In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, online counseling has become more prevalent than ever. It was already on an upward trend even before stay-at-home orders were in place.
Now that things are slowly starting to return to normal and states are reopening, more therapists and counselors may start returning to in-person sessions. But there are still so many benefits to online counseling, even when it isn’t the only option.
Whether you’re just trying it for the first time or you’re still hesitant about if it’s right for you, let’s look at some of those benefits so you can feel comfortable giving online counseling a try.
You Can Participate From Anywhere
One of the biggest benefits of online counseling is that you can do it from virtually anywhere.
Maybe you live in a rural area in the state of Montana and don’t have easy access to a therapist. If a counselor lives over an hour away from your community, you might think it’s not worth it to have to drive that far each week. In some cases, that might even cause more stress.
Online therapy allows you to talk to a licensed counselor no matter where you are. Once you have found someone who specializes in your specific needs, all you need is a strong Internet connection.
It’s a Great Option for Those With Limitations
If you have a physical limitation and can’t easily get around or access most places, online therapy brings the benefits of counseling right to you. No one should have to disregard their mental health because of physical constraints.
Unfortunately, some therapists may not have offices that are equipped to accommodate those with physical disabilities or mobility issues. When you’re able to stay in your own home and talk, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get to your appointment.
Online therapy can also be a great option for those who are the primary caregivers of someone with a disability. When leaving an elderly or infirm person is not an option or when arranging supervision for them isn’t feasible, virtual visits with a counselor are an especially helpful choice.
You Can Relax and Open Up
Some people have a hard time opening up to counselors and therapists at first. It can be intimidating to sit in an office and talk about yourself face-to-face with a stranger.
Because online therapy can be done from the comfort of your own home, you may be more likely to relax, open up, and show some vulnerabilities. That can help your counselor to get to the bottom of any issues you might be facing sooner.
As online therapy continues to grow in popularity (and necessity, in some cases), more states are requiring insurance providers to cover online counseling sessions. If you’re not sure whether your insurance company covers virtual therapy sessions, a quick phone call can let you know.
Additionally, many therapists are able to charge a lower rate for online counseling. That’s because there is less overhead involved. So, even if your insurance doesn’t cover it, you may be able to attend online therapy for a lower cost than in-person sessions. Check with your counselor to find out what they can offer.
Is Online Therapy Here to Stay?
It’s strange to think that online therapy is still relatively new, considering everything the world has been going through over the last several months. We have become more dependent on technology than ever. But in many cases, that has helped people to stay connected. And, in turn, that connection benefits mental health stability and has allowed many to practice socially distancing for the benefit of their physical health.
Whether you can’t get around easily, you don’t live in an accessible area, or you’re just more comfortable talking from home, online therapy could be a good solution for you. Plus, it’s one that will likely continue to increase in popularity.
Are you interested in online therapy or would like more information about how it may benefit you? Please feel free to reach out to me. I’m happy to discuss my approach to online counseling.