This post is sponsored by TranQool. As always, all opinions are my own.
1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness sometime in their lives. That’s a pretty high number, and it makes me wonder how many people actually seek help. Mental health has never been a popular topic amongst my friends, and I get it – it’s kind of uncomfortable to talk about.
I’ve written posts on how to deal with your negative thoughts and how blogging helps my anxiety, but the truth is, sometimes it’s best to talk to a professional. Last year, when my anxiety was at its worst, I wanted to see a therapist, but I had no idea on how to go about finding one.
TranQool is a platform that allows you to have online video therapy from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re battling depression, suffering from anxiety, or even dealing with stress, TranQool’s therapists can help you out. If I’d known about TranQool last year, it definitely would have helped me.
I had my first session last week with my therapist, Vera, and she was so kind and helpful. We mainly talked about my social anxiety, and it honestly felt like she knew me. When I told her things about my life, she could tell exactly what my personality was like and she gave me tips on how to improve my well-being. As someone who’s always been very shy, video therapy made me feel very comfortable.
I’ve been trying to implement Vera’s tips in my daily life, and it really has been helping. I go through periods where my anxiety gets bad, but I’m really happy to know that I have TranQool to turn to when things get really ugly.
So, how can you get started with TranQool? These are the steps:
1. Sign up and get matched
The first step is answering a quick questionnaire so you can get matched with your perfect therapist. It only takes a few minutes!
2. Book a session
No waitlists here – you can book a session for early as the next day! Simply select a therapist from your matches, and find a time in their schedule that works for you. If there isn’t one, you can request that time through email.
3. Have your video therapy session
It all happens on the TranQool platform – you can access it through your web browser or android phone. It’s completely secure, and you don’t even have to show yourself on camera if you don’t feel comfortable.
4. Get reimbursed
After your therapy session, you’ll receive an email with your receipt, which you can submit to your insurance company (if you have one).
All TranQool therapists are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or the College of Psychologists (CPO). The sessions cost $90 for social workers and $140 for psychologists, which is much more affordable than visiting a mental health clinic. You can also book sessions immediately on TranQool, while mental health clinics can have a waitlist as long as even 6 months!
At the moment, TranQool therapists are licensed in Ontario and can provide therapy in Ontario. If you’re an Ontario resident but are traveling out of the province or country, you can still use the platform. If you’re not an Ontario resident, don’t fret – TranQool will be launching outside of Ontario soon!
For more information on TranQool, please visit their website or call them at (888) 365-4935.
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