One of the highlights of my work as a psychologist and mental health blogger is having the opportunity to reach new groups of people with accurate information that can help them improve the quality of their lives, including facts about social anxiety, general anxiety, depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mental health treatment, and more. I’d like to share with you one such opportunity, my recent interview with PsychCentral blogger Tamara Hill, “Dr. Russell Morfitt Discusses Online Counseling for Anxiety.” Tamara is the creator of the PsychCentral blog “Caregivers, Family & Friends: Battling Untreated & Severe Mental Illness” and author of the book “Mental Health in A Failed American System.” The interview came as part of Tamara’s annual Personal Stories Week, which this year features articles from the talented group below, each of whom has been impacted by mental health problems in their own lives. I highly recommend reading their blog posts and visiting their websites. Their stories are powerful and instructive. Connecting with them on FB or Twitter also helps get their message out there.
- Penny Knapp, from Survivors of Suicide Loss in Canada and Remembering Nicholas [Read her blog post]
- Melanie Jimenez, from Understanding Schizophrenia [Read her blog post]
Below is an excerpt from Personal Stories Week: Dr. Russell Morfitt Discusses Online Counseling for Anxiety
How would you feel if you could stay home, open your computer or laptop, and have a therapy session? What about if your therapist offered to speak with you over Skype or some other online platform? Would you feel like a fish out of water or would you very much like to try that experience? What about if your anxiety was so bad that you couldn’t leave your home? For many people suffering from agoraphobia (fear of open places/spaces), panic disorders (panic attacks), or generalized anxiety disorder (anxiety triggered by worry of multiple things), it’s like heaven on earth to do therapy at home in one’s pajamas.
This is one of the reasons why Dr. Russ Morfitt has decided to start his online therapeutic services titled Learn to Live. Dr. Morfitt’s team and I have communicated via Twitter and email quite a few times and most of his teams’ information is geared toward normalizing the experiencing of anxiety, making tools available to people who cannot see him face-to-face, and bringing awareness to the crippling components of anxiety using his website and social media platforms. […]
Read the full interview with Dr. Russ Morfitt, which features information about living with and overcoming social anxiety and other mental health problems through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and especially internet-delivered CBT.