If you are thinking about going to therapy to help you process some issues, deal with some anxiety or depression, or work through another mental illness, then good for you! Often, going to therapy is the first step toward greater health and wholeness. One option for pursuing your therapy is to look at virtual therapy. This is just like traditional therapy, except that you meet with your therapist and video chat sessions online. Some virtual therapists are also available via text message and email.
There are several reasons why you might want to consider virtual therapy. First of all, virtual therapy can allow you to work with any therapist, anywhere. If there is someone across the country or even another part of the world who specializes in what you’re dealing with, you can meet with them virtually rather than having to travel to them or even relocate your entire life to be near them. You also don’t have to settle for second best! If you can convince them, you can meet with the best therapist in the world virtually.
If you live in a rural or out-of-the-way area, this may be another reason that you want to pursue virtual therapy. In some places, there are few to no therapists available! This can mean that you will have to travel long distances to get the therapy that you so desire. On the other hand, it can also mean that you have to meet with a mediocre therapist simply because that is who is available to you. When you consider virtual therapy is an option, you realize you can meet with anyone.
Do you have physical limitations? If you are disabled or even housebound, you can meet with a virtual therapist from the comfort and safety of your own house. this can give you the freedom to deal with your issues even if getting out of the house is hard. No longer do you have to stress out yourself and/or a caregiver. Now, all you have to do is set up a computer and connect to your therapy session digitally.
Virtual therapy can also be more convenient than doing it the traditional way. When you are a new client, you usually have to take whatever session the therapist has left during regular business hours. If you work a job, this can make it especially difficult to get to your sessions regularly. When your meeting virtually, there is more flexibility on both ends. As long as the therapist is willing to work, you can meet with them whether their office is open or not!
Finally, virtual therapy should be just as affordable as regular therapy. Many states now have laws dictating that insurance companies must pay for your therapy whether it is digital or traditional. This means that you should be able to reap your insurance benefits when You’re talking with a virtual therapist. You should not have to pay any more for this type of counseling than you do when you meet with someone in an office.