Online Counseling for Residents of Arizona & Oregon (Washington Soon!)
What is Online Counseling?
Online Counseling or Teletherapy is a form of telemedicine that’s become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional therapy. It differs from conventional treatment in that sessions are conducted remotely, typically online, through a video chat, in a private and secure virtual meeting space. This allows a therapist and their client to meet both privately and conveniently. It is an excellent option for people who cannot travel for numerous reasons, including health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is also ideal for people who are not as comfortable meeting with a therapist in-person because of social anxiety disorders or mobility issues that make travel painful. An example of this is, if you suffer from agoraphobia, you would almost definitely be more comfortable with online counseling than in-person counseling. Furthermore, many people prefer online counseling because they feel safer and more comfortable in their own homes than in a therapist’s office.
Other circumstances where online therapy can be beneficial include demanding schedules, rural living, where there is no access to quality counseling and COVID-based health concerns. Online counseling allows anyone to get the assistance they need. With treatments like online agoraphobia therapy, and online accelerated resolution therapy (ART) and many more.
Now anyone with access to the Internet and a desktop, laptop, or mobile device can benefit from online counseling and work on whatever they would like to improve in their life.
Sessions can even be conducted over the phone. But since over 50% of communications is non-verbal, a video session is preferred.
Is Online Counseling the same as Online Therapy or Teletherapy?
Generally, the phrases teletherapy, online therapy, and online counseling are all interchangeable. Due to this, we will be making use of all three terms on this page. When referring to counseling done through online modes of communication, all are synonymous with the idea that we’re explaining in detail.
HOW ONLINE COUNSELING WORKS
Online therapy is set-up like traditional therapy sessions. Clients book an appointment for telecounseling and attend it virtually using an internet connection and electronic devices such as computers, tablets, or telephones with webcam capabilities.
The therapist and client can interact with one another face-to-face despite being in different locations.
Privacy is of utmost importance, so choosing a discreet place where the client will not be disturbed is highly recommended for telecounseling therapy.
IS ONLINE COUNSELING EFFECTIVE
The short answer is yes. There have been numerous studies showing that in most cases, online counseling is as effective as face to face counseling.
However, as with traditional therapy, participation in sessions is a must. If patients want to get the best out of every telehealth psychotherapy session, they need to communicate openly with their therapist.
By answering questions fully and frankly discussing their issues and experiences, the counselor can develop a customized treatment plan that effectively addresses their disorders.
Advantages of Online Counseling
Teletherapy offers many advantages. An obvious benefit is convenience. Tele-counseling allows people to meet with a therapist from their homes’ comfort instead of needing to travel to the counselor’s office.
It is a great benefit to be able to work through your issues in a way that is comfortable for you in the space that is most comfortable for you as well. Effective teletherapy is customized to meet the needs of the client just like in-person therapy would be. For example, a good online EMDR therapist can help just as much as an in-person therapist.
No two treatment plans are precisely the same. And a good online therapist will get to know you and your needs to give you the best options possible to succeed.
For example, in most cases, it doesn’t matter if someone is being treated with online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or accelerated resolution therapy (ART) online. Or if they receive online therapy for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Because clients are given the same time, care, and consideration by their therapist.
The main difference is that they can be helped from the comfort and security of their own home. Some clients even prefer a combination of telehealth services and in-person services, which the clinic schedules upon their request.
You could be seeking counseling from a rural area that does not have access to a good therapist. Or you may be looking for a local Scottsdale counselor but would rather not deal with Phoenix traffic. Since MUV offers teletherapy to residents of Arizona, Oregon, and Washington (coming soon!), we’re a great option for those who travel often, have recently relocated, or simply prefer our therapists over other local counseling options – and we are honored and happy to help!!