Frequently Asked Questions About Loneliness And Online Counseling

I was a lonely girl while growing up. My parents were the best providers globally, and I was lucky to get every material object I ever wanted. However, they rarely had time to spend the day with me because of their jobs and just chilled at home. I often had to stay with a babysitter or my grandparents since they would not let me be alone in the house for more than a few hours.

When I became a teenager, it seemed like a cue for my mother and father to take on more prominent roles in their respective jobs. Mom became a senior real estate broker, while Dad got an executive position in a fast-growing construction company.

While our wealth grew significantly, and my parents managed to build a massive house in a grape vineyard they bought at Napa County, I felt lonelier than ever. After all, it meant that I had to leave Sacramento and move to a new school before entering 10th grade. I dreaded the latter the most, considering I would stick out like a sore thumb in a sea of kids who had probably known each other forever. Not to mention, I was too old for a babysitter, so I would have to fend for myself on days that my parents were busy (and that’s all the time).

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My life revolved around school and the vineyard up until high school. I eventually found a few friends at my new school, but I never felt like I genuinely belonged there, so I looked forward to moving to New Haven, Connecticut, to study Law at Yale University. The decision to leave California came easy, given that I was not tethered to anything or anyone there. I might also put my parents’ money to fair use and go to one of the most expensive universities in the country.

Finding Love And Happiness

The thing was, I did not only find peace in Connecticut. I also found my soulmate there. His name was Chad. He was seven years older than me and was in the process of earning his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineer when we met. Besides studying, he also held a lucrative job in a power plant, so it was an understatement to say that Chad could give anyone he decided to marry a comfortable life.

Chad and I got the surprise of our lives when I became pregnant in my third year in college. I honestly felt scared to tell him initially, considering we had not talked about marriage and family. I was also afraid to let my parents know about it. Although they made me feel lonely my entire life, I still did not want to disappoint them. But then, it turned out that Chad wanted to propose to me on my graduation day, and the pregnancy merely worked in his favor. After meeting my parents and formally asking for my hand, we tied the knot at my family’s vineyard and began a new chapter of our lives as a married couple.

When Loneliness Came Back

I forgot what it felt like to be lonely for two decades since my only daughter arrived. I finally understood what other mothers said about kids completing them because that’s what happened to me. I dedicated my life to looking after her and taking consultancy jobs on the side. More importantly, I found an excellent partner in Chad, who allowed me to stay home more often as he provided for our little family.

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However, loneliness crept back in my life once more when my daughter announced that she would attend Harvard, not Yale, closer to home. I could not ask Chad to relocate, considering his job was in Connecticut. At the same time, I could not leave the man I loved, no matter how much I wanted to be with my grown-up daughter. In the end, we only visited her three times a year, and she promised to come home during the holidays.

When my husband found me crying in our room one day because I missed our daughter, though, he said, “Please don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s time for you to see a counselor. It pains me to see how lonely you feel when you’re all by yourself here.”

That’s when I decided to try online counseling.

Can I talk to a counselor online for free? 

 7 Cups of Tea has a free plan to talk to an online counselor for free.

What is the best online counseling service? 

 Talkspace is the best overall online counseling service provider, according to VeryWell Mind.

What is online counseling called? 

  • Online therapy
  • E-counseling
  • Teletherapy

Is online counseling effective? 

 Yes, online counseling is effective for depression and anxiety disorders. However, it may not be sufficient for more severe conditions.

Which is better, BetterHelp or Talkspace? 

 It depends on your preference and budget, to be honest. If you seek a more affordable platform that does not have a live video feature, Talkspace is a better option for you. But if money is not an issue at all, and you wish to meet your online therapist, BetterHelp is a more suitable choice.

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Does insurance pay for online counseling? 

 Technically, no. However, some states have parity laws that help patients reimburse their online counseling fees through insurance companies. It will be best to ask your insurance provider about it.

Is online therapy cheaper? 

 Yes, online therapy is cheaper than traditional therapy.

Are phone sessions considered telehealth? 

 Yes.

How do I start telehealth therapy? 

 Before you start offering telehealth therapy, you should determine if you can use your license in other states. If the answer does not seem clear to you, it is always an excellent idea to talk to a lawyer about it. At the same time, you need to think about the HIPAA guidelines and ensure that you can follow all of them.

How can I do a telehealth session? 

  • When your goal is to provide telehealth, you should understand the local regulations regarding the matter. For instance, is there a parity law that governs your state? How will payment reimbursement work? What insurance companies can cover telemedicine?
  • Once you cover the basics, you need to plan how and when you’ll do a telehealth session. Doing so allows you to schedule appointments properly and still have time for yourself.
  • Though the session does not occur in person, it’s essential to set up your office. That is especially true if you expect to video chat with clients once in a while. Your place cannot be noisy and messy if you want your clients to take you seriously.
  • Your laptop, internet, and other gadgets should be up to date, too. A slow connection reduces mental help’s effectiveness.
  • After a few tests run, spread the word about your telehealth practice.
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Final Thoughts

Talking to an online counselor helped me to cope with my loneliness. I started being more productive and taking on more consultancy jobs. I also made peace because my daughter was an adult with a life of her own, and I could only support her dreams from the sideline. That made me feel less lonely every day.