Is online therapy as effective as traditional therapy? For many of us, the idea of going through a whole day without access to our smartphones and the internet may seem unimaginable. Just think about the panic that sets in when you’re driving and realize you have no signal (no Google Maps!) Or the frustration you feel when you can’t reach friends and family because of a wifi dead zone.
We embrace the benefits of technology in various areas of our lives, so why not try it with therapy? In online therapy, the therapeutic work is the same but it takes place virtually instead of in person in an office. Unsure about it? Here are some reasons why online therapy might be for you:
With online therapy, you have the option of doing it anywhere. This means instead of squeezing onto the crowded subway at rush hour to see your therapist you could be sitting on your couch, in your PJs, sipping coffee. If the time commitment has been an obstacle for attending therapy in the past, online therapy cuts out the commute time.
To get the maximum benefit out of therapy, it’s important to see your therapist regularly. However, for many, consistently attending therapy is difficult. This may be due to frequent travel or an inconsistent work schedule. With online therapy, this problem is solved. Online therapy gives you flexibility because you don’t have to go into your therapist’s office each time and you have the option to have early morning, late night, and weekend appointments.
If you feel uncomfortable going into a therapist’s office, online therapy is a great solution. Maybe it’s your first time trying therapy, or you’re nervous about what others might think. Online therapy is a great way to feel safe and comfortable during the therapy process. At Cobb Psychotherapy we use 100% HIPAA compliant video software.
Being able to carve out time during your day to attend a session isn’t the only obstacle—there are also financial barriers to consider. We often forget about the additional costs to therapy outside of the actual session fee. Online therapy allows you to save money on travel (subway fare or parking) as well as any other costs, such as daycare, that you need to consider when meeting with a therapist in person.
Many people have circumstances that make it hard to get to an in-person appointment. Perhaps you’re a parent and it’s hard to find childcare, or difficulties with mobility make attending a session in person challenging. These things don’t have to be a barrier to getting the therapy you need. It’s as easy as sitting down in front of your computer.
If you live in a remote area or small town there may be a shortage of qualified therapists who meet your therapeutic needs. Online therapy is a great solution because it opens up the possibility of finding a therapist who is the right fit.
If you decide to try online therapy our team will support you in setting up both your tech and your space in order to have a seamless experience. All you need is internet access and a computer with a webcam.
Contact us to learn more or to set up a free 15-minute phone consult.
For more information, visit our main website: www.CobbPsychotherapy.com