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Has anyone ever tried online therapy? I mean where you pay to talk to someone online where they say you can talk everyday if you want? It is the only affordable option I have without waiting for weeks. This would be so convenient, especially getting to talk to someone the day I need to rather than having to wait for an appointment. I tend to panic at times when I feel that something is falling a part, and this would be great to help keep me calm until I find someone else like a friend willing to support me when I need them. My friends are so busy (which is understandable, and they work almost all day everyday). My fiance cannot handle helping me, it stresses him out too much, so I cannot rely on him for support as depressing as that is. 

I do not expect anything amazing from this, but I do want it to be more than only an outlet. As in someone who is actually trained to help someone and will do more than the obvious and basic. 

Anyone have any experiences with it or warnings against it? 

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Thank you for finding those links Wooster.That was interesting & informative.

I wonder if maybe I should try it sometime.

I wonder how much it costs too.

I don't really like the idea of not being able to see each other's body language though, but who knows, maybe that's a good thing.

Maybe not though.

If I have a little spending money some time in the future, and I feel desperate because I don't have a Tdoc, I might atleast try it.

If anyone else has any real experience with it, & wants to share, I'm curious to hear about it.

Thank you

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On 10/27/2015, 7:37:33, HowlingWolf said:

Has anyone ever tried online therapy? I mean where you pay to talk to someone online where they say you can talk everyday if you want? It is the only affordable option I have without waiting for weeks. This would be so convenient, especially getting to talk to someone the day I need to rather than having to wait for an appointment. I tend to panic at times when I feel that something is falling a part, and this would be great to help keep me calm until I find someone else like a friend willing to support me when I need them. My friends are so busy (which is understandable, and they work almost all day everyday). My fiance cannot handle helping me, it stresses him out too much, so I cannot rely on him for support as depressing as that is. 

I do not expect anything amazing from this, but I do want it to be more than only an outlet. As in someone who is actually trained to help someone and will do more than the obvious and basic. 

Anyone have any experiences with it or warnings against it? 

I have never tried it, and probably never will.  BUT, for you, maybe it is a really good option, based on your reasons for wanting to try it, and by talking to someone on a more frequent basis.

I agree with BB about:

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I don't really like the idea of not being able to see each other's body language though, but who knows, maybe that's a good thing.

But I think it is different for everyone.  Some it really works well for, others not so much.

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I would put a "buyer beware" caution on this site.

not all of the providers say they are licensed. What that means is they may have completed school but have not succeeded in applying for or are still in the process of obtaining clinical credentials. This means you have very little protection as a consumer of this service.

also, insurance usually specifies that services must be provided in person unless they specifically say  in the policy that telemedicine for mental health is covered. In addition, ethical on line providers will only provide services for a state in which they are licensed. For the license to be valid, location of the client determines where the services are considered to be provided, not the location of the therapist.

 

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