Online therapy is a modern answer to our modern challenges.
There is growing evidence to support the efficacy of online therapy and that it’s at least as good as face-to-face therapy, but are there reasons why you should choose online therapy?
The most obvious, and significant reason to choose online therapy is the convenience; the simple fact that you can seek help at the end of your fingertips. We have all been there - that moment in our minds that tells us we have no time, let alone energy, to do anything. Being able to get support online allows us to fit it neatly into our schedule and skip the hassles of the commute, resolving these obstacles with one *click*.
There is nothing like city traffic; the honking, and whistles, the yelling and the pollution - the thought of it alone brings many of us a wave of anxiety. The idea of a no-traffic service is a daydream for those of us living in the hustle and bustle of city-life; when the smallest hills look like mountains, choose online therapy.
Despite living in a growing digital world, we still primarily exist in a physical reality that is not set up for people who are differently-abled; the fact that this barrier quite literally evaporates with the use of online platforms is enough to say that it works. For people that live with limitations—physically and/or financial, online therapy can be far more accessible, as the cost and challenge of transportation and travel are out of the equation.
One could say, more than anything else, safety and privacy are the most important virtues of a therapeutic space. Both the client and the therapist feeling safe in their respective comfort zones at home, nurtures opportunity for honesty and open dialogue. it removes the added element of anxiety where the client needs to explore and get comfortable in a new place; It shouldn’t be a luxury to meet where you are at, physically and emotionally. It shouldn’t be a luxury to meet where you are at, physically and emotionally.
Time-management; psychiatrist, supporter, psychologist, how your health and healing can move forward (referral system) Comfort: doing therapy in your sweatpants, having your pets join your session - added benefit of the therapist getting a sense of what your home is like can have therapeutic advantages too!
All your options in one place. Because you don’t have the physical constraints of where specialists may be located, online therapy allows you to browse a host of different therapists, each having their own style, modality and philosophy so that you can select what be suits your needs, and so that you can explore greater options to help figure out what works for you.
Online therapy is accessible fast and can often be easier to reach than some in-person emergency services. Anxiety: For many of us, the idea of having to go through a laborious process of searching for a therapist and SOMETHING anxieties that grow just at the thought of interacting with people.