1. Food Huggers — $11
2. Happier With Gretchen Rubin podcast — Free
3. Bleach + Cotton Coil for Cleaning Bathtub Caulk — $8 (Enough for Three Cleaning Sessions)
4. The Furminator — $42.99
5. Shaving Your Legs With Olive Oil — $5
6. Luxardo Cherries — $77 for 6.6 pounds
7. Glossier Phase 1 Set — $80
8. In Your Corner Online Virtual Therapy — $25+
The last time I went to therapy, it was at my college's free clinic and it felt pretty one-sided; I spent a lot of time talking but I didn't feel like any practical solutions were suggested. That was years ago, and until losing my brother a few months ago, I hadn't felt the urge to find — and pay for — a therapist. A co-worker recommended In Your Corner to me, and as soon as I used it, I felt like I was in the right place.
First I created an account and then chose a plan. It's kind of like a cell phone plan in the way that you get to choose how many sessions you'd like each month and then subscribe. There's an introductory session for $25, a pay-as-you-go plan at $50 per session, a basic plan of three sessions for $125, and so on. Once you choose your plan, you find your person. There's a mix of therapists and life coaches, each with a different specialization ranging from grief to life transitions to mindfulness training to breakups to anything else you can think of. I chose a grief specialist.
Next, I set up an appointment time. Each session lasts 30 minutes, and the sessions are all virtual. It's essentially FaceTime with a therapist, which can feel a little jarring at first, but it worked for me. I immediately clicked with my therapist, and during the session she was able to instant-message me links to resources she was mentioning during our time so I could refer to them once we were done. I was given the introductory session for free, but wound up upping my session count to three per month (and am paying for those with my own money).
Therapy can feel like uncharted territory. This format may not be for everyone, but considering how closely I work with technology every day and how inexpensive it is compared to a lot of other options, In Your Corner feels like an awesome solution. —Augusta Falletta