Even by conservative estimates, one in five adults in the U.S. can benefit from counseling to help them deal with stress, anxiety, and other situations in their lives. Counseling has become more popular and accepted — the walls are coming down! If you’ve ever felt as though you’ve been struggling to overcome a situation but just can’t seem to “get through it,” therapy might be a helpful option.

Working on specific issues

Just deciding that you want to make changes — to improve relationships at home, with friends and loved ones, at work or school — is a great way to start gaining power and perspective in your life.

Here’s an example: The change can be as simple as getting better sleep. Not getting a good night’s sleep can affect your energy level, ability to focus and concentrate, and even your general sense of well-being. A therapist can help determine why you aren’t sleeping well and recommend specific techniques that you can use to modify your sleep.

The personal trainer approach

Having a therapist is a little like having a personal trainer. You work out together once or twice a week to learn exercises, and then practice the exercises on your own for the rest of the week. The next week you check in with your trainer and learn new exercises. Think of therapy as your personal mental coach for specific issues in life that might be tripping you up.

Therapy isn’t intended to last forever. While you can work with a therapist for as long as you want, many people are able to work through a specific issue in as little as three sessions or as many as 12 to 20.

The other great thing about therapy is that it can be helpful not only for people who have a need but also for their family, friends, and even co-workers — the community that can provide support, understanding, and encouragement throughout the process.

Getting convenient, confidential help

We live in an increasingly stressful world, which makes balancing our personal, work, and family lives more difficult than ever. If you’re one of the more than 40 million adults coping with anxiety, depression, or other concern, then all you have to do is take the first step. Connecting with one of Teladoc’s trained, certified therapists and counselors is quick and easy:

  1. Register with our app or website, and complete your medical history
  2. Request a visit and select your therapist
  3. Schedule your appointment and fill out the Emotional Health Questionnaire*

The key to effective therapy is building a trusted relationship with your therapist or counselor. With Teladoc, you can work with the same therapist, by phone** or video, for as long as you want. And you don’t have to worry about confidentiality or convenience because your sessions can be held anywhere that’s comfortable for you, whether you’re at home, in your dorm, or at the office.

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** Phone visits are available depending on your benefits.

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