Is Online Therapy Right For Me?

Believe it or not, online (or virtual) therapy has been available for more than 20 years. At that time, video chat was not available. Virtual therapy actually began with phone therapy sessions, then after some time both text and email therapy became an option.

However, the adoption of technology for remote therapy sessions was slow to come about for patients and therapists.

When COVID began in March 2020, online therapy “virtually” exploded (pun intended).

Many clients who thought they would never want to use it found that they had no choice if they wanted to continue their treatment. The sudden jump in use of virtual therapy sessions was a necessity at the time, but it turned out to be a really great thing for both patients and providers.

In fact, a recent study revealed that more than half of those studied prefer therapy options other than in-person appointments.

Most therapists had to make the switch just to keep their practices going. But once they tried it, clients and therapists found it to be a wonderfully helpful alternative.

What are the benefits of online therapy?

Virtual therapy sessions provide many benefits and has made therapy much more accessible. For many people, getting to a brick-and-mortar location for therapy is just not an option due to many factors such as a physical disability or lack of transportation options.

Some people are also in situations where an abusive partner would not allow them to go to therapy. In these cases, it’s much easier for the victim to attend virtual sessions without their partner knowing.

That is a rather extreme example, but it does happen. There are many valid reasons for preferring online therapy, such as simply having a very busy schedule.

Having to drive long distances and take significant time out of a busy schedule to seek therapy can be a burden on many people in need of help, even for those who live nearby. Online therapy offers quick and easy access to treatment that might not have been readily available to many people otherwise.

In addition, individuals who are unable to leave their home for a variety of reasons may now have access to mental health services.

In summary, some reasons online therapy may be a great fit for you because…

  • If you have children, you only have to find childcare for the time of the session rather than the travel time to and from the appointment, as well.
  • If you cannot or do not drive, you don’t have to arrange a ride or pay to use public transportation to get to and from therapy.
  • Online therapy sessions are easier to fit into a jam-packed schedule of a very busy person
  • It’s proven to be just as effective as in-person therapy
  • It’s easier to attend sessions without having to tell anyone you’re attending sessions – if safety is a concern
  • Those who suffer from social anxiety may find online sessions to be less pressure
  • Extreme weather (such as snowstorms) will not affect the ability for the therapist and client to meet since they can both meet in their own homes

Are there downsides to online therapy?

In our opinion, the benefits of online therapy vastly outweigh any downsides. However, we think it’s important to note the downsides so you can decide if online therapy is right for you.

One main downside is that technology is not perfect – sometimes the sound or video quality may be bad. Or there may be connectivity or wifi issues on one party’s end. This can be very frustrating, especially if you’re not a tech-savvy person that can easily troubleshoot this type of issue.

Another downside is that insurance companies may not cover online therapy – so make sure to check with yours before booking an appointment.

Some may argue that it’s harder for therapists to read their patient’s body language during the session since they cannot see your whole body. We personally have not found this to be an issue, but we can see why this may be a downside in certain scenarios.

Overall, there are very few downsides compared to the many benefits.

Where can I get online therapy?

We at Equipoise Teletherapy found that online therapy was a great addition to our services, and we also added a new practice model that’s based exclusively on providing online therapy!

We’re still Chicago Behavioral Health, LLC for those who wish to continue (or resume) in-person therapy, but now we’re proud to be known as Equipoise Teletherapy for our online services.

It’s important to note that we are clearly not the only option for online therapy. There are many membership-based therapy services available as well as private practice options.

Obviously we think we are a fantastic option, but we also believe that it’s important to find the best fit for you, wherever that may be.

Most of our clients find the online service to be so convenient and helpful, that they chose to continue even after we reopened our offices for in-person therapy! 

Keeping your personal information private is a major concern in psychotherapy, but our online platform uses the highest level of security to protect your confidentiality. We consider your privacy to be just as important in online therapy as it is in traditional psychotherapy.

While you should keep the limitations mentioned above in mind, we have found online therapy to be extremely helpful for most everyone and you certainly can’t beat the convenience of showing up for your appointments from the comfort of your own home !Please contact us or click here to set up an appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about online therapy, we would be happy to speak with you.

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