While it may be easy to find a therapist who can help you cope with your depression or figure out the reasons behind your bad habits, it can be difficult to find a therapist that is solely known for helping people work through their stress. Whether it’s a strangers chat or a qualified therapist, here are some ways that you can find support for stress; even if you’re looking for online therapy free of charge according to BetterHelp and others.
- Using Online Chat Rooms
There is good news and bad news for this section. The good news is that there are hundreds of different chat rooms online that help with mental illnesses and other emotional issues. The bad news is that there are very few, if any, chat rooms that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of those who need help dealing with and managing their stress. However, there are a few places that you can go to. The first that I highly recommend is 7 Cups of Tea. This website trains each of their volunteers to handle each stranger chat with professionalism and to provide you with valuable resources to help you with your problems.
According to Elizabeth York, M.Ed, LPC, LMFT, “Stress has both positive and negative impact on our lives. The hormones released with stress are used to preserve life and limb from harm.”
There is also another website online called Stress Group that is a directory for different chat rooms and resources regarding stress and the effects of it. If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety as a result of your stress, you are going to have a much easier time finding online chat rooms that provide you with support. Online chat rooms, however, are not substitutes for real counseling. If you need immediate help rather than a friendly chat to vent, go to a therapist.
- Seeking Help From Online Therapists
There are advantages and disadvantages to using an online therapist. The benefit of using an online therapist is that you have access to each one that is listed on the web and you have a better chance of finding one who will be able to help you manage your stress. The downside is that this will not be a physical interaction, which may be needed for some people.
Do your research, only seek help from legitimate websites, and be wary of scams. Some things are too good to be true and you may find yourself in a bad situation if you choose to trust a random site or therapist with your personal information and your payment information. Also, do research and the typical cost of online therapy. You don’t want to hire a therapist who costs more than your time is worth.
- Seeking Help From Live Therapists
Seeking help from a live therapist is the most recommended thing on this list. Not only will they be qualified to help you with your stress but you can also guarantee that they are not going to scam you and you will be able to tell whether or not they are the right therapist for you based on how your initial encounter goes.
According to Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, “Therapy also helps clients gain a variety of vital, positive life skills.” Jeffrey Sumber, MA, LCPC also said “Therapy, in its best sense, is a process of unfolding our inherent wisdom that is oftentimes trapped beneath layers of conditioning, fear and reactivity. Our friends are oftentimes either happy for us or afraid for us but typically are not engineering their feedback to support long-term growth and change.”
Again, the most important thing that you need to do is your research. Don’t walk into a therapist’s office without knowing what they treat and how they go about treating it. You may also want to consider therapists who are not only experienced with treating people who have enormous amounts of stress. Some therapists may be known for their treatment in a different area but who can also treat those with stress issues if they choose to come in. Contact each therapist in your region until you find one who can help you with your problems. If there are none in your area, which may be a possibility, consider traveling farther or seeking help online.