Exciting to know that you can have a high quality session quickly and easily, and at minimal cost.

   By Joshua Fruhlinger

It is still a brave new world out there, but I found two services that offer text-based sessions with credentialed therapists who follow the same methodologies as a professional you might consult while lying on a chaise in an oak-laden office.

For $40 a week, BetterHelp lets you text-chat with one of the licensed mental-health professionals on the service’s roster. To enroll, I filled out a lengthy but simple questionnaire that took a few minutes to complete. Two hours later, the site assigned me to a Licensed Professional Counselor from Texas (LPCs in that state must have a Master’s degree and 3,000 hours of supervised practice). She sent me a message asking what was bothering me and what I hoped to get out of our discussion.    betterhelp.com

Like BetterHelp, Talkspace offers unlimited text-chat with a licensed therapist, but it costs just $25 a week and gets you up and running faster. The site’s home page prompts you to “ask a therapist a question now” and enter your email address.

I kept my question simple: “How do I stop stressing about work?” Within seconds, I was talking to a screener therapist who, based on my request to be paired with a peer, set me up with a male LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in his 40s.

“This is your own private chat room,” my new therapist wrote me. “You can post [to your] chat room 24/7 any time you want. I will respond to your post once daily.”

Should you want to go with a more traditional talk-therapy route, you can sign up for a 30-minute live-video session, which costs $29. talkspace.com

For the full story:  http://imarketreports.com/textual-healing-off-duty.html

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