You may be wondering about how online therapy works and whether the benefits are the same as in-person therapy. You may be skeptical, or feel that it will be less personal than traditional therapy. Online therapy is a wonderful option that can be just as rewarding as in-person sessions for a lot of people. For some individuals, online therapy is an even better choice.
First of all, it is so convenient! Online therapy removes barriers to seeking treatment that may exist for people. Imagine not having to sit in traffic or find parking in order to get to therapy. You can show up in your comfiest sweats, sip on your favorite tea, and simply turn on your computer. Another barrier people sometimes face is a lack of access to therapists, particularly in rural areas. Telehealth can fill this gap as long as you have a strong internet connection.
Second, it's easier to fit therapy into a busy schedule. If you're working, trying to take care of the kids, or otherwise engaged with a lot of obligations, finding the time for therapy can feel daunting. Therapy often takes the back burner because we tend to put the needs of others before our own. Online therapy makes it more feasible to fit a session in when it is convenient for you.
Third, it can be much less intimidating. Sometimes anxiety makes it difficult to leave the house or want to meet new people. With online therapy, you can stay in your own environment that is comfortable for you. There are no fancy offices to navigate, no receptionists, and no potential for running into someone you might know.
Additionally, research shows that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy. According to the American Psychological Association, online services can have the same benefit as in-person sessions when the therapist is competent and the technology being used is working properly.
There are, however, certain circumstances that may indicate online therapy isn’t right for you. You and I can determine if online therapy is a good fit in our initial consultation. Please feel free to reach out by email, phone, or text to set up a free 15-minute consultation.
Debi Anson LMSW LCSW CAADC