How Would You Help a Friend, Family Member, or Loved One Who is Struggling?

March 10, 2020

We will be sharing stories over the next few weeks that resemble actual mental health struggles that people face every day.  

Your co-worker confides in you about issues he’s been dealing with at work. He is feeling substantial pressure, which is causing him a crippling amount of stress. He’s been having panic attacks and stress dreams because of his concern over his work performance. You’re glad he has opened up to you but you know you can’t offer the assistance he really needs.

You suggest that he goes to see a therapist to deal with his problems, but he disagrees. He wouldn’t want others to find out, and the idea of spending time away from work to see a therapist makes him more anxious. You remember you heard about Council for Relationships’ Online Therapy. He softens to the idea of seeing a therapist since it’s confidential, and he can do it from his home or office.

He requests information about Council’s Online Therapy and feels like it suits his needs. He completes his initial assessment covering his areas of concern, sets up an appointment, and begins therapy. His therapist at Council for Relationships provides him with guidance and support. He starts to finally feel relief.

Your aging uncle lives by himself in rural PA. He was always your favorite, and in recent years, he has suffered through many health issues. He’s confined to a wheelchair and you worry about him being isolated living alone. The last time you spoke to him, he seemed depressed, not like the lively guy you’ve always known. You find out he’s no longer participating in his favorite hobbies and you know things have gotten serious; he needs help.

He isn’t able to travel to see a therapist so you suggest he tries Council for Relationships’ Online Therapy.  He’s relieved that an option exists, that allows him to connect with a professional from the comfort of his home.

Your niece just started attending college in Philadelphia after growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. After about two months, you call her to see how’s she’s doing, and things are not going well. She’s not adjusting well to life in a new city, her class schedule is hectic, and she’s desperately trying to keep up with her coursework. You think she should seek counseling, but her school offers limited mental health services. She’ll be returning home for winter break soon, but her issues are urgent and she should seek treatment immediately.

You introduce her to the idea of Council for Relationships’ Online Therapy. She would be able to see a therapist while at school and keep seeing the same therapist when she returns home. Council for Relationships is able to accommodate her needs. She finds a therapist, completes her initial assessment, and begins treatment. She is comforted by the fact that she will not need to stop therapy for winter break. She begins to feel better about all that she is dealing with.

Don’t let your loved ones deal with mental health issues alone. If you know someone who needs to talk, please let them know that there are options available.

What’s Needed for Online Therapy? 

  • A computer or tablet with a web cam, mic, and speakers
  • Stable internet access
  • A private location to talk


Ways to Get Started: 

  1. Find a Therapist: We have a team of 36 clinicians offering online therapy.
  2. Request an Appointment: Our Client Care Team is ready to guide you through the online therapy process and answer any questions you may have.