Maybe you were involved in face-to-face, traditional therapy before all this coronavirus uncertainty, but now you are forced to meet with your therapist online to continue the process of mental health virtually. Or perhaps you have never been involved in therapy before, but the self-isolation that comes along with the lockdowns and restrictions has begun to take its toll on you and you have started looking into online sessions, or distance counseling.
Distance counseling is mental health counseling that happens with the use of any electronics to facilitate counseling or therapy with a patient without visiting a therapist in-person. Teletherapy uses audio and/or video sources online as a way of communication between patient and therapist. This happens through email, text message, video chat, or over the phone. Teletherapy is very quickly becoming a very important source for an increasing number of people, especially with the coronavirus pandemic above our heads.
Benefits of Distance Counseling
Although nothing could ever replace traditional therapy, the need for alternatives is imperative during the recent health crisis. Distance therapy is just as effective as face-to-face therapy and is a very realistic alternative. It is effective in treating a variety of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and addiction counseling, and much more. Not only is distance counseling helpful during this pandemic, but it is also helpful all the time and for many different reasons. Distance counseling broadens the horizons to those who never have had the option of counseling before. There are many benefits including:
- Those in more remote areas or rural places may not have access to mental health services. Distance counseling gives more people access to counseling they may not normally have.
- It is helpful to those with social anxiety or maybe other psychological limitations. Distance counseling allows people to get the help they need in the comfort of their own home helping them alleviate the stress they might feel from going to an actual office for counseling.
- Those with busy schedules find that online counseling is more accessible for them because they can fit it around their busy schedules to a time that is more convenient for them.
- Distance counseling allows people to feel more at ease and can allow them to open up more about what they are going through. For some people, doing this face to face can be difficult.
According to mentalhealth.gov:
Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental health problems and less than 20% of children and adolescents receive needed treatment.
Distance counseling offers all the same benefits you can get with face-to-face counseling, but now online counseling can be used successfully by more people who need it. Dealing with problems such as mental health issues is not easy to face alone. With the help of a virtual therapist that is only a click of a button away, the process of healing can become a lot easier.
You don’t have to go it alone
Depression, sadness, anxiety disorders, addictions, stress, and worry can make it difficult to find happiness in your life. We all need support at different times in our lives. Most of our clients seek help when their current way of dealing with life’s challenges no longer works for them. With a caring, non-judgmental and solution-focused approach, we will explore your issues and challenges in a safe therapeutic environment at our private practice in Delray Beach, Florida.
We also offer remote online therapy from the comfort and security of home that will allow you to learn more effective ways of managing your anxiety, depression, or relationship problems.