Could spilling my guts to faceless strangers on an online message board or chat room possibly compare to "real" therapy? Paul Hokemeyer, a NYC-based addictions and family therapist, is dubious.
"Therapy that changes people's lives is a nuanced process," he says.
There's no health coverage for it, no medication, and for those trapped in its strange and unrelenting spell, no easy way out.
SEX ADDICTION— diagnosing it, treating it, portraying it on-screen—is big business.
Because you will be receiving the email from an address that is currently unknown to your email account you may want to check your Junk’ or Spam’ folder if you haven’t received the email after 48 hours.
Although many don’t realize it, thousands of people are abused and neglected everyday, often by the people who are closest to them like family, friends, sitters, neighbors, teachers, and coaches. The Hotline counselor will not tape the telephone conversation or ask for your name (unless you ask to have literature mailed to you).
Worse, you can get a potential high from every person you meet.
But unlike other addictions, this one isn't officially recognized.
Therapy has become a customary part of my self-care song-and-dance, despite the sad truth that I haven't seen tons of progress when it comes to my struggles with depression, relationships, et al.
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"The dialogue that occurs online is much more shallow and transient.
It's like comparing an artificial sweetener to honey, or instant coffee to slow-brewed." I suspected as much, but I wanted to see for myself.1.
The conversation is free, confidential and non-judgemental.
You can keep talking to your mentor as long as you like and there is never a fee.
Frankly, all those aforementioned deep-seated issues are still very much alive and kicking, therapy be damned.
So when I heard about free "Internet therapy" websites, I was curious.
All of a sudden, "sexybaby69" began leaving footprints all over the web for anyone who wanted to follow them.
In 2004, Zuckerberg made "real identity" the core of the Facebook offering.