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Your headspace and emotional wellbeing are two aspects of your health that should not be ignored. These two unseen parts of who you are influencing a lot if not all, that goes on in your day. Thankfully, Airtasker makes it easier to find a therapist that you can trust.

Asking friends or neighbours to recommend a therapist near you can be awkward or uncomfortable. Going through online websites can leave you more confused than how you started. Airtasker can provide a faster and less intimidating way of signing up for counselling services.

Speaking to a counsellor is not limited to people with depression or anxiety. This is a healthy way of coping with grief, sorting through a big life decision or even just becoming a more emotionally stable version of yourself. To begin your therapy sessions, select that pink "Post a Task" button, indicate what kind of therapist you are looking for, and wait for offers to come in from the Taskers in your area.

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Top Counselling & Therapy related questions

Do I need a doctor’s recommendation to go to counselling?

No, you don’t. While some doctors recommend counselling for those dealing with an injury, a disability or an addiction, a recommendation is not required for anyone to seek counselling and therapy. Every person has emotions just like you, and having a therapist that you trust can help deal with your moods and thoughts better. If you feel like you will benefit from having a professional to talk to, put up a task.

Am I allowed to choose a therapist based on preference?

Yes. While all therapists go through training before giving professional counselling services, not everyone may be the right fit for you. Effective therapy is primarily founded on trust and openness. If you would rather speak with a counsellor of the same sex or the same ethnicity, that is possible. Indicate these preferences when you put up a task, so Taskers can immediately see if they qualify.

Until when do I have to go to therapy?

There is no time limit to the number of sessions that you need. Some people schedule appointments until they feel better or only as the need arises. Meanwhile, a big percentage of patients regularly have talk therapy as part of maintaining their mental and emotional health. It depends on your needs because therapy is different for everyone.

Are therapists and counsellors required to keep my information a secret?

Yes. Therapists and counsellors go through training and certification before they are allowed to accept patients or clients. Regulatory bodies license those with medical backgrounds. They are taught the value of confidentiality. They are forbidden to disclose confidential information from their records, such as name, address, diagnosis, and the like.

Am I allowed to be friends with my therapist?

Many experts consider this unethical and complicated because being friends or relatives will make it difficult for both of you to be objective during therapy. While a therapist becomes privy to your thoughts and feelings, they cannot cross the boundary of a therapist-patient connection and develop any other kind of relationships with you or their other clients.

How often should I see my therapist?

At the start, it may be best to schedule therapy once a week to get the most benefits of the counselling. From there, transitioning to twice and once a month may be recommended by your therapist. Increasing the frequency, if needed, is also possible. This is dependent on your condition and progress. It is also common to take time to open up or apply what needs to be done for holistic therapy.

What do counselling services include?

A lot of stigma surrounds counselling and therapy services. However, you may not know about or realise many kinds of private therapy would benefit you or a loved one. Here are a few that you may be interested in:

Talk therapy

Talk therapy is a lighter, more common name for psychotherapy. According to medical practitioners, talk therapy is best complemented with medication if there are existing mental health problems, such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety or PTSD. However, it is also fine to have therapy sessions without medication or a diagnosis. Should your health professional see the need for this, it can be discussed between you privately as this is different for every individual. 

Holistic therapy

Holistic therapy is focused on bringing healing to you by improving your overall health, including the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your being. For example, your therapist may ask you to practise faith-based activities, exercise regularly, attend counselling and reconcile with an estranged loved one. All these involve a holistic approach to help you cope with your feelings better in the long run.

Group therapy

If private counselling is not for you, group therapy is also available. This is common for people going through shared experiences like a common traumatic experience, loss of a loved one, and similar addictions. Group therapy offers a support system aside from your family and friends. It can also instil accountability because there are people who hear about your progress. Hearing about the experience, including the lows and the highs, may also help another see the bigger picture.

Online counselling

Going through counselling online is no longer impossible or rare. With telemedicine rising and digital privacy measures, many therapists offer telephone counselling for those who prefer being in their own space or simply cannot go to the clinic. This requires a stable internet connection and an area in one’s home where one can be comfortable to talk about their feelings.

Couples therapy

Therapy can help strengthen a relationship or help cross a tough patch. Many professional relationship coaches can work with you and your partner towards resolving your issues and forging a stronger bond. These sessions can include role-playing, writing letters to each other, gratitude activities, and trust challenges. If you and your significant other follow a religion or a lifestyle, you can indicate this when you put up a task on our platform. This can make finding the right counselling near you faster.