The day I decided to help others by officially becoming a life coach/therapist, being the one in need (ie. the one who actually needs help) was the last thing I thought would happen. Yes, I have had my own battles and up until this point, I thought I had conquered them. But life would have the last laugh, reminding me that my troubles are far from over and the journey to self healing is a consistent one. I recently moved to New York City. I absolutely love it. It is everything I dreamed of and more. The diverse people, cultures, and foods make me feel as if I am living in a “all you can have” life buffet, in which whatever experience I desire is right at my finger tips. The weather has been amazing although, the ridiculous heat waves I was never prepared for, and I landed in a beautiful part of Manhattan, where there are definitely more dogs than people. Life is not bad. But just as my blessings rolled in, so did my fears from the past and even some of the demons I thought I had eliminated. Ironically, I didn’t know I needed help until I got help. It started by me wanting to take advantage of this new opportunity that life had given me, and that included the amazing healthcare I now have access to. So, like anyone who has had inconsistent access to healthcare, I scheduled an appointment with every doctor I could. Which also included a therapist. And, I am so glad that I did. The stress and anxiety I felt from simply moving to a new place were enough to restart the eating disorder I thought was long gone. And while I lay awake wondering if I had made the right move in my life, I feel comforted in knowing I have the assistance I need to heal my troubles again. So, I may walk in one way, blind to my own destructive behavioral patterns (even when trying to help others), I will be coming out another, because not only did I acknowledge I needed help, but I got it.
If you are struggling and need help there is an amazing resource for anyone looking for a healthy and balanced life. The website www.consumersadvocate.org, is lead by a team of writers whose main goal is to spread accurate, useful, and honest information to consumers so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their family. The website has also created a comprehensive guide to the world of online therapy services after vetting 19 companies that are considered to be the “top of the industry.” The companies were analyzed by such criteria as: which ones provided affordable care, offered multiple contact methods with state-licensed therapists, and had a user-friendly interface. Some of these companies include BetterHelp,Talkspace, 7 Cups, and Online-Therapy.com. Check out the organization’s full guide to the best online therapy services here: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/online-therapy. Let’s break down the stigma around mental health and therapy so we can all live a better happy life! And who knows…create a better world.