Online Therapy: What you need to know
You say that you'd see a therapist if only you had the time. But even if you had the time, just getting to a therapist's office presents its own problems. Work, childcare, health issues, and other special circumstances often keep people from seeking the care they need. Left unaddressed, the impact of significant stressors---life transitions, parent-child concerns, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, etc.---can worsen. Your mental health can suffer if you're not able to care for yourself or your relationships in a timely manner. How could online therapy help?
Online therapy can offer a convenient and effective solution.
Individuals, couples, and families can all benefit from meeting with a therapist online. You no longer need to put off taking care of yourself or your loved ones. You can prioritize your mental health. Now you have a viable option to find a therapist who can meet with you at a time and place that is best for you. If you're wondering about how online therapy works, check out the infographic below for answers to some of your questions.
At the end of the day, online therapy isn't that different from traditional therapy.
There are definitely some technical and safety issues to consider, but once you have everything set up, the therapy will feel fairly similar to meeting in person. And if you are uncomfortable, talk to your therapist about it. They should welcome conversations about your experience and what you need to create an effective therapeutic relationship. And if relationships are particularly difficult for you---maybe you experience social anxiety---meeting with your therapist online may give you the space you need to work on developing intimacy in a way that feels safest to you.
Want to give it a try?
If you're interested in pursuing online therapy, feel free to contact me. I'm happy to talk to you about the process. And if you prefer to meet in person, we can also talk about using online therapy as a complement to your face-to-face visits.
In order to keep your sessions secure, I most commonly use Simple Practice's online platform. When necessary, I may also use Doxy.me. If you have questions about these platforms or other available options, please let me know!