Internet Therapy also known as Telemental health therapy or Virtual or Online therapy/counseling is a convenient and flexible way to effectively address your mental health needs
Today more than ever Online counseling has never been more applicable or needed. Previously, clients may have experienced virtual therapy either as an addition to their face to face visits if they had hectic schedules or a temporary situation that prevented them from coming into the office. With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic what was an occasional tool in the arsenal of mental health treatment is now a necessary requirement for many. The good news is clients can still get their emotional and mental health support through this mode of therapy.
How is Internet Counseling/Therapy Helpful and Convenient to you
Internet or Online therapy takes place through live video or virtual sessions from the comfort of your home or other secure location. There are advantages to utilizing this method of therapeutic care such as flexibility and convenience in scheduling sessions, increased anonymity by not having to enter a waiting room, less social stigma for those who are concerned with engaging in therapy, all while still having the ability to address common concerns such as depression, anxiety, marital counseling, family issues, parent-child conflicts and more. While many clients are comfortable with online counseling, this modality is not suited for everyone. And there are some challenges to consider. Its best to have conversation ahead of time to make sure on-line therapy is a right fit for you.
Advantages to Internet or Online Counseling
Internet therapy can provide a more intimate and unique experience for some clients. Many clients feel that using virtual counseling will create a sense of distance and disconnection from their therapist, however, the opposite can be quite true. Studies show that online or virtual therapy can be just as efficacious as face- to-face sessions. Clients can feel potentially safer and more secure in their own environments, clients may also feel less stigmatized utilizing such services, especially, those who may view themselves as not fitting into traditional societal roles/categories.
Not only can online counseling promote increased accessibility, and flexibility in scheduling, it can be practical when one party or family member might be traveling temporarily or in another location. In addition, some clients report benefits of not having to deal with traffic getting to an appointment, saving travel time, expense, and therefore, experiencing a corresponding reduction in stress.
Overcoming barriers to accessibility can also be beneficial to someone who is in distress as they may be able to have an appointment sooner than trying to book a traditional office session. Also, clients who live in rural areas may have less access to mental health treatment, therefore Internet counseling can be a helpful alternative.
So, while there can be challenges to online counseling such as a therapist potentially not being able to note nuanced body language cues, potential emergency issues, technology issues or boundary related issues, research by Journal of Affective Disorders shows that when done correctly, Telemental health can strengthen the patient-provider relationship and better engage patients with their care – with similar outcomes as in-office treatment. Additionally, more and more individuals are becoming more comfortable with having telehealth services whether for doctor’s visits and other health related services.
Services Offered for Internet Therapy/Online Counseling/Telehealth Therapy
With Simple Therapy Now, online counseling services are offered on a Secure HIPPA Compliant Platform. Many traditional challenges and issues faced by individuals, couples and families that would be addressed in an office can be successfully be addressed in online therapy.
Our Online or telehealth counseling services can be an effective solution for depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, ADHD and other related issues, pre-marital or marriage counseling, couples counseling, parent- child conflict, family dynamics issues, teen and middle school aged child counseling, academic and behavioral challenges, grief and loss counseling, life and career coaching. See a list of services here.
Why Choose Simple Therapy Now Online and Telemental health Services
Skilled use of these services has been the hallmark of this practice before the COVID 19 Pandemic. Utilizing HIPPA compliant services provides security of your session and personal information. The same professionalism, resources and skilled approaches used in a face-to-face session are offered through online therapy. Whatever life challenges you are facing I am here to support your growth, healing, and transformation.
Call or email today to see if Online Therapy services are right for you or your loved ones.