6 Simple Reasons to Help You Decide if Online Therapy is a Better Option for You

Technology has revolutionized the world of therapy in many different ways, including allowing people to have therapy sessions from the comfort of their own home or office. How cool is that?

Below are 5 super simple reasons why some of my clients choose online counseling option. Some of them also choose to combine their traditional face to face sessions with virtual sessions when needed.

Reason # 1: You live in a busy area with lots of traffic.

Let’s say you live in the area, like Raleigh, Wake Forest, or the surrounding Triangle area in North Carolina where traffic can get pretty bad and the commute to your therapist’s office takes up a ridiculous amount of time. Time, you do not have to begin with, because life gets very busy between juggling work, family responsibilities, house chores, and everything in between.

Reason # 2: You live in isolated area where there are none or very few mental health specialists.

Or, the opposite is true, and you live in an isolated area, like Fort Bragg, North Carolina,  where there are not too many therapists to choose from. And the few therapists that are available are generalists, and you know that you need a specialist to assure get to a better place. To read more about why it is important to see a specialist over a generalist, read here.

You might be afraid of the stigma due to personal or professional associations (especially important for my clients who are in military), and you would rather “not be seen” at a shrink’s office.

Reason # 3: You suffer from a condition that impacts your mobility.

You might be struggling with a chronic illness, which makes it inconvenient or impossible for you to make it to the office. Each day is very different and you are just not sure how you are going to feel on a day of your appointment. Being able to have your session wherever you are makes a world of difference for my clients with fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases.

Reason # 4: You (or your partner) travel often.

Some of my clients travel for work and for fun, and they rarely stay home for more than a few weeks at a time. With online therapy, this not a problem-as long as you have internet access and can find a quite place to talk.

Reason # 5: You get sick.

You might not want to drive to your therapist’s office on certain days, when, for example, you are sick. Or when your children are sick and you have to stay home with them.

Reason # 6: Weather sucks today.

You might not want to drive to your therapist’s office when the weather is not good and you would rather be “safe than sorry.” This happens several times every year where I live in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The whole city of Raleigh and the surrounding Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Cary literally shut down when roads get icy. And I would be the fist one to cuddle under the blankets with some hot tea because I don’t want to take that risk.

Whichever scenario resonates with you most, online therapy can be a convenient option for you because it saves you time and money. And you can do it anywhere as long as there is strong internet connection!

Also, note that online therapy may be called different names, including virtual therapy, virtual counseling, tele therapy, tele mental health, technology assisted counseling, e-therapy, and even skype therapy (even though we will be using another platform similar to Skype called VSee because Skype is not HIPAA compliant and confidential).

Overall, virtual counseling has proven to be an effective alternative to a traditional in-office therapy in numerous studies. You can use it to either supplement your traditional in-office therapy or as a whole new therapy option. Online therapy is safe and secure.

Online Therapy is not for you when:

Online therapy is not a good option for people who are an immediate threat to themselves or others. You must be at least 18, or have a parental consent for online therapy.

If you are trying to decide whether online therapy can be a good option for you, contact me here. I would love to be of service, whether we end up working together or not.

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ABOUT AUTHOR

Irina Baechle,LCSW is a founder, owner, and a licensed therapist at IrinaBaechleCounselingLLC. She specializes in helping distant couples and anxious singles build truly connected and meaningful relationships. She currently offers online and in-home counseling services to residents of Virginia and North Carolina (and most countries abroad). Click here to schedule your free 15 min consultation. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube for useful tips and resources.

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  • Shayna
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    Great tips! Being as busy as I am, online therapy is definitely a more convenient way to go.

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