My name is Trevor and I am a registered hypnotherapist in Seattle. I want to first note for full transparency that I am a partner of the company in this review and may receive compensation from this company. Now, that that’s out of the way I want to give my honest opinion of the benefits of online therapy and my experience using it for myself.
I’ve of course done a lot of work with my own clients, but as a hypnotherapist, and this is true for many therapists and psychologists as well, we often need help from time to time with another therapist. I’ve done talk therapy throughout the years for myself, but only over the last few years I have considered trying online therapy. In my mind, I thought online therapy could never be as useful as in person therapy. In a way it was blasphemy.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. I tried using online therapy with BetterHelp (There’s a good chance you’ve heard of them considering they’ve worked with Arianna Grande and many other prominent people promoting the service) a few years ago for depression and anxiety. I was also in a very toxic relationship and even knowing better, it can be extremely difficult to understand that without a therapist of your own giving you outside feedback. I decided it was worth trying because it just felt like it wasn’t a big risk and I liked the privacy of not having to go into an office.
What Was My Experience Like?
Signing up for BetterHelp was extremely easy. I filled out a simple questionnaire and shortly after they matched me with my therapist that was specifically selected for my issues and verified licensed and credentialed in my state. Shortly after finishing my sign up I was connected to my therapist through the BetterHelp app / website. I was able to give her a bit of a background of what I was struggling with (depression and a toxic relationship).
She was extremely professional and empathetic to my issues and started helping me immediately. She sent me recommendations every single day about what dealing with my problems. This is a major benefit you do not get with a therapist. I got DAILY help.
Everyone knows that one day might be a really bad day and not having access to your therapist can be the difference between making a good decision and a really bad decision. This daily contact prevented me from making many bad relapsing type decisions or spiraling into a depression or anxiety.
Not only that, but with the plan I signed up for I got weekly phone calls on top of that. The daily texting help combined with weekly phone calls made online therapy better than in person therapy for me.
Is Online Therapy Right For You?
BetterHelp does not accept customers that they believe they cannot help. When you fill out the survey, if they think your issues cannot be helped with online therapy they will not accept you. This is great because you know the help you are getting will be right for you. Common issues like anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship problems are BetterHelps speciality.
Is Online Therapy Affordable?
YES. Compared to my colleagues (therapists, psychologists and hypnotherapists) online therapy is generally much more affordable and has many more benefits. In person therapy costs anywhere from $75-$300 an hour depending on the education of the practitioner. Doing one to two sessions a week can cost anywhere from $300-$1500 a month! That also does NOT include daily contact with your therapist. So going days at a time with no contact can be make or break during a moment of struggle.
BetterHelp VS Traditional Therapy Breakdown
As a hypnotherapist I would highly recommend BetterHelp. Especially for people who have had a hard time going in to see a therapist in person. Sometimes seeking out help can be extremely challenging but online therapy adds a level of comfort, privacy and low pressure that in person therapy can’t match. Online therapy is also an incredible solution during the pandemic for those that wish to limit contact or exposure to in person therapy. There’s not much to lose and everything to gain. We all deserve to have access to a therapist and the chance to help ourselves. So give it a shot.