Bad weather, travel disruptions, illness, crisis or just simple convenience, whatever your reasons for turning to online therapy, you can now talk to a professional therapist in the comfort of your own home, work and abroad.
Talking to a professional therapist is getting easier thanks to the internet and new technology and it has so many great benefits. Online therapy is convenient, effective and allows you to talk to a professional therapist in the comfort of your own home, at work or from anywhere around the world when you need it most.
One of the top advantages of talking to a therapist online is that you are no longer restricted geographically by location when it comes to finding the right professional therapist for you. You can literally search the world for someone who you feel suits your needs best. Online therapy is increasingly popular with all types of people, particularly those who are already comfortable communicating and working online both socially or professionally.
Counsellors and psychotherapist are trained to provide professional therapeutic support to people in a time of crisis or who are effected by an unexpected traumatic event.
Who can benefit from online counselling?
Online therapy is suitable for all types of people, profiles and professions. It is particularly popular with people who are already using the internet on a daily basis and for those newbies to e-counselling, it shouldn’t take too long to get the hang off. Clients with disabilities and medical conditions who may be restricted physically can now access therapy without needing to leave home.
Online therapy is a great option for the Irish ex-pat community abroad as it allows native Irish people to talk to a professional therapist who they feel they can connect and identity with better than perhaps a local speaking therapist.
New mothers and parents who are often restricted by childcare can now get the support of a professional therapist online without having to leave home or arrange childcare.
Professionals with hectic schedules and busy diaries, shift workers and anyone struggling with work life balance may find online therapy more suitable to their demanding lifestyle.
Business owners and the self-employed who cannot afford to spend time leaving their office to get to a therapy practice and also businesses who want their staff and managers to access therapy from the workplace can benefit for online therapy. Essentially online counselling can be beneficial to many people who want to talk to a professional in confidence virtually at the click of a button.
What are the benefits of online therapy?
The obvious benefits of online therapy are accessibility and convenience. Being able to talk to a professional therapist in the comfort of your home or work saves time, money and potential stress travelling and parking.
There are several other benefits you may not have thought off that might make you seriously consider going online for therapy and finding a therapist.
Typically, therapist who work online provide an online booking system on their website which means you can view, book and schedule your appointments online without having to phone and check if their diary suits your schedule.
Most online booking systems allow you to reschedule or cancel appointments directly saving you time and hassle if something come’s up that means you can’t get to your scheduled appointment. This is really handy for most people, particularly professionals and parents who know that things can come up unexpectedly.
Most online therapist and counsellors provide online payment facilities so that you can pay for your appointment in advance using your credit or debit card. No more needing to get to the ATM to withdrawn cash ahead of your appointment.
The nature of online therapy means that you can spend time researching and finding the right therapist for your needs around your country and even the world rather than being restricted to a therapist that is local to your area who may not be the right type of therapist. With online therapist directories such as onlinecounselling.com and psychologytoday.com you can profile therapists who specialise in specific fields, problems, conditions, faiths and therapy models which may be the best fit for not only your specific needs but also your unique personality.
Many professional therapists are trained in either general counselling and/or specific fields and they also have a perfect client which they know they work best with and get good results. That perfect client could be you. Finding the right therapist fit can mean getting results and making progress faster. Make sure to read up on their website bio to check if they have related training in the problems you are experiencing.
Online therapy can be a positive therapeutic intervention in a time of crisis. Crisis’s happen unexpectedly and being able to talk to a professional therapist quickly and conveniently can be the difference between coping well or not being able to function at all. Counsellors and psychotherapist are trained to provide professional therapeutic support to people in a time of crisis or who are effected by an unexpected traumatic event.
When is online counselling not appropriate?
While online therapy has many benefits, it is also not the best option for everyone. Clients who are well used to the intimacy of face to face therapy in the room with their therapist may find it difficult to adapt of virtual therapy. It also requires a level of technical ability and may not be suited to people who find it difficult to use computers and the internet in general. People who find it difficult to communicate and express themselves may find online therapy an unsuitable and more challenging. It is also not suitable for anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Finally, men and women who are experiencing severe mental health problems, risk of self-harm and suicidal tendencies are recommended to seek advice from their medical professional directly and attend traditional face to face professional therapy instead of online counselling.
Therapists like myself who work online with clients regularly are used to helping make new clients feel more comfortable with online therapy. Just like with regular face to face therapy it takes time to get used to talking with your therapist online and develop a therapeutic relationship. Preparing for your online therapy session in advance can make all the difference to your online counselling experience.
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