Relationship issues during Covid-19 – free vs paid online counselling

This is article 5 of a 5 part series on dealing with mental health and relationship issues during Covid-19 in partnership with ReGain. You can check out all of the articles in the series by going to the links at the bottom of this post.

In this series we have discussed some of the aspects of relationship issues that may have arisen because of Covid-19. From knowing what to do when issues have come to light to realising that your relationship is well and truly over. For the final post in the series we want to discuss the options when it comes to getting online counselling.

Online counselling can be beneficial in many ways. It gives you flexibility and privacy to get help on your schedule and your terms. You can seek marital or relationship counselling or counselling for any other mental health issues. It’s great really, but what do you do when you’re bombarded with options between free and paid online counselling?

This article has a lot of useful information about marriage counselling and you should check it out. But for now, let’s discuss the options a bit more.

Free vs paid online counselling

If you scour the web you’re bound to find a lot of information to help you through your marital or relationship issues. That’s one of the great things about the internet, really. There is so much info available at your fingertips! We write about a lot of topics that we know will be helpful for many, but there is a big difference between reading articles that will help guide you in your search for knowledge and actually getting professional help.

When is free counselling beneficial?

Free counselling can be a beneficial resource when you find yourself stuck in the overwhelm of your relationship deteriorating. It’s a great asset to have if you need advice on knowing what resources are available, where to go for help, and the very basics of getting started on that journey.

Free counselling is usually a community service provided at church and in support groups. And while they are good resources to have, they shouldn’t be a substitute for professional and licensed counselling and therapy. Many of the providers aren’t licensed, and whilst that is fine in time of crisis it isn’t the best way to move forward and find the help you really need.

Why use a paid online counselling service?

Online counselling isn’t exclusive to marriage. There are many online counselling services available for people and all of their different issues. The best thing to do is research one that will be beneficial to you and your specific circumstances.

One of the benefits of paid online counselling is that you are dealing with someone who is licensed. That’s really one of the biggest draws. The experience is like being in a brick and mortar counselling office and session. But all at the convenience of being remote and at a more affordable cost, too.

Dealing with a fully licensed therapist gives you the confidence to know that you are making the most of the investment in yourself and your relationship. And opting for a reputable site can also help in your journey to self-improvement and the improvement of your relationships.

We hope this series has proven helpful and has given you some insight into how to help yourself through this Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

If you enjoyed this post check out the rest of the posts in the series:

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