , 24.50 a week for unlimited message-based counselling and one ‘totally free’ phone session with your counsellor monthly. Yeah, I do not get how it’s free either, but whatever.
How much is BetterHelp monthly?
If you find the idea of baring your soul to a complete stranger a bit awks, filtering that through immediate messaging might be handy. You won’t get the very same connection similar to in person counselling, however the semi-anonymity might make it much easier to open if you’ve been consuming 2 bottles of rum and dancing around in your dead nan’s wedding dress every night.
She first ascertained the scale of my stress and anxiety, what triggers it– social circumstances, meeting people for the very first time– and after that dived headlong into my fractious youth (separated parents, stretched familial relationships, bullied in junior school). She was pretty nosey tbh, however then that’s her job, isn’t it?
Overall, the service is remarkably slick. The discussion can be a little stop-starty at times, however it was actually a far smoother and more on-tap experience than I expected. I even got speedy actions to messages over the weekend, which was unforeseen.
Talkspace vs Betterhelp
The fact you can edit messages before sending them implies you’re unlikely to blurt out something vulnerable and revealing in the heat of the moment. Profound minutes of realisation may be tough to come by if you can’t get an unwinded flow going.
Who do I think it might it be good for?