The pandemic has, no doubt, taken a toll on the mental health of many across the globe. Social isolation and limited resources have created enough distance, but how can one easily access mental health support if therapy isn’t an option? TikTok, though perhaps non-traditional, can actually serve as a helpful resource in these times. Therapists have flocked to the app, having field days with creative trends explaining how our brains work when they’re in survival mode.
The app is used for self-expression, giving creators the chance to use their psychological skills to provide relief to thousands of viewers. Since the information is quick and easy to create and take in, many psychologists and life coaches on the app have developed a large following. Here are some options for when you get curious, need a distraction, might need a calling out, or just want to watch a licensed therapist dance to another trending sound.
With almost 2 million followers on Tik Tok, Matthias Barker is a psychotherapist from Spokane, Washington, providing mental health resources through highly empathetic videos. These include anything from relationship advice, family counseling, trauma, anxiety, and depression aid. The camera quality is unparalleled, and he leaves his followers feeling safe and heard. Barker’s communication is thorough and validating. This is an approach to TikTok therapy that gives many followers access to mental health resources by simulating one-on-one interaction. Even though this is not a substitute for therapy or recommended treatment by a licensed practitioner, Matthias Barker has provided an outlet to those who do not have access to such resources.
Dr. Janine Kreft, clinical psychologist, is the owner and founder of Kreft’s Couch, a safe space she has created for her clients and viewers that want to find who they really are outside all the noise life can create. Her goal is to raise their consciousness through a holistic, trauma-informed, and spiritual approach. Kreft works to remind people that life can still be lived with a sense of ease as one navigates and uproots the beliefs holding them back. Dr. Kreft has accumulated over 600,000 followers, so her approach has definitely been making an impact. Her page is self-help made easy-access with approaches to inform people how to better regulate their nervous systems.
Lori Wheeler offers alternative therapy through daily Tik Toks with occasional assignments for the day that help ease anxiety. Her approach to therapy is Mindfulness-Based Coaching, offering ways to focus on “being” rather than constantly “doing”. Her content is light-hearted, relieving, and, yes, validating. It leaves you staring at your screen feeling utterly exposed, yet effortlessly understood. The comforting Aunt we all need once in a while, her content is another mental health resource on the app that has accumulated over 400,000 followers.
Want some advice on how to improve your relationships? This account highlights how to coach yourself when entering or maintaining a relationship. She helps her followers through mistakes, behavior patterns, and EW tools that can create healthier relationships. A relationship coach who specializes in the MBTI and Enneagram coaching runs the account.
Self-help has been brought to a new level on Tik-Tok. Rather than staring at the self-help section of a bookstore, people can watch short, educational videos on the app that may bring them much needed comfort at a time where everything is fast-paced.