Dear 100 Hour Board,
Has anyone used BYU's free therapists? Are they any good or should I go find a paid one somewhere close ish?
-One ring to find them
I have used BYU's free counseling services, and I love it. I really like my therapist, and can definitely say that the experience has been positive, and has helped me significantly. Also, I second The Lone Musketeer's point below: even if you don't get along with your initial therapist at BYU, feel free to request a different one.
I can't say whether you'll have as positive an experience as I've had, but I'd definitely advise trying it out before paying money somewhere else.
CAPS is really cool and they generally do a good job. Like Lone Musketeer, I've had a therapist there that just didn't seem to fit my personality, but others worked really well. I'd recommend starting with CAPS and if you need more go for someone in private practice.
I did! It was helpful to learn some coping techniques for the stress my OCD can create and it can be beneficial to talk to someone who is qualified and educated on that topic, since even well-meaning family and friends may not be aware of what are the healthiest ways to work through problems they haven't faced.
CAPS is a great resource! I've attended both individual therapy and a social anxiety group through them and both were super beneficial. Just being able to voice my concerns out loud to an understanding voice and find tools to cope meant so much. Plus, free counseling is such an amazing resource. When I went to therapy as a thirteen year-old, my parents were paying like $100+ a week. It's really something to take advantage of while you're a student.
If you're not ready to take that step, though, CAPS also offers an online resource called SilverCloud for anxiety, depression, and stress management. Best of luck!
Dear Find 'Em,
I agree with the above; there are wonderful counselors here at BYU. But don't be afraid to find the counselor that's right for you. I was in a session with a BYU counselor who just rubbed me wrong. It wasn't that she wasn't competent, but her approach didn't work with my mind. I found that CBT works better with my personality and I can ask for a CBT-certified therapist at CAPS. So don't be afraid to ask for a therapist with a different style. Therapists don't take it personally.
The Lone Musketeer
I don't know all of the counselors, but my father is one. He is very kind, patient, and non-judgmental. I would totally recommend going and seeing someone in CAPS. My father would probably join a private practice, but he loves being able to do research and he is a professor as well. I think the quality is actually pretty high for CAPS.
-Sunday Night Banter