If you’re like me and have moved around a lot, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find a stable therapist. Here’s my experience using Betterhelp as an expat living in Germany, and why I think you should try it out for yourself.
Although Instagram can make the digital nomad or expat life seem like a dream come true, there are still a lot of stresses and strains that can have a big impact on our mental health. I’ve spoken about my experience trying to find therapy on the road here.
From visa troubles to feeling detached from family and your homeland to trying to navigate a new culture with new rules, it can be a lot.
That’s why online therapy, such as BetterHelp Deutschland, can be a real lifesaver for expats, especially for me as an expat living in Germany.
Although Germany has a great healthcare service, waiting times for therapy can be super long and if you’re from a different culture, like I am, it can be difficult to find a local therapist that understands where you’re coming from.
Obviously, when you’re choosing a therapist it’s important that you feel safe and heard by them as well as understood, otherwise, the partnership just isn’t going to work for either party.
BetterHelp is great for this because it has a series of screening questions when you sign up, asking you what you’re looking for in a therapist. It only takes two minutes to complete and asks questions including:
- My age, gender, and sexual orientation
- What my relationship and religious status is
- Where or not I’ve done therapy before
- My current physical and mental health status
- And whether or not I’ve dealt with current or past symptoms of depression, anxiety, alcoholism, etc.
It also lets you choose what preferences you have for a counselor, whether that’s based on gender, sexual orientation, race, language, religious background, age, and more. It really helps tailor the entire experience to you specifically.
When you’re in a Western European country like Germany, it’s pretty difficult to find someone qualified from a Latinx background to help me manage my mental well-being.
With BetterHelp being completely online, I can access it anywhere, at any time, whenever I need it, and know that my therapist on the other end understands my story and where I am coming from.
You can chat with your therapist via messages, live chat, phone calls, or as a video call, making it a really accessible option, perfect for if you’re on the go.
It’s also a really convenient option not only if you’re an expat living in a different country or on the move a lot, but even if you just live outside of a major city, or somewhere with super long wait lists.
When we’re moving to another country, especially if we’re leaving family and friends behind, it can feel really isolating, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone.
It’s reassuring to know that there’s someone qualified who’s just a couple of taps away and who knows what you’re going through and how to help you through it.
The cost of therapy through BetterHelp ranges from $60 to $90 per week (this is billed every 4 weeks) and it is based on your location, preferences, and therapist availability you can cancel at any time.
When you consider that you have access to a therapist wherever you are at any time, this is super reasonable compared with private one-to-one therapy sessions.
You’ve got to think about this as an investment in yourself, the same way you’d look after your physical health with annual checkups and paying for health insurance. Remember, you’re not alone and there is help and support out there, no matter where you find yourself.