What is Online Therapy?
Online therapy/counselling is a new dimension to the counselling field. It is not a substitute for traditional face to face counselling sessions in an office environment, rather it should be viewed as an opportunity to ensure that people are able to continue to receive the support that they require when lives competing obligations get in the way, which results in clients being unable to attend their office session.
ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE THERAPY
- Engage in a therapeutic session from the comfort of your home, office, phone, laptop, or tablet.
- Where ever you have access to a WIFI service you can access your therapist
- You can access your therapist at your convenience ensuring your sessions fit in with your lifestyle
- Therapy sessions can be accessed by those that are home bound, have no access to reliable transport, or live in remote areas.
- Access to different types of therapy such as email, texts and live chat therapy are supports that are readably accessible online with the therapist you have built a repor with
- A significant number of clients indicate their preference for E Therapy as opposed to traditional counselling. They declare that the distance makes the session feel less intimidating.
- Online therapy is less expensive than traditional therapy since the therapist does not have to charge a fee to cover the rent, therefore, the savings are past on to the client.
- The greatest disadvantage to e therapy is the difficulty of the therapist picking up on the nonverbal ques that are evident in traditional sessions, such as, body language, facile gestures and voice tones.
- The reluctance of insurance companies to pay for online therapy
- Great deal of responsibility falls on the shoulders of clients to ensure the therapist is who he/she claims to be, and that his/her credentials are what they claim to be.
- Disruption to internet service can often cause frustration in the middle of a session
- Online therapy can pose some extra risks to confidentiality