Online therapy is a relatively new form of therapy that’s gaining popularity. The benefits of virtual therapy are numerous, but what if you’re used to seeing your therapist in person? Would it be possible for your new therapist to see you online instead? And how would the two forms compare? We’ll answer all these questions below!
Virtual therapy is more convenient because you don’t have to worry about all the things that can interfere with an in-person appointment. You don’t need to commute, leave your house, get dressed, go outside and deal with the weather. This means that you’ll be able to fit your therapy into a busy schedule and won’t have to miss out on other important aspects of life just because you want to see a therapist.
When I am in person with a client, our relationship is the focal point. The therapy experience has more immediacy and closeness than online therapy because we are physically present together. In person, we can both tap into our own reactions and emotions as well as each others. When something happens that isn’t comfortable for either of us, it’s easy to notice right away.
Online therapy offers more distance between you and me than in-person sessions do. However, this distance can be helpful too! Having some space makes it easier for you to focus on yourself without worrying about what I’m thinking or feeling at any given moment—and vice versa! Self-reflection is an important part of healing from trauma or experiencing any other challenging life event. With online therapy you don’t have to worry about how your reactions look—you can simply focus on your experiences without distraction from others’ reactions or judgments.
In many cases, virtual therapy is more convenient and accessible than in-person therapy. You can have your sessions from anywhere at any time, making it easier to meet your therapist’s needs and schedule. In addition, because the therapist has to be available 24/7, this flexibility gives you the freedom to choose a time that works for you, including evenings and weekends if necessary. Many people also appreciate being able to talk about their problems without worrying about privacy issues or feeling self-conscious about their appearance.
If you live in a rural area or are just not able to travel to a therapist’s office on a regular basis, online therapy could be the answer for you. As long as there’s an internet connection and some privacy, it’s easy to communicate with your therapist remotely. You won’t have to worry about missing work or traveling long distances just because of transportation issues. If you’re worried about traveling costs, many therapists offer discounted rates for sessions via video chat rather than face-to-face visits so that their clients don’t have to spend extra money on transportation (and can still benefit from the convenience of video chats).
Virtual therapy is more private than in-person therapy. Even if you have a good relationship with your therapist, it can be awkward to discuss some topics when there’s another person in the room with you. Online therapy allows you to be completely honest and open about your feelings and experiences without worrying about judgment or embarrassment!
In addition to being more private, online therapy is also more convenient for patients who live far away from available therapists and need help finding one that works well for them. This can be especially true for people living in rural areas where there are fewer mental health professionals than in larger cities or towns. Thanks to technology like Skype or FaceTime (for Apple devices), remote sessions allow therapists all over the world access even those living hours away from their offices!
By now, we hope you’ve seen that online therapy can be a great option for those who want a more convenient way to talk with their therapist. It’s convenient because it doesn’t require you to leave your home, and it offers the privacy of being able to work on your own schedule. However, one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is how effective this type of treatment really is. It turns out that there aren’t many differences between in-person therapy and online sessions when it comes down to results! In fact, some studies even show that remote sessions might help people feel more comfortable opening up about what’s going on inside their minds without worrying about judgment from friends or family members who are nearby but not involved directly with treatment plans themselves.
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