Proper mental health care is crucial, but many can't access it, either because it is not available in their vicinity or because it is cost-prohibitive. That's why those in need of behavioral therapymore
Proper mental health care is crucial, but many can't access it, either because it is not available in their vicinity or because it is cost-prohibitive. That's why those in need of behavioral therapy are increasingly turning to telemedicine or remote treatment via phone, email, text-based chat, or video chat. So if your nearest therapist is located too far away or you can't afford regular, in-person therapy, here are four apps to consider. Note: If you're in crisis, call 911 or contact a medical professional, a suicide hotline, or even the Crisis Text Line, which puts a trained counselor just a message away.
Virtual visits not only typically cost less but also spare you the transportation costs associated with getting to or from your provider.
Private patient information can be exploited if a security breach occurs. Also, not all insurance companies cover telehealth sessions, so contact yours to make sure before booking appointments.
Download a telehealth app and search for or get matched with a licensed therapist who specializes in your particular issue. Make appointments to "meet" via in-app calendar and then decide whether to communicate with them on a regular or ad-hoc basis in secure, private text-based chat or video chat rooms. Then, depending on the app, you can either pay for appointments by purchasing a premium subscription or session by session.
For only $32 per week (billed monthly), Talkspace provides individuals and couples on-demand, private text, audio, and video chat counseling from licensed, specialized therapists.
With 7Cups, you can text your heart out to trained active listeners for free. If you need heavier duty counseling, then you can pay $12.99 for a month -- or $94.99 for a year -- of unlimited chats with licensed therapists.
With plans starting at $35 a week, BetterHelp puts licensed therapists at your disposal for regular chat therapy sessions.
Get matched with a licensed therapist, who specializes in your particular issue or issues, make an appointment for a free consultation over video chat, and then continue to "see" them for $99 per session.