The current generation, no doubt, values mobility and technology. Computers, smartphones, and telecommuting jobs have brought a major change in the work environment. People no longer have to be physically present in order for communication to take place. This has made it possible for people to work from basically any location in the world.
One of the biggest advantages of technology is flexibility. The psychological world has not been left behind with this new advent. Therapists are increasingly embracing telehealth counseling. This type of counseling involves therapy sessions being conducted through video conference. Patients can choose to either go for individual or group counseling. The video sessions can be conducted anywhere and at any time that fits the schedules of both the client and therapist.
There are many benefits of online counseling. Already, there are several studies that show that when internet counseling is combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), it’s very effective on various clinical issues. Other benefits include:
Telehealth counseling is easily available to anyone who wishes to use it. Web counseling overcomes barriers that may discourage others from seeking therapy. For instance, people living in remote or rural areas where counseling services are not easily accessible will benefit greatly from online counseling.
Individuals with disabilities or people who are unable to leave their homes are able to access telehealth counseling with minimal inconvenience.
Telehealth counseling eliminates the need for attending therapy sessions physically. This helps clients communicate more freely and openly without concerns for age, race, size, physical appearance, or gender. In turn, this may result in increased levels of honesty and, thus, higher validity in self-disclosure cases. After all, the internet can provide a level of anonymity that is seen by many as non-threatening allowing some form of invisibility that’s to a certain extent disinhibiting.
Both the client and the therapist have the convenience of conducting therapy sessions at different times that best suit them. This style of therapy makes it possible for therapists to easily provide services to clients as they can potentially schedule appointments within 24 hours. Also, therapists can extend their services over a larger geographical area.
For individuals who may find it uncomfortable to attend therapy physically or who are suffering from anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, or social phobias, telehealth counseling will be a better and a more preferred option for them.
Web counseling has shown to be very economical for the client as well as the therapist. Compared to traditional counseling services, therapists save on commercial space and rent money, therefore, lowering the overhead costs of property, and capital. Clients save on commuting expenses.
5. Fewer missed sessions
Although therapy is regarded as important, there are times when things get in the way of people keeping their appointments. For example, an end of day meeting may run late or there may be a lot of traffic. Such unexpected occurrences may cause missed appointments. As a result, this may lead to negative effects on your mental health. Having telehealth counseling sessions gives you the power to have your therapy sessions anywhere.