Online counselling offers several benefits:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am offering effective online counselling.
Telemedicine, also known as teletherapy or online counselling, involves secure videoconferencing or similar forms of technology which enable healthcare practitioners to replicate the interaction of traditional face-to-face consultations between healthcare practitioners and the client.
In addition to making it possible for more people to partake in counselling sessions, online therapy offers several benefits when compared to face-to-face consultations. Some of these benefits include:
Online counselling is easily accessible to all those who wish to use it. Online therapy overcomes barriers that may prevent some from seeking therapy. Individuals residing far out or remote areas where there are no counselling services can benefit from the accessibility of online counselling without having to travel long distances and those that are physically disabled or unable to leave their home can also easily access such services with little inconvenience.
Online therapy is convenient and saves time. You do not have to take time out of your day to drive anywhere, you can simply meet your counsellor at the touch of a button, from the comfort of your own home. This style of therapy can take away the hassle of scheduling and setting appointments more common in traditional settings. Appointments can be scheduled at a suitable time for both the counsellor and the client and it easily reaches a larger geographical region.
Many people have become so used to communicating via devices and through online methods and it is often more comfortable for some to share their feelings via these channels. Sometimes, it is also easier for some people to reveal private information when they’re sharing it online and individuals with anxiety, especially social anxiety, are more likely to feel comfortable reaching out to an online counsellor. Adolescents, having grown up in a digital era, may also find it easier to share their feelings via online channels. Clients don’t have to worry about seeing people they know in the waiting room and at the end of the day, if a person is comfortable during their counselling session, it is more likely to be effective.
In some instances, online counselling is more affordable than in-person therapy, and of course, you will be saving money on having to travel to your appointment or having to take time off work.