One of the main reasons people in need of counselling postpone beginning therapy is because they can’t find the time to actually go to a counsellor’s office. Fortunately, technology is now helping us bring therapy closer to those in need.
Online counselling can prove to be a valuable solution for those who can’t find the time or means to go to a brick-and-mortar counselling office. It is also suited for people wanting to protect their privacy or who simply feel safer being in an environment of their choice.
How does online counselling work?
Online therapy works much like traditional therapy, with the main difference being that there is no geographical boundary to it. No matter if you are at home, on a work trip or in the office, you will make sure you never miss your therapy session ever again.
All you need for a successful online counselling session is a computer or phone with webcam and microphone access, an easy-to-use and secure communication platform, such as Skype, and a reliable internet connection.
When talking to your therapist for the first time, they will work with you to find the best times to schedule your sessions. Online counsellors also provide great schedule flexibility. You can schedule your session whenever it feels best for you, ensuring it does not interfere with your day-to-day activities.
When should I consider online therapy?
Online counselling is suited for those who need therapy, but for one reason or another, they can’t go to a traditional office. Be it because they don’t have the time to do so, or because they can’t seem to find a suited therapist in their area, online counselling can help overcome these challenges.
At UK Therapy Guide, most of our clients who request online counselling do so for various reasons, including:
They live in a remote area, and they don’t have the time or resources to drive long-distance and get to a counsellor’s office.
Online counselling can be more convenient for patients, as they can attend sessions from the comfort of their own home.
They fear the stigma of mental illness and want to keep their counselling session as private as possible, without the risk of running into someone they know on the way to see a therapist.
Sometimes, it’s just easier to contact your therapist and schedule a quick online session rather than going to their office every time you feel the need to talk to someone.
Is online counselling as effective as face-to-face sessions?
Online counselling can be just as effective as in-person sessions because it follows the same principles. The only difference is you and your therapist are not physically in the same place.
For some issues, such as agoraphobia or social anxiety, online counselling can prove to be even more effective. It allows patients to be in a comfortable place, such as their home, which helps them get the courage to open up and discuss their issues.
Can you help me find an online counsellor?
At UK Therapy Guide, we want to help you find the best-suited therapist for your needs. We can put you in touch with a counsellor that provides online therapy as well. Complete this form and let us help you find a specialist.