A cold, hard fact of life: People can’t always choose when they need help for their personal problems. They can’t always wait for their next therapy appointment in six days, and they can't always afford the high cost of an in-office consolation.
Now there is a new website where people can log on and talk to professional therapists at any time of the day or night.
is an online platform where people can benefit from instant, affordable and confidential sessions with licensed professionals. Visitors can pick from a therapy directory -- with more than 30,000 entries -- that details each therapist's background, area of expertise and treatment philosophy.
“Based on the initial response we're getting, our users love the service and our therapists say this online tool helps them help a great deal of people,” said TherapyHub.com CEO Vic Belonogoff.
Users who visit TherapyHub.com
can get help for a wide range of problems, from sexual issues to phobias to men’s or women’s issues. Prices start as low as $1-per minute to chat with a professional. There is no time or cost minimum. TherapyHub.com is quick to point out: If all you need is an eight-minute session, that's all you need. In addition, it is free to submit a question to the “Ask a Therapist” section.
It’s all part of TherapyHub.com’s belief that people shouldn’t be rushed into payment. Rather, Belonogoff said, "users should be free to find a good fit for them personally so they feel good about coming back."
Before individuals pick a therapist, they can read reviews left by other users to make sure that a particular professional will suit their needs. They can also engage in an initial text chat before any charges begin.
“We're presenting a platform that will enable people to get the help they need in a quick, efficient and private manner,” Belonogoff said. “This is a fresh new alternative to the rigid 50-minute sessions where doctors will literally cut you off in mid sentence. People can jump on for 20 minutes, as often as they'd like -- whenever they feel the need to speak to a counselor.”
A natural question to ask is whether online therapy can be effective. The site writes:
Over 15 years of research confirm that Online Therapy may be just as effective as in–person treatment. This is especially true where much of the treatment involves communication between a therapist and a client.
For people who do not have the time or perhaps, more importantly, the money to seek traditional therapy, online counseling may be the thing for them. Now thanks to TherapyHub.com that option is available.