Safely navigating life's challenges together

Online Counseling to Help with Depression

I was on the phone with my mentor, telling him how great I was feeling — that I had made it to the “other side” of a depressive episode that had lasted years and cost me a six-week stay in a psychiatric hospital.

When I stopped chattering, my mentor said, “Be careful. Your depression could always come back.”

He wasn’t being mean or trying to rain on my parade — he said it because it’s true, and he wants me to be wary.

I have major depressive disorder, along with generalized anxiety disorder, persistent depressive disorder, avoidant personality disorder and binge eating disorder. None of these are easy to treat, especially my depression.

Understanding Major Depressive Disorder

I often find myself worrying about the likelihood of relapse. With major depressive disorder, I experience episodes, meaning I’m not depressed all the time. An episode is defined as a period of two weeks or more where you experience at least five symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, including a depressed mood, loss of interest in activities, sleep disturbance, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and suicidal ideation. (However, this is not a comprehensive list).

According to the American Psychiatric Association, major depressive disorder is highly recurrent; symptoms return for at least 50% of those who recover from a first episode of depression. Approximately 80% of those with a history of two episodes will have another recurrence. One study found that, on average, individuals with a history of depression will have five to nine separate episodes in their lifetimes.

Addressing My Symptoms And My Fears

I’ve already had at least two depressive episodes since I was formally diagnosed at 19 years old. I’d like to think I’ll be “ready” should an episode come my way, but I panic now even if I have a bad day.

“Do I need to call my psychiatrist?”
“Maybe I should change my medications.”
“I’m going to go on low battery mode.”

And so on.

I’m always walking a tight rope. Even though I feel great now — and have for months — I still have to be extremely careful. I need to get enough sleep — not too much or too little. I must take my pills at the same time, twice a day, every day, and keep up with the refills. I have to follow a healthy diet, drink tons of water and avoid any triggers, like violent or sad TV shows and books. I avoid napping during the day. I remain active. I don’t drink alcohol and try to steer clear of stressful situations. I stick to a daily routine and structure as much as I can. While these measures might seem like “normal,” responsible behavior, they are more than that — they are lifesaving. If I “break the rules,” I become emotional, impatient and irritable. I lose control of myself, and my thoughts go to a dark and negative place.

Embracing The Journey

This is the major challenge of having several mental health conditions; sometimes, it can feel like negative thoughts are always waiting to slip through a crack and infiltrate your mind. At first, the thoughts and symptoms can be more subtle — I stop showering as much, then I take long naps during the day. I skip a day of brushing my teeth. But once my illness has me in its grip, it can be relentless and painful. I lose hope. I isolate. I give in to the darkness, losing my grip on the tight rope.

Another challenge is battling shame and self-blame. Often, I wonder, “Shouldn’t I be stronger now? Didn’t I already crawl back from the pits of hell? I have grit. I have coping skills and an amazing support system.” But I have learned to ignore that little voice in my head telling me I “should be” better or that I’m unworthy.

It has been a long journey. I’ve spent the past four years working on myself, and it’s been challenging. I’ve had bad days, even horrible ones, but I’ve kept going, and now I’m living my best life. I made that happen, with the help of my support group, therapist and medication.

And here I am now — voluntarily getting up at 5:00 am every morning. I take my kids to school and pick them up. I shower and brush my teeth daily. I have a column on mental health in the local newspaper, and I’m the communications manager for NAMI Greater Corpus Christi. I have found the right support, treatment and purpose.

I want to help others because I felt so alone in my journey, and it literally could’ve killed me. I want to lend my voice to those who can’t use theirs.

I understand that I have a mental illness, and that it’s never going away. That’s hard to accept, but even though the odds are stacked against me, I’m still betting on myself.

Ready to get started?

We offer comprehensive online mental health treatment options to meet all your needs.

Online Therapy

Ongoing support from a licensed provider.

Get Started

Couples Therapy

Relationship-centered counseling that connects you and your partner.

Get Started

Teen Therapy

Specialized counseling for teens between the ages of 13-17.

Get Started

How helpingtalks works

brief assessment mental health

1. Fill in our contact form

Let us know what you want to talk about? We’re here to listen to you!

match counselor therapist

2. Personalized match

We’ll find the best counselor for you (within 48 hours) who will send you a message.

Online Counseling Services

3. Chat with your listener

Have a short introductory video call with your assigned counselor.

Online Mental Health Care

4. Get better

Start the journey towards a happier you.

Get Started
mental health therapist 1

Benefits of helpingtalks counseling

Eliminate commute time and scheduling hassles

Flexible plans to meet your needs and lifestyle

Seamlessly switch providers, at no extra cost

Save money while receiving high-quality care

We are ready to listen to you

Tell us why you’re looking for help today or what type of service you are looking for?

I feel anxious or panicky

I’m having trouble in my relationship

I’m grieving over a traumatic experience

I’m having trouble sleeping

I struggle with addiction or substance abuse

I feel down or depressed

I’m stressed about work or school

I want to improve my self-esteem

I want to improve my mental health

I have trouble eating properly

I want to better control my anger

I want to talk about a chronic illness.

I am having mood swings

I have a conflict or problem in the family

I want to talk about LGBTQIA+

I often feel lonely, even among others

I want to talk about something else

Request to be contacted

Not sure how to get started? Fill in your information below and one of our team will be in touch soon.


Professional, licensed counselors who you can trust

Our network of counselors & therapists cover a range of specialties to meet your specific needs. They are ready to listen to you so get matched today!

mental health therapists counselors

Are you a provider? Join our network

Give the gift of a Helpingtalks membership

Therapy is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give to your friends and loved ones.

Get Started
gift therapy membership

Mental health made for everyone.

Discover counseling experiences from people all over the world who took the journey to improve their mental health with and share your own story to help break the stigma.


Awarded Mental Health Counseling
100% online, in collaboration with

mmia mental health
health institute counseling
AMSA American Medical Student Association Logo
therapist grief relationship couples
etherapy online

helpingtalks for Business

We partner with employers, health plans, and schools to make mental healthcare & counseling more available and affordable.

Workplace Counseling

Offering a listening ear and fundamental health support to employees worldwide.

cigna health mental care
expedia counseling
employee counseling
employee therapy mental health

Clinically proven counseling results

Helpingtalks vs. face-to-face therapy


found HelpingTalks to be as effective or more effective than traditional therapy.


found HelpingTalks to be more convenient than traditional therapy.

Sources: Journal of Telemedicine e-Health

Proven Work & School Benefits

Helpingtalks reduces stress & anxiety


After 12 weeks, employees reported feeling more energized, productive, and engaged.


increase in productivity, +39% work life balance & 50% less work hours missed!

Source: Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science

Online Counseling Services offers certified and licensed counselors for a variety of virtual & online counseling services, browse our categories below. We look forward to hearing from you!


Relationship Counseling

Couples Counseling

Family Counseling

Divorce Counseling

LGBTQIA+ Counseling


Domestic Abuse Counseling

Emotional Abuse Counseling

Narcissistic Abuse Therapy

Sexual Abuse Counseling


Bereavement Counseling

Grief Counseling

Grief and Loss Counseling

Pet Loss Grief Counseling

Pet Loss Grief Support


Marriage Counseling

Marital Counseling

Premarital Counseling

Pre Marriage Counseling

Anxiety & Stress

Anxiety Counseling

Stress Counseling

Self Growth

Mental Health Counseling

Confidence Counseling

Self Esteem Counseling


ADHD Counseling

Borderline Personality Disorder Counseling

Chronic Illness Counseling

OCD Counseling


Trauma Counseling

PTSD Counseling

Rape Counseling


Alcohol Counseling

Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Porn Addiction Counseling

Sex Addiction Counseling

Food Addiction

Food Addiction Counseling

Eating Disorder Counseling

Drug Addiction

Drug Counseling

Substance Abuse Counseling

Kids & Teens

Counseling for Teens

Counseling for Kids

Child Counseling

Teen Counseling


Sleep Therapy


Therapy For Depression


Anger Management Counseling

School & Career

Career Counseling

School Counseling




New York (NYC) – USA
Vancouver Canada


About Us
Our Counselors
Our Therapists
Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Terms of use


Share Your Story
User Reviews
Gift Membership

For Business

Helpingtalks for business