Are you looking for a way to relieve stress, anxiety or relationship struggles without leaving the conform of your home or without having to worry about your schedule while on the road? Online therapy might be the answer. This form of counselling has become very popular over the last decade. According to the National Council for Community Behavioural Healthcare, nearly half (48%) of adults who seek mental health treatment report receiving psychological services from a mental health professional or therapist at least once during their lifetime.
With the rise of smartphones and tablets, video chat apps such as Teams and Zoom, and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, online therapy has become much easier to access.
What is online therapy?
Online therapy is a form of psychotherapy that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. It’s an effective way to get help for depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Online therapists are trained professionals who use their skills to provide you with support and guidance. You can access this treatment from your sofa at home, at the desk in the office or even from the seat in your car (do not drive while being on a call!).
You can choose to meet on video with your online therapist or talk via phone, the choice is yours. Some people prefer to speak directly with their therapist, while others find it more comfortable to communicate through text messages or email. We prefer video calls for a more realistic observation of your emotions and immediate reactions to our questions and situations we discuss.
What to expect from Online therapy
When you first start working with an online therapist, you may feel nervous about meeting someone new. However, most online therapists are experienced clinicians who understand how difficult it can be to open up to strangers. They will make sure to put you at ease by answering any questions you may have. First, it’s important to choose a reputable provider. Look for someone who is certified. Some therapists may work with insurance cover online therapy. Make sure they have experience treating the type of issue you’re dealing with. Be sure to read reviews from past clients before making your decision.
Once you’ve selected a provider, you’ll need to schedule an initial consultation. During this session, you’ll discuss your goals for therapy and develop a treatment plan. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you have about the process. After your initial consultation, you’ll begin receiving regular therapy sessions from your provider. These sessions will usually last 50-60 minutes and can be conducted via phone or video. You’ll typically meet with your therapist once per week.
Your online therapist may ask you some screening questions before beginning therapy. These questions include:
These questions are to see if you can benefit from virtual therapy sessions.
Benefits of Sticking with Online Therapy
Mind Body Improvements
Dealing With A Difficult Life Transition
Finding the right online therapist
Finding an online therapist is not as easy as it sounds. There are many different types of therapists out there, and they all have their own specialities. Some specialise in couples counselling, while others focus on individual therapy. Some even offer both options for you!
However, finding the best online therapy services can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect online therapist for your needs.
Look at Their Experience
Check Out Reviews
Consider Your Needs
Ask About Specialisations
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Common types of Online Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)
Existential therapy is focused on helping you explore your beliefs, values, and attitudes. It aims to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses to become aware of your true self. Existential therapy is great for anyone dealing with existential mental health crisis, grief, and loss.
Gestalt therapy is a holistic approach to treating mental illness. It focuses on identifying behavioural and thought patterns that contribute to negative emotions and unhealthy lifestyles. Gestalt therapy is often used to treat eating disorders and substance abuse.
This therapy is based on the belief that we are all connected to a higher power. This higher power can help us overcome challenges in our lives. Spiritual explorations can help you connect with your spirituality and find peace in your life.
Video counselling is becoming increasingly popular because it offers a convenient way to receive therapeutic mental health services without leaving home. Video counselling sessions allow you to connect with a counsellor via webcam.
What does an Online therapist do?
Online therapists are trained professionals who provide psychological services via the internet. They use various methods to help you overcome emotional issues. Some of these methods include:
An excellent online therapist will listen to you carefully without judgement. They will ask questions to get more information about your problem. They will encourage you to express your feelings and concerns. Online therapists also provide other forms of support like homework and assignments.
Most Convenient Features of Online Counseling
Online counselling has many advantages, but the most convenient features have to do with accessibility and scheduling. You can easily access online counselling from anywhere at any time, and you can also schedule sessions that fit your busy schedule.
One of the benefits is cost. You don’t have to travel to see an online therapist, which saves you money. Online therapy cost savings can vary depending on where you live.
Secure & Confidential
Time-saving and Accessibility
Who Is Online Therapy Good For?
Things to Consider with Online Therapy
Thinking about Privacy
Security and privacy are most important when considering online therapy platforms. Make sure to do your research and check any issues out with your therapist or provider depending which way you choose to go. Online counselling services should always take measures to protect client sensitive data.
Planning for technical issues
Being aware of what might feel different online
There’s less seeing of facial expressions, body language, etc so please make sure your camera shows you clearly if you are using video, it really helps to bridge the gap of not being in person. It may take a while for you to settle in and feel more comfortable. Many people find that the quality of care is just as good, if not better. Online therapy is still therapy. You will be working with a professional who can help you address mental health care needs.
Online Counselling Results
It is widely known that online counselling has been on the rise in recent years. Online counselling offers many benefits, such as convenience and anonymity(if essential). But how effective is online counselling? A recent study by the University of Manchester found that online counselling can be just as effective as face-to-face counselling. The study found that online counselling can help reduce anxiety and depression and improve well-being.
While an online therapy programme isn’t right for everyone, it may be a viable option for those who need support from a qualified professional but don’t want to leave their homes or are otherwise obstructed from doing so.
Question & Answers
ONLINE COUNSELLING - FAQ
Is online counselling the same as therapy?
Everything is built around the relationship you have with the therapist, whether it is online or in person, there are some slight differences in body position etc but nothing noticeable, over time technology has evolved and we don’t notice any difference in our results.
Is online counselling effective?
Yes online counselling is very effective, in the same way person to person is effective, it all depends on the therapist and the client.
Can I be diagnosed through an online therapy session?
Therapists do not get involved in diagnosis of anything.
Do you offer online counselling for alcoholism?
Yes we work with alcohol and addictions every day, it's a common reason people come to online therapy.
How does online counselling work?
It's a simple process of assessment, then booking in your sessions and getting going, we pick a new meeting time for the following week each session, and start off on the journey to see what we uncover.
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In their own words
I had therapy with Jason over the period of 9 months while struggling with a relationship break up. Jason helped me understand myself, my cravings and the darkness I experienced which has really helped me move on and feel free in my life, cannot recommend enough.
Jason really helped me with my eating disorder, I had been struggling my whole life and tried so many other ways to find help but they were all temporary solutions. Jason helped me see how much I contributed towards my own misery, and that I could live a life free of these struggles now.
This was a miraculous experience of seeing a deeper dimension of life. I saw myself as having the weight of the world on my shoulders and it only took a moment to see that it was all just imaginary, I saw myself in a new light, life got easier and more fun immediately.