Online therapy for the busy woman
We've all got that friend who uses the lack of time or money as an excuse to not go into therapy. Or maybe we are that friend. Regardless, we/they have a point: Life is busy and it's hard to devote energy to mental well-being.
Enter Pretty Padded Room, a new, women-only website that facilitates online video- or chat-therapist sessions (on your own schedule) with licensed female counselors. The whole therapy-by-internet thing might sound impersonal, but Pretty Padded Room makes the experience feel intimate and legit.
Choose from five licensed counselors--all ACA-affiliated and each with a different specialty (dreams, body image, stress management, new mothers' issues, etc.). Next, try out the service with a free 30-minute session, where you'll go over all the standard first-time stuff and make sure the therapist is someone you feel comfortable talking to.
Then sign up for a basic membership ($100 per month for four 30-minute sessions), bonus membership ($150 for 45 minutes) or a "digital diary" plan ($50 a month) that gets you three journal consults with the counselor of your choice.
It's not a replacement for long-term, face-to-face therapy, but it is a great alternative for anyone pressed for time and looking for introspection.