We live in a digital world, and with that comes a lot of change. Online therapy wasn’t even a possibility in our near past. However, today, online therapy is a popular, useful method for conducting therapeutic sessions. This is a great finding, as there are numerous benefits with online therapy.
And now, more than ever, with the recommendations by Public Health for social distancing, online therapy provides an opportunity for people to either continue with their therapist during this unique time or find support through this challenging crisis by engaging with a therapist for online therapy (video, phone, or synchronous chat/texting).
There are many benefits to online therapy.
Online therapy can be useful for individuals who live in communities where therapists are not readily available. Therefore, online therapy expands options for individuals to be able to meet with a therapist who fits their needs better, and is then not limited by the area in which they live. As well, online therapy can remove physical barriers that may impact the accessibility of getting to a therapists’ office. Online therapy can alleviate this stress, and provide a better opportunity for accessibility.
By attending therapy online, individuals can save money as they do not have to commute to a therapist’s office. As well, individuals can find a therapist who fits their budget better as they have more access to more therapists. Overall, online therapy expands individuals’ options and can save them money.
Online therapy can be completed in the sanctity of one’s home. Therefore, this can be more welcoming as individuals can be in their safe space. Moreover, for some individuals, visiting an unfamiliar location can be nerve-wracking and intimidating. Online therapy has the potential to alleviate this anxiety. Individuals may find that online therapy can be a more comforting experience overall.
Online therapy provides the opportunity for communication and connection. Therapists and clients can still notice non-verbal communication and expressions through online therapy. As well, although the therapist and client are physically distant, online therapy can provide the opportunity for relationship-building. Online therapy offers human contact, and can be especially useful for individuals who are home-bound or who have never tried therapy before. Overall, online therapy can still provide individuals with the connected, warm setting they may be looking for.
As well, there are technological benefits with online therapy. For individuals who utilize and enjoy the computer, they may feel even more comfortable with online therapy rather than face-to-face therapy. Moreover, online therapy platforms offer a chat option. This can provide the opportunity for a client to share something by writing it out, if they are not ready to say it out loud. These technological features can enhance the beneficial and comfortable nature of online therapy.
Overall, online therapy can provide great benefits and be a reasonable option for individuals who are seeking therapy. Many therapists are knowledgeable and happy to conduct therapy online- it is a practical and worthy option for this digital world.
And more importantly in this time of COVID-19, online therapy allows everyone effected by this current crisis, whether that be due to illness and/or potential loss, or financial insecurity, or the strain of new social arrangements as we are asked to stay home, or worsening anxiety and depression, to be able to connect with a skilled therapist who can support your psychological well-being and long-term health and recovery.
Reach out today and see the benefits of psychotherapy!