Counseling and Therapy: Finding Emotional Support on the Web
Life's events can occasionally lead to an array of complicated feelings and emotions. Sometimes we're able to sort out these feelings ourselves, or with the help of family or friends. Other times, it might be necessary to talk to a trained counselor or therapist who can help us get to the root of our difficulties. If you or someone you know needs this specialized assistance, the Web sites in this guide can point you in the right direction.
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A variety of counseling/therapy options exist today and the help you choose depends primarily on your needs and preferences. The following Web sites teach you about some of the options available to those who need someone to talk to.
- Remember to be patient in your search for a mental health provider, whether you're looking on the Web or speaking with another physician for recommendations on professional assistance. Choosing someone to help you with your problems is a big decision and it's not one you want to make hastily.
- Online counseling (also known as "e-therapy") is a growing trend among mental health providers. If you don't have access to suitable mental health resources in your area, or you'd prefer to speak with a professional located in another area, it's possible to find a therapist or counselor who would be willing to visit with you online or via telephone.
- If you're interested in online counseling, check on a therapist's Web site to see if this option is available with that particular professional.
For marriage counselors …
here presents “Marriage counseling: Working through relationship problems,” an article that discusses what marriage counseling is, who can benefit from marriage counseling, and how to choose a marriage counselor. The article links to other topics such as addressing family conflicts, and the types of mental health providers available.
introduces psychotherapy, and relationship and marriage counseling, pointing out the differences and discussing the many types of therapy approaches. Scroll down this lengthy article to read sections devoted to couples, group therapy, telephone and online counseling.
The National Board for Certified Counselors
is an independent, not-for-profit body that certifies counselors who meet its standards for training, experience, and performance on a standard exam. The NBCC has credentialed 42,000 counselors across the country, and its examinations are used by many states for their own credentialing practices. The NBCC maintains a directory of certified counselors, searchable by specialty and city or state.
For family counseling resources …
Rochester Marriage Counseling
includes advice on stepfamilies, parent-child relationships, coping with divorce, marriage, and other issues affecting families. Also look for information on ADHD and facts on anxiety and depression, anger management, and stress.
The Stepfamily Foundation
is dedicated to helping stepfamilies make their new family structure work. The “Articles and Resources” section is loaded with helpful articles for specific family members (moms and dads, grandparents and children) as well as advice on how to navigate holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Looking for a counselor in your area? The site offers a directory
of counselors and coaches in the United States and several other countries.
For group therapy resources …
has published an overview of group therapy, its benefits, what you can expect in group therapy, and how to tell if you might be a good candidate for this type of therapy.
For online counseling/e-therapy …
ABC's of "Internet Therapy"
found on metanoia.org, an online therapy site hosted by Psych Central, explains what you should know about seeking online therapy. This site helps you determine whether e-therapy will work for you, how to protect yourself from scam artists, and how to compare e-therapist qualifications.
explains the advantages, disadvantages, and safety issues related to online counseling. This article is a few years old but much of the content is still pertinent.
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