Can’t get away? New baby? Traveling? Crazy work hours?
There are many reasons people choose the convenience of therapy and counseling online. Here’s what you need to know.
No drive time – Therapy can be squeezed in between classes, between meetings, between take-off and landing, between naps and feeding.
Immediacy – You can book a FaceTime session on-line yourself whenever there’s an available hour, half hour, or 45-minute session that works for you. Payments can be made online too.
Familiarity – You’re used to talking on the internet anyway if you have an interactive feature like Skype or FaceTime.
You can be anywhere. I’ve done therapy and counseling with Idaho residents deployed overseas, and residents working and traveling all over the world. Also a good thing for people with physical conditions, tough locations, or who lack easy access.
You can book coaching, mini-sessions, or phone support. When you’re angry, or anxious, avoid taking things out on others. A quick and supportive conversation can steer things in the right direction.
It’s up to you. You can do online therapy in combination with in-person sessions, or you can do online exclusively.
Some issues are better than others for online therapy. In general, coaching and situational problems respond best, long-standing personality issues not so much. But as with all therapy, you’ll be the judge of what is most successful for you.
Sorry, no texting. Therapy via text or email is discouraged by industry regulation.
Privacy and Confidentiality. You are the only one who knows how confidential your surroundings are, as opposed to being in the office.
Idaho residents only. Physicians and other health care providers operate within their state license, and therefore are not permitted to treat people out of state.