5 Reasons to Consider Online Therapy
You may have heard of “tele-medicine” either in the news or on a news-type show. Some of us are old enough to remember when the astronauts went up into space the newscasters talked about how their health was monitored back on earth. That was telemedicine. As far back as 1964, telemedicine was used to communicate between two psychiatric facilities. It was used for educational purposes and consultations between specialists and general practitioners. The popularity of telemedicine has had an ebb and flow over the years depending on funding sources. One major use of telemedicine is to provide health care to people in remote areas.
Some people may think this is an impersonal way of treating a patient. But since the alternative is sometimes the patient doesn’t get the best care, it is a method of care that should be considered.
Telemedicine has branched off into tele-behavioral health. Telemedicine is when a medical doctor sees a patient and may suggestion a regiment of medications and other treatment. Tele-behavioral health is when a person with mental health issues meets with their therapist, counselor, social worker, etc. via electronic means. Sometimes it is called online counseling.
I’m going to talk about 5 reasons why I think it would be beneficial for clients to consider meeting with their counselor/therapist via electronic means.
1. It saves time. If a person is in a rural location and the only counselor is in a city 20 or more miles away, the client would have to take time off from work to drive to the office. Living in a large metropolitan area like DFW can mean the counselor the person wants to see may be 20 or more miles away, too. It takes time to drive across country or town to get to an appointment. At certain times of the day, a 20 -mile journey can take over an hour in the DFW area. So not only does the client have their mental health issues going on but additional stress is added just by having to drive to the appointment.
2. You can be in a place where you are comfortable. You can sit back in your recliner and talk to the counselor via phone, iPad, tablet or computer. You are in your surroundings.
3. There are no parking problems. Even if a counselor’s office is in an office building or a strip of offices, parking can be a problem. You have already dodged crazy drivers on the way, but then you have to drive around to find a parking place.
4. You won’t run into someone you know. Have you ever been on the way into your doctor’s office and you see a friend coming out of his/her doctor’s office or maybe it’s the same doctor you are going to see? How awkward is that?
5. Video sessions can be very secure and confidential. There are a number of companies which specialize in providing online therapy sessions for counselors and therapists. Some of them you go through a client portal and sign in. You don’t have to download any programs on your device. Some programs have bank level security in their program.
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About the Author
Gay A. Hunter, M.Div., LPC-S, is a licensed professional counselor supervisor who graduated from Brite Divinity School at TCU. She committed to partner with you to transform your life. She owns a private practice in Fort Worth, TX. She specializes in online therapy. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. To find out more about Gay click here: