Benefits of Online Therapy
As communication becomes easier to do online, more and more therapists are starting to offer online therapy to fulfil the increasing demand of people that prefer to use the internet for counselling services. This is made very easy and very cheap as communication systems such as skype that is now being enjoyed in every single living room across the world.
Therapists report that they have an increasing number of clients that are asking for online therapy. Due to customer demand, therapists are now looking to the internet to expand their client base and increase their income. This has been a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties. Clients who prefer the anonymity of the internet and the ease of doing counselling in their own home like online therapy a lot, and therapists can enjoy the extra income and the convenience of not meeting clients. This could be especially helpful for those people who have a fear of going outside their home or are too heavy to leave their house.
Another reason clients prefer to use online services such as webcam and skype is because they feel more in control of the session. This, after all, is the purpose of therapy; the counsellor is only the facilitator in helping clients work through their own issues. Online therapy is a goal oriented type of counselling in which the client's treatment focuses solely on fixing troubling issues.
Besides the convenient nature of counselling online and the enhanced comfort that both the therapist and the client feel, conducting therapy online has been shown to be very efficient. When the therapist and the client can see each other, it still makes the therapy intimate enough for both parties to feel a connection. Another great benefit of this is that the internet can connect clients to therapists that they would not have access to otherwise.
Online therapy can also be a useful resource for people who live in remote or rural areas in which it is hard to drive to the city just to see a therapist. This can be a very time efficient and money efficient way to conduct therapy for these individuals.
Finding an online counsellor may be a difficult task, but here are some things to make your search a bit easier:
- Free service or consultation. It is important to check which therapists provide free support through email and their willingness to keep in touch with you.
- If possible, look for and read every book your counsellor has written so far. His / her writings will give you a better understanding of his/her skills, background and therapy methods. Also look for online reviews from past clients. These reviews are usually very truthful.
- Another important aspect is the payment arrangements. Use secure payment channels like paypal or payoneer, and make sure that the payment amount is agreed upon by both parties.
Online therapy is a very useful and effective service that is making it even easier for anyone to get the mental health they deserve.
Does this sound like your problem? Contact a counsellor free of charge now.