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How To Find A Therapist For Your Mental Health Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Can Talking to a Therapist Online Replace Traditional Counseling? Pixabay / rawpixel

The last thing you’d expect from the coronavirus pandemic is a paradox in health care, yet a paradox is exactly what it brought us: The widespread social distancing that brought more people in need of help for mental health issues like anxiety and depression, at a time when finding these resources in person are harder to do. So where do we go from here?

Finding A Therapist Amid The Pandemic

Because of possibility that we’re all going to be under quarantine for an indefinite amount of time due to the coronavirus, a lot of us may experience some negative effects when it comes to mental health, which is normal for scenarios such as this. The problem, however, is that seeking help under this time may be harder since we’re all supposed to be practicing social distancing.

Thankfully, the past several weeks have seen a big change when it comes to the landscape of our national mental health – what with services making the necessary changes to make sure that mental help can easily transition from face-to-face meetings to virtual ones.

As such, telehealth therapy platforms have recently exploded, fulfilling this growing need of ours to find easier access to mental help from our homes.

But how do you actually find one?

A lot of people who never had to find mental help may be finding themselves with that need now, which can be intimidating at first. But there’s no shame to it. Thankfully, there are free resources such as community-based centers that offer such services. As long as they’re a Federally Qualified Health Center, they’re authorized to give you help.

There’s also the national crisis text line, which connects you with a crisis counselor for free, and is staffed by volunteer social workers and clinicians.

As for finding an actual therapist, you may try apps like TalkSpace or look at refutable websites like Teladoc, MDLive or Amwell. Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, keep in mind that it doesn’t always click. Otherwise, find a quiet spot where you can have the privacy you need for the session and don’t be afraid to open up about anything.

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