Online therapy, much like other internet-based activities, is becoming more and more popular. From my perspective, it just might replace traditional face-to-face therapy. Just might, I said. If you think about it, there are several reasons why and how this could happen. So, why would anyone consider seeing a therapist online?
Think about it for a second and most likely your reasons will be personal and perhaps private. But, it is also likely that your reasons are similar to others. If you are thinking about it, perhaps a bit hesitant or if you have decided that you are “all in” and are going to book your session immediately after reading this article, let me share a few reasons why many (like yourself) are trying this online therapy thing.
No Travel Hassles: It completely eliminates travel time, so there’s no more rushing or fighting traffic to make your appointment.
Broader Appointment Offerings: Speaking of appointment times, online therapy offers both the therapist and the client a broader range of time options that are usually limited within traditional face-to-face therapy and often conflicts with clients own work schedule. For an online therapy appointment, all you have to do is fire up your desktop, laptop or mobile device and talk.
Access Anytime, Anyplace: If you’re a stay at home parent, caregiver of an elderly parent or are homebound for any reason, online therapy is a great opportunity. It offers you the benefit of mental health without incidental costs i.e. childcare, elder care or time off of work. In addition, you have the choice and access to a broader community of professionals.
Comfort: What to wear becomes a non-issue, but bearing your soul takes on a whole new dimension, as you are in the comfort of your own space sharing your story with your very personal therapist. Now, how’s that for bedside manner? You get the same professional visit, only without the drive-time hassles.
Pay Options: One more convenience I’d be remiss to mention is the ease of payment one time or with a subscription. Your payment options have broadened and you can even pay using all major credit cards. How wonderful is that?
Online therapy is usually less costly. Same professional credentials, same bed-side (or computer-side manner) only you spend less money for the same, perhaps more enhanced mental health counseling/therapy.
Whether online or in person, the conversation between therapist and client is always confidential (with a few critical limits). Both therapists are held to the same standard of keeping clients’ information private. However, when you add anonymity to the equation (communicating via text or calls using only the audio settings of your device or computer), this could be a game-changer for you, especially if you’re reluctant or uncomfortable with traditional therapy. Some things are difficult to express to anyone, even a sworn to secrecy professional, we get it. As such, this makes it an attractive feature of doing therapy online.
One more thing, a premier online platform will take strong security measures to make sure your virtual meeting room is E2E encrypted. That means no one else can listen in to your session, not even hackers. Other precaution measures should be taken to protect your information. I’m sure you are familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a legal safeguard to protect your information. Make sure that you choose a therapy platform that is HIPAA compliant.
Now that you have a full picture of the ins and outs of online therapy, you can feel empowered to make an informed and sound decision and schedule an appointment with a competent professional. Be Well!