Online Therapy Is Providing Much-Needed Comfort in a Changing World
As we self-quarantine and socially distance from our work, friends, and family, it’s natural to feel a heightened sense of uneasiness.
Paired with this uneasiness is the natural desire to seek answers. However, where we could get these answers from a therapist in person before the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of traveling in public to speak with a therapist face-to-face in an enclosed space is now out of the question for many.
Fortunately, quickly filling the need for professional mental health guidance are online therapy services, which offer many of the same benefits as their in-person counterparts, without any of the COVID-related risks.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at how online therapy services are saving the day during this otherwise turbulent time.
Online Therapy Is Safely Accessible
As briefly mentioned above, online therapy allows you to receive professional therapy from anywhere with access to the internet.
With social distancing in place, this is incredibly comforting to those stuck at home or in quarantine. You no longer have to risk travelling in public or getting/spreading infection during your in-person session—simply grab your phone, log in and you’re good to go.
Online Therapy Can Provide Prompt Guidance
With traditional, in-person therapy, you have to schedule your appointments ahead of time. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, it doesn’t allow for quick guidance if something urgent comes up. Instead, you have to remember for your next session and speak about it then, potentially resulting in you forgetting key details or having less clarity when you finally get to your next session.
Many online services fix this problem by allowing users to message their therapists at any time, in addition to scheduled live sessions. Users can then expect therapists to respond within that same day of sending the message, allowing for prompt, potentially time-sensitive guidance.
Online Therapy Can Be More Approachable to First-Time Users
In-person therapy is incredibly helpful, but it can be intimidating to a lot of people. After all, it often requires to research available therapists in your area, contact them one-by-one, meet for a consultation session, look into your insurance coverage, and all sorts of seemingly small yet off putting steps that could ultimately deter a first-time user from getting treatment.
With online therapy, however, all that is often required to sign up for these services is your contact information, some basic personal information (gender, age, etc.), as well as a description of the types of issues you need help with. You can then be automatically matched with a suitable therapist within a matter of hours.
Plus, if you decide that it’s not a good fit, unlike with in-person therapy, switching to a different therapist online is as simple as pressing a button on your dashboard. Not only is this convenient, but it’s ultimately more likely to result in you getting exactly the kind of therapist you need.
Ultimately, the quickness and convenience of online therapy can make it more appealing to first time users who might otherwise not participate in therapy at all, even during a turbulent time like the present.
If you need counseling or therapy during this uncertain and anxiety-inducing time of social distancing, fear not — online therapy is here to save the day.
You don’t have to leave your home to access it, therapists are all licensed and trained to deal with your issues in an online space, you can communicate with therapists at any time and receive prompt responses, and signup for most services can be completed within a matter of minutes.
We may not know when the COVID-19 whirlwind will be over, but until then, we can look to online therapy as a source of much-need stability.