Online Therapy: Is it Right for You?
Whether you’re seeking psychotherapy for anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement, depression, stress, or another mental health problem, online therapy may be an effective solution.
If you’re on the fence about whether online therapy is right for you, consider these positive benefits.
Benefits of Online Therapy
Whatever the case, online mental health counseling is incredibly accessible. Thanks to technology, you do not need to be in the same room with your therapist to get the same care.
Those who live in rural areas have more options since they are no longer limited by distance. An online platform opens up the possibility for mental health counseling and makes it much more accessible.
Counseling can be intimidating. You may have avoided it in the past since you get nervous and sad at the thought of being vulnerable in an unfamiliar place. If you dislike the traditional therapy set-up, you may benefit from the comfort of online counseling.
You can have your session wherever you feel most comfortable — your office, bedroom, or couch. Being away from home can be nerve-wracking enough, thus online counseling helps ease that anxiety.
If you’re worried about privacy or if someone seeing you walking into a therapist’s office is of concern, you may like the way that you can access online therapy from the privacy of your own space. Unlike traditional therapy of having to go out in public, online treatment gives you anonymity (only your therapist is aware of your identity).
No Travel Restrictions!
If you like to travel or need to travel a lot because of work, online therapy is a great option! You do not need to be in a single city to carry out the sessions. Instead, you can adapt your travel times to do your therapy without having to cancel it because of your trip or reschedule the session. For that, it is a great option, especially if you can’t stay in one place for too long and always switching therapists is not an option.
Tips for getting the most out of online therapy
Understand your goals
The clearer you are about your goals for starting online therapy, the easier it will be to measure your progress. And ensure you’re getting the most out of the process. You may be asking for help to address a specific mental health problem, as an example, or to cope with a particular situation of your life that’s not working. Whatever your reasons, make sure you communicate them to your therapist to ensure they’re being addressed during your time together.
Be prepared to put in the work
To get the most from the experience, be prepared to put in the time and effort. As well as, if you find yourself frequently skipping therapy sessions, ask yourself why—and discuss it with your therapist.
Limit distractions at home
Talking to a professional from the comfort of your own home, or office is extremely convenient. But you’re not going to get as much from therapy if your sessions are disrupted. Whether by kids, other family members, your neighbors, phone calls, or other interruptions. Thus, choose a time for therapy when your home is at its quietest. Ask other family members not to disturb you, turn off your phone, and mute any other apps.
Ensure fast and reliable internet connection
Your therapy experience will suffer if your sessions are frequently interrupted by connection or computer problems. Check any technical issues you may experience before the session, whether that’s by upgrading your internet speed or updating the software or app you’re using.
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A typical healing journey with me can be totally completed from the comfort of your own home. Prior to each meeting or session, I will send you all the instructions you need to know in order to make it a success one, including logistics considerations.