Our clinic offers video and over the phone therapy sessions. We apply the same ethos and goals to our online therapy as our in-person methods. Depending on your therapist, email correspondence is a possible outlet, allowing for more time to reflect on emotions and feelings before checking in. This “zone of reflection” applies to video and phone therapy as well, allowing for less perceived pressure in answering exploratory questions.
Technology and therapy are not strangers, to say the least, and telehealth has been a supportive asset in the mental health world for a while now. Its importance is much more apparent in today’s climate, where if online services weren’t offered, people wouldn’t be able to seek help. The benefits of telehealth/telepsychology/teletherapy have been widely studied over the past few decades and countless trials have discovered that the use of online therapeutic services can be just as effective as in-person counseling and medicine. According to the Journal of Affective Disorder, The Cyberpsychology Journal, and The Journal of Behavior and Networking, even messaging therapy is as beneficial as traditional, face to face methods.
This advancement in the mental health field is a massive step for many individuals who did not have access to care, have chronic illnesses that prevent them from leaving their homes, and those who cannot afford a traditional route to psychiatric care. The benefits of utilizing online therapy, regardless of the COVID-19 context, are vast. Unnecessary stigma, unfortunately, is still attached to seeking mental health treatment, and having the option to receive treatment in your own home can be a major supportive factor in even getting help.
For many people, especially those with anxiety, depression, and trauma, receiving treatment in their own, safe space seems like a much more achievable and mentally do-able option than traveling to a therapist, being in an unknown environment for an extended period, and not having the freedom to dictate some of the smaller, comforting details. Using telehealth has also been shown to increase feelings of a more even playing field for the client, allowing discovery of the core issues much quicker. Alongside this, is an increased sense of anonymity that is oftentimes a major barrier towards digging into the actual roots of symptoms and mental health struggles. Our clinic aims to ensure a sense of horizontal learning and empathy throughout all of our online and in-person sessions and all interactions with you.