The pandemic pushed a pause button on our lives, forced us all to stay indoors, sit with our thoughts, and look at ourselves in the mirror. Most of us have had to deal with a few demons while in lockdown, and some have had to seek the assistance of psychologist for this. However, online therapy has been the only option for psychologist, a form of communication most psychologist have avoided. But different times encourage us to try different methods, and online therapy has been the only way all psychologists have been working.
Psychologist have had to embrace change and turn to online therapy to continue their work. This medium of conducting therapy has some research that helps understand the effectiveness of online therapy. At The Thought Co. we too had to embrace the change and are now conducting our sessions using digit platforms. We keep use different platforms that include, but are not limited to Google meet, Skype, Zoom and Webex.
Most clients were compelled to start online therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some were hesitant, what online therapy gave them were things we did not know were possible. Convenience & Comfort! Clients no longer have to deal with the commute to gain access to quality mental health care. It is now a click away.
Evidence indicates that teletherapy patients experience similar results compared with control groups.
Online therapy provides quality mental health care and services to those in remote areas and to those who do not have access to mental health services. In addition, it saves a significant amount of time one would spend commuting to and from their psychologist clinic. If you have reliable internet access, online therapy gives you relatively quick and easy access to treatment that might not have been readily available to you otherwise.
Online therapy provides accessibility to those who are unable to leave their home for various reasons, such as caregiving responsibility, physical or mental illness.
As the therapist does not have any overhead cost of maintaining an office space quality online therapy can be affordable. Online therapy thus means we can learn more about health behaviors and coping strategies that will lead to better psychological health from the comfort of our own home.
A 2015 study found that internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy was just as effective as traditional face-to-face CBT in the treatment of anxiety disorders
Online therapy has received support from many of our clients who have utilized online mental health treatments and they report being “highly satisfied”. In one study, researchers found that online CBT combined with clinical care was effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and illness-related emotional distress. In some cases, the results indicated that some patients actually had better outcomes with online treatment than those who had traditional in-person CBT.
Online CBT combined with clinical care was effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and illness-related emotional distress.
Online therapy has some advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully considered. Before you decide if online therapy is right for you, think about issues such as confidentiality, ethical and legal issues as well as the qualifications of online therapists.