E-counseling is taking off, with more options available than ever before. More people are aware that it exists, there are all sorts of pricing and subscription models for a variety of budgets, and of course, more mental health professionals are recognizing its potential. But does that mean that people are actually ditching their traditional therapists for e-counseling?
While online counseling is growing by leaps and bounds, it’s inevitable that many people actually are turning to it versus traditional counseling. Of course, e-counseling isn’t right for everyone, and for those who are content with traditional counseling, there’s no need to switch. But those that do switch from traditional to teletherapy have some very convincing reasons as to why:
- Busy or Unusual Schedules
It can be hard under the best circumstances to schedule regular appointments. Oftentimes, it’s simply a matter of both individuals schedules not working out. When you’re juggling many different obligations, need to arrange childcare, or work an unconventional schedule, it can become downright impossible. This is especially true for married couples who are in need of therapy. This is just one of many reasons why we are seeing so many couples looking for this type of counseling.
Online therapy, on the other hand, offers a lot more options for people with difficult to manage schedules. Therapy can happen in real time, but during hours that most traditional therapists don’t have available. Also, you don’t necessarily have to be restricted to a real time appointment. You can also have your counseling conducted via messages, so that you can message any time and your therapist will respond within a timely window.
- More Options for a Compatible Therapist
If you’ve ever been in therapy, you know that the connection between the therapist and the patient is important. Two therapists with identical qualifications might look the same on paper, but they might relate to an individual patient very differently. There are many reasons why it might be difficult to find a compatible therapist in your area. Perhaps there simply aren’t that many to choose from. Perhaps the style of therapy you need or prefer is very specific. Regardless of the reason, turning to e-counseling provides you with access to MANY more therapists so that you can find one that you’re compatible with.
- Less Intimidating
Some people avoid therapy, or don’t give their all-in therapy, because leaving the house and interacting with someone else face to face is just too much of an obstacle for them. It takes them too far out of their comfort zone, and they shut down and can’t make progress. For these people, e-therapy might be the right choice. It can be easier to be honest and vulnerable when in the safety and comfort of our own home, on our own terms.
With therapy not being covered under many insurance plans, finding an affordable therapist is a challenge for many. Online therapy offers more options and price points, which can make it accessible and reduce financial stress.
Is Switching to Online Counseling Right for You?
Whether or not online counseling is right for you depends on personal factors, but for many people it is the right choice. If traditional therapy is a burden for any of the reasons listed above, why not check it out?