Article by Irving Schattner
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As technology continues to innovate and connect people seamlessly via smartphones, tablets, and laptops, it has become easier to get help for emotional/psychological problems. The advent of online therapy from the comfort and security of home allows trained psychotherapists to assist clients regardless of their physical location. All that’s needed is an internet connection to conduct online therapy sessions.
There are many reasons to choose online therapy over traditional in-office counseling. Often it may be difficult to arrive at the therapist’s office because of your remote location or transportation problems. With online therapy, you never have to leave the house and get to reap all of the benefits of face-to-face sessions. Online therapy is less intimidating with less stigma attached, and you can choose between having a single session to try it out for ongoing therapy.
It is entirely possible to engage in online counseling with a trained psychotherapist from home, work, or even while traveling. This method of counseling is generally more affordable than face-to-face therapy sessions, and you get to save on gas without the need of traveling to a therapist’s office. Online therapy offers flexible scheduling to accommodate your schedule. People with physical limitations or a limited ability to travel can benefit greatly from online therapy. If you relocate frequently, it gives you the opportunity to keep the same therapist for a continuum of care. The benefits of online therapy are endless and continue to be discovered as more people make the jump to online counseling.
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Effectiveness of Online Therapy
There have been many studies pointing to the fact that video therapy and online counseling are effective tools that help reduce the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and a host of other psychiatric conditions. A peer-reviewed study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, took a close look at studies of online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) conducted between 2000 and 2012. They found that CBT is a widely used and well-researched form of therapy, with most studies saying face-to-face forms of this treatment are highly effective. CBT focuses on reducing negative thoughts, thereby changing behavior and alleviating symptoms. Most of the studies tracked participants for eight weeks to two years after undergoing online therapy sessions from home. Researchers conclusively found that online cognitive-behavioral therapy could effectively reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. In some cases, online therapy was even more effective than traditional in-office therapy. The evidence supporting online therapy’s effectiveness is significant and continues to grow.
About the Author - Irving Schattner, LCSW
9/18/2017 06:35:47 pm
I love the idea of online therapy. It's great that the study those people did showed that at-home counseling was still effective. I'm definitely a home body, so being able to stay home and still get therapy would be great.
10/4/2018 01:08:21 am
I'm really glad that you talked about how people can people can properly engage in online counseling with a psychotherapist even while they are at home or are traveling. My sister suffers from anxiety and panic attacks from time to time. She often does not have to seek professional help because of her busy work schedule, which I think has worsened her anxiety. I'll be sure to advise her to go look for online therapy so she can be guided by a professional even when she's away on assignment.
9/28/2020 03:40:52 pm
It's good to know that you won't need to leave the house with online therapy! My cousin was telling me a couple of nights ago about how he has been struggling with really bad panic attacks for the past couple of months, and he was wondering if seeing a therapist online would be beneficial because of quarantine. I'll make sure to pass this information along to him so that he can know the benefits of online therapy!
11/6/2020 12:38:10 pm
I am pleased that this article pointed out that online counseling sessions can be just as effective as one-on-one sessions. My sister has anxiety and panic attacks, and I think it would benefit her if she attended counseling. Due to her busy schedule, I will recommend her to consider online counseling.
1/21/2021 06:11:11 pm
My cousin has been thinking about getting some extra therapy because she wants to prevent a fall back into depression. Making sure that she can get some help from a professional could allow her to be more productive with her work. I liked what you said about how she can reduce her bad behavior by reducing negative thoughts by getting some CBT treatment.
6/3/2021 09:46:19 am
Really nice post. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. Hope you will share more about the benefits of Online Therapy. In this CORONA pandemic, HopeQure helped me a lot to come out from anxiety and depression.
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