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Why Telephone Counseling Could Be The Missing Link To Your Mental Health

When in person counseling becomes an avenue that you're unable to take because of the pandemic, there are still options available to all of us that are worth looking into. It could make all the difference in the world.
Sometimes when life becomes a bit overwhelming, I like to call up my mom or a friend and talk about it. There are a few key people in my life that I know I can turn to no matter what. I suppose, in a way, these people have been providing telephone counseling for many years, without getting paid! It is my honor to do the same for them as well. That's part of what makes humankind special and unique. We have the unique ability to feel empathy and sympathy. 

One of my careers (pre-kids) that I especially loved was being a school guidance counselor. The administrative tasks were tolerated but the counseling aspect is what I lived for. Being able to help young people navigate their problems is something I love to be a part of. One thing I noticed while in that role is the need of the parent to call and discuss their child with me. Often times, a parent would just need a listening ear and would sometimes ask for advice as well. I did not always have the parent in front of me, but even being on the phone provided the connection that was needed to work together to solve an issue. 

You may think that telephone counseling will not be as effective as in-person counseling and for some that could be true, but I believe in this form of counseling. Did you know that you can actually subscribe to text or email counseling services for quite a small fee? We all spend countless hours on our cell phones and laptops. Imagine the ease at which you could have a personal question discussed with a counselor by shooting a text. 

Here is a great article from BetterHelp where you can read more about the benefits of telephone counseling and find out if it may be the right fit for you. Sometimes there is a stigma attached to going to see a therapist and while there shouldn't be and I find that stigma to be dissipating, some are still weary to do so. 

Having a licensed counselor just a text away may be the next best thing for you to maintain your mental well being. I hope you will make your mental health a priority, especially during these uncertain times that we are living in. Please take care of your mind, your body and your spirit and know that you are not alone and there is help available to you!


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