“We don’t have to do all of it alone.
We were never meant to.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, online therapy has become the norm rather than the exception. We have found that online therapy has been an excellent way to continue the delivery of essential services to our clients. At this time, Thrive for the People is offering online therapy to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff members. Our clients have found virtual sessions to be a smooth and seamless process. If you have questions or concerns about online counseling, please contact us for more information.
Technology has made it easier to participate in counseling than ever before. There are many benefits to online therapy sessions. You might be considering online counseling due to your busy schedule, difficult commute, physical limitations/disability, limited access to transportation, or limited options for therapists in your area. Online counseling can be a great solution to those challenges. You can avoid the travel time and transportation barriers by using your computer, tablet, or smart phone to connect with your therapist during the time and at a location that is most convenient for you.
Attending therapy sessions online cuts down on missed appointments due to traffic, unforeseen circumstances related to transportation, and illness, which means more consistent treatment and faster healing and recovery time. Online therapy also offers solutions for individuals who live in remote areas or who live abroad with limited options for therapy.
In our experience providing online therapy, the connection and relationship that is formed through online therapy is just as authentic and warm as one that is formed in person. Clients have shared with us that engaging in therapy in the comfort of their own homes sometimes feel more safe. Therefore, they feel comfortable being even more open and vulnerable in online therapy sessions. We find that we are able to make significant progress with our clients through online therapy as we can in person. Studies have shown that online therapy can be just as beneficial as in-person therapy for many people.
There are several important factors to consider when you and your therapist decide together whether online counseling is a good fit for you. The first factor is whether your concerns are best treated through an online platform. For example, if you are struggling with severe symptoms, your therapist may be better able to assess how you are doing if they can see you in person and to respond to emergencies as needed. The second factor is the access to dependable technology. Technology glitches can include frozen screens, low-resolution video, dropped calls, microphone issues, etc. that can impact the experience of online therapy. Familiarity with and access to technology as well as establishing back-up plans are necessary for successful online counseling sessions.
The third factor is security of your confidential information. Online therapy should be provided via HIPAA compliant videoconference programs that encrypts your information before transmitting it over the internet. However, any time information is communicated over the internet, even in an encrypted form, there is a risk to information security and client confidentiality and privacy. Here at Thrive for the People, we use the HIPAA compliant online therapy platform Simple Practice to ensure privacy and security of our client’s information. The fourth factor is some insurance companies will not cover online counseling. It is important to check with your insurance company ahead of time to make sure that online counseling is a covered benefit.
When participating in counseling services online, it’s important that your privacy is protected. We use the HIPAA compliant videoconference program Simple Practice to provide online therapy. You can access the online sessions on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. We ask that you have the technology, consistent and fast internet connection, and privacy that you will need to engage in therapy online.
Participating in counseling can fit into your busy lifestyle. Do you have questions regarding online counseling? Unsure if it will be the best fit for you and your lifestyle? Our team can help answer any questions you may have about virtual therapy sessions. If you are interested in exploring online counseling schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. We can decide together whether online counseling is the best fit for you.
Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit.
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