Gerald was one of those guys from an older generation that considered going to a “head shrinker” as something that was for people who were weak or “crazy.” But a year after his wife died, Gerald began to realize that he was not the “tough guy” he thought he was.
He was struggling with grief and loneliness. Sure, everyone around him tried to say all the rights things like, “time heals all wounds.” But it was becoming increasingly apparent to Gerald that time wasn’t his friend. As each month went by and the pain of missing his wife grew worse, he was considering desperate measures.
It was Gerald’s son, David, who suggested he try an online therapy program called Talkspace. David had just been through his own struggle with addiction to prescription pain medications. David told his dad that Talkspace has been a “lifesaver” for him. He also assured his dad that it was completely anonymous. No one would ever know he was using a “headshrinker.”
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Gerald didn’t even have to give his real name if he didn’t want to. He finally relented. With the help of David, he signed up for Talkspace. Although not computer savvy, Gerald discovered that using Talkspace was about as easy as navigating Facebook. Talkspace matched him with a mental health professional that specialized in grief therapy.
His first session consisted of about an hour of exchanging texts with his therapist. Finally, just having someone to talk to without judgment or the stigma of sitting in a “shrink’s office” was tremendously soothing for Gerald. At the same time, opening up about his feelings seemed to make them worse, at first. Gerald had been holding on to a lot of grief. He needed careful guidance to begin his journey back to finding meaning and joy in life.
But once that first step was taken, Gerald’s healing process had begun. He still had a long way to go, but Talkspace was always right there at his fingertips to help him along the way.
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