Online therapy: There’s no time like the present

Social distancing and business closure restrictions due to COVID-19 have affected therapists and clients alike. The relationship that a therapist and their client build together is extremely valuable but is also at jeopardy during these trying times. In an effort to preserve that relationship, many people are venturing to try something new: online therapy. This type of therapy can include video calls, phone appointments, or text messaging. Although many are reluctant at first, some clients who give it a chance find that they like it even better than in-person counselling. Whether you are someone who is currently in therapy, or someone who might be interested in starting, here are some of the reasons that online therapy might be for you during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  1. Times are tough: Whether you see a therapist regularly or not, you likely feel an increase in stress and anxiety during these uncertain times. Contrary to societal belief, you don’t need a diagnosed mental health disorder to seek therapy. A good therapist can help you cope with daily life struggles and stressors, and all of this can be done through video or over the phone.
  2. More flexibility: Online therapy allows you to have your session anywhere that you have access to the internet or your phone, and adequate privacy. This can be at home, at the office, or even in your car. In the future, being comfortable with online therapy may allow you to access your therapist regardless of your geographical location, which could particularly come in handy on vacations, business trips, or if you relocate for school.
  3. Time saver: While online therapy isn’t likely to save you money (the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario recommends charging the same for online face-to-face therapy), it might save you some commute time. If you work and prefer a daytime appointment, doing your session from wherever you work will save you a drive and will only cost you the hour that your session lasts. You also might be offered ‘after hours’ times that better fit your schedule, as therapists do not have to work within the limits of their office space.
  4. The tech is not as hard as you might think: Whether it’s a secure online platform, E-transfer or any other new technology that scares you, you’re not alone. These things can be daunting at first but should not be feared. You can expect to be completely guided through these new practices by your therapist and you may even request a ‘set up’ appointment prior to your first online appointment to practice using the technology. Trying these programs even once will allow you to feel comfortable and familiar with them in the future.
  5. It’s here to stay: Therapists have had to put in a great deal of time and resources into the ability to offer online therapy that is safe, ethical and confidential. Likewise, clients have undergone a steep learning curve to be able to participate in these services. Now that both parties are becoming more comfortable with online therapy (and since technology is the future) we can expect that these methods will be here to stay even after offices reopen for in-person appointments.

To book an online therapy session or for more information, visit https://maritzarodriguezarseneau.com

By: Allison Kiyoshk

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