When we talk about the benefits of online therapy, we usually think about the obvious practical ones. You save time and money on the commute, you can fit your session more easily into your busy day, and you can have therapy while dinner is in the oven. Arguably even more important, however, are the more intangible benefits that you can get from receiving therapy through the computer.
A more familiar environment
As therapists, we try to make all our clients feel as comfortable as possible. Everything from the couch to the artwork is chosen to make the office a welcoming place. However, the truth is that some people just don’t feel able to open up in that environment. Having the option to sit in the location where you feel most comfortable can be just the opportunity you need.
A more natural environment
While some people find it hard to open up and explore their mind in the therapist’s office, others face the opposite problem. Therapy works great. They feel that they have made real progress and are getting a handle on their issues. However, when they try to put what they have learned into practice, it doesn’t work. The problem might be that the office has become a kind of artificial safe space where you become almost a different person. That might feel great for an hour, but you have to live the rest of your life in the real world. Online therapy can be a chance to receive treatment in an environment where you feel like the real you.
Online therapy: accessibility, convenience, and affordability
In addition to providing a more comfortable and natural setting, online therapy brings other benefits such as:
Accessibility: Online therapy provides accessibility to individuals who are disabled or housebound or simply lack transportation. Mobility can be a big issue when it comes to accessing mental health care. Individuals who are unable to leave their home for various reasons, such as physical illness or childcare issues, may find online therapy a useful alternative to traditional psychotherapy.
Convenience: Online therapy offers greater flexibility to schedule sessions outside of traditional office hours. We may extend hours into the evening, which is often more convenient for people who work a traditional workweek schedule.
Affordability: Doan Counseling offers online sessions at a discounted rate of only $40 for a 45-minute session.
Is online therapy for me?
If you’ve tried therapy before, but felt inhibited and unable to express your thoughts and desires, it’s well worth giving online therapy a try.
On the other hand, some people do better with traditional in-person therapy. The lack of nonverbal cues such as body language can inhibit the relationship. If you are a person that heavily communicates through non-verbal expressions and relies on in-person connection, online therapy may not be a good fit for you.
Online therapy is not appropriate for all psychological concerns, and cannot be utilized for crisis intervention or severe mental illness.
Online therapy is not suitable for people with thoughts of suicide or homicide. Help is available at the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 for emergency local assistance.
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