January 27, 2017
Beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living the best life possible—no matter what challenges you may be facing. Unfortunately today, many people seem to have trouble with the monetary costs of therapy.
It’s no secret that therapy can cost a pretty penny, but due to the world wide web and amazing volunteers, you can seek alternative methods to therapy, and still see improvements in yourself and your loved ones. So what are some of these alternatives I speak of?
7 Cups of Tea (7cups.com): 7 Cups of Tea was founded in July of 2013 by Glen Moriarty, a licensed psychologist. As of 2017, 7 Cups of Tea provides ordinary people from over 150 countries and 130 languages a safe, supportive atmosphere to talk either one on one with a trained listener, or in a group setting with other people with similar stories. All of this for free.
7 Cups also provides you the option to connect with a licensed therapist, for $150 a month, with a 3-day trial.
Listeners are kind Trained Peer Specialists who are anonymous users and have experienced issues of their own. They have been through health improvement programs, and have been through peer support training. They’re here because they want to help us make the world a better place, while gaining real-world skills and rewards for doing so!
I’m Alive (imalive.org): IMAlive is an online crisis center which is part of the Hopeline Network, the first online crisis service with 100% of its volunteers trained in crisis intervention. Their goal is to use the Internet to provide crisis intervention and empower them to take the necessary next steps to address their situation.
Volunteers of the National Hopeline Network have answered over 7 million people with subjects regarding;
----> Mental Health Crisis;
----> Family Difficulties;
----> Physical Health Related;
----> Crime and Violence Trauma;
----> And more.
What is the difference between Peer Support and Therapy?
Peer Support is a structured relationship in which people communicate in order to provide or exchange emotional support with others facing similar challenges. Peer Support alone is sometimes mistaken for therapy but it is not the same thing.
Therapy is conducted by a trained medical professional that employs evidence-based procedures to help a person change their behavior. Both peer support and therapy each play a different, yet important, role in the overall well being of an individual.
Written by 7 Cups LIstener: TheThomas