In the past, when you went to a psychologist, you were considered “crazy”. Different taboos made people question the real purpose of psychology. Today, many people seek psychological counseling to acquire tools to deal with personal problems. The question that hangs in the air, however, is: “Is traditional therapy better than online therapy?”
Even though we are surrounded by technology, we still hesitate to use it in some contexts. Online therapy may sound good at first, but we may be wondering if it really works. Will it be like a face – to – face consultation? Will it be as effective?
If you choose an online therapist, you do not have to leave your home for your therapy.
1. Online therapy gives you flexibility
Imagine that you have a problem with emotional dependence, but that there is no therapist in your area who specializes in this. Thanks to technology, you can have a meeting with someone who really understands you and can give you the tools you need.
Online therapy also means that you can have your meetings in your home or in a place where you feel safe. This is important, because the goal is to feel comfortable and relaxed. It is also an advantage for those who live in remote areas, suffer from agoraphobia (square fear) or have limited mobility.
2. It is much cheaper
Many people imagine that technology and innovations lead to higher costs. However, this is not the case. It actually gets cheaper, because the meetings do not take place in any particular room and we have access to them via any device (computer, tablet, smartphone).
This is not only because we avoid transport costs, but also the therapist saves money. There is no need for waiting rooms, clinics or reception rooms. The therapist can communicate with clients from their own home, which reduces costs.
3. There are many different ways to communicate
Maybe we hesitate to try this form of consultation because we feel embarrassed to talk to an unknown person via electronic devices. This can seem very artificial and impersonal.
But a night therapist can offer different contact options, e.g. via email and phone calls. It is also possible to have an interactive consultation through video chat.
The best way to make an online therapy session feel like a face-to-face meeting is to talk via Skype or another platform where you can have audiovisual communication with your therapist. No matter which method you choose, the quality of the service is always the same.
4. There is a continuous follow-up of the treatment
Another positive aspect of online therapy is that it does not matter if you travel away or for some reason have to move. If you e.g. have a job that makes you often on the go, this is not a problem which means you have to get therapists around the world.
Your therapist can keep a continuous overview of your treatment without being guided by your travel plans. Wherever you are, you can continue your therapy without thinking about cancellations and rebookings. This benefits you because you do not have to risk your health due to circumstances that force you to change residence.
5. It increases trust
We may have a hard time talking about our problems with someone we do not know. Therefore, it can be easier to have access to therapy online, which allows us to stay in touch in different ways. Do we prefer to communicate by e-mail or telephone? We decide which forms of communication feel most secure with our therapist. It can be easier for us to express our experiences in writing or through a simple phone call. We choose which form of therapy suits us and how it should best be communicated.