Calmerry Review – Forbes Health


As a veteran of therapy (in-person and online, individual and group, individual and couples), I approached Calmerry with a clear idea of ​​what to look for. I wanted cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help me navigate transitions related to aging, wellness, and caregiving.

Register. When I created an account and logged in for the first time, I completed the online questionnaire. The questions provided Calmerry with a comprehensive summary of my medical and psychological history, family issues, and therapy goals.

Then I communicated via online chat with a “mental health assistant”. She explained the different plans available, then immediately asked which one sounded best. I understand she was just doing her job, but I felt pressured.

I logged on the next evening after deciding to subscribe to the plan with unlimited messaging and four 30-minute video chats per month. The assistant processed my payment and my questionnaire to find an advisor corresponding to my needs.

After half an hour of waiting, she provided the names of two advisers. I asked if I could see additional profiles, but was told that only those two matched my questionnaire. I quickly googled them both and one was a perfect match for me: a cognitive therapist specializing in life transitions who practices narrative therapy. As a writer, I liked the sound of that. I chose her.

Presentations. I immediately contacted my counselor via the Calmerry messaging app, and we had several text conversations before our first video session.

Although early in-person therapy sessions can sometimes feel bogged down in providing context such as my background and past, we were able to speed up much of that process in our texts.

Video sessions. I decided to combine the four 30 minute sessions into two 60 minute sessions. For this to happen, my counselor and I had to disconnect from the therapy session while she added an additional 30 minute session. This cumbersome process is my only complaint about the video sessions.

The site’s scheduling page suggests that a user can simply click on an available time on a provider’s calendar and be scheduled. However, the counselor must initiate the first session, noting his available times in an SMS. The client then accepts an invitation for the agreed time.

During our first session, I jumped straight into the issues I wanted to address. My counselor provided a balance of empathetic compassion and thoughtful questions that challenged me to identify ways in which I can make meaningful change. It was obvious that she had studied my questionnaire, taken my texts to heart and found medical and psychological resources. This objective information helped me see my situation in a new light.

between sessions. My counselor contacted me several times between sessions to check on my well-being and ask if I had anything I would like to discuss via text. I reported some small step changes, which seemed to help me with my challenges.

Say goodbye. At the end of my first month of Calmerry, I decided I needed to find a counselor who accepted Medicare. I reached out to my counselor to thank her for providing insight that filled some gaps in my understanding of my caregiving role.

She is a competent and intuitive provider who has helped me a lot in just one month. I am grateful to Calmerry for bringing us together. Without the insurance considerations, I would have continued with my advisor. She is professional and compassionate, and she challenged me to change.

Other online options. While online therapy platforms like Calmerry offer a service for those who want therapy at home or in another remote location, many local therapists and community mental health clinics also offer online counseling sessions.

Finding a local online therapist gives you more freedom to compare the qualifications of therapists and the types of advice offered. Local therapist sessions may be covered by Medicare or private insurance. Some therapists offer sliding scale fees to make advice more affordable.

If you find a local therapist for advice online, you may be able to go in person in the future.

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