“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.”
The COVID-19 global pandemic changed the world. We could talk about all of the negative aspects of this time. But, instead, we’d like to highlight one of the positive impacts of having the world shut down and rely on technology to move forward. Online therapy is one such bright spot in and for the world today. It’s not that online therapy began in the pandemic. It didn’t! BUT…what the pandemic did do, was to create an environment where online therapy could and would become a new normal. People that would have never considered going to therapy before, now do and are better for it. Why? Because they could go there from the comfort of their own homes.
Here’s a brief rundown of a few of the most common scenarios where online therapy can be found beneficial:
- You can test drive it and see if this therapy thing is really for you with less (time and travel) commitment. Depending on your background, therapy could be one of those things that people speak ill about. Online therapy gives you an outlet to not only figure out if therapy is a good fit for you (and it is!), but you can do it from the comfort and safety of your own home.
- While we’re talking about safety…there are many reasons that people do not feel safe in today’s America. Whether it is the current COVID crisis or something that has happened in your personal life, safety is a huge concern for a lot of people. Being able to access therapy from your own home gives you power. If you feel safe in your home and you need therapy, online therapy could be a solution for you.
- We live in a world where convenience is key. Why shouldn’t your online therapy fall into that category too? When your life events have culminated in a way that necessitates therapy, the online therapy experience makes it so that you have one less thing to think about and consider. We are trying to alleviate barriers. Online therapy is one way to do that.
- People who live in areas where therapists are few and far between now have access to clinicians across the states. Not only that, but imagine a scenario where you need to or would like to invite a friend or family member into a session with you. Maybe you need to work through an issue with a loved one that lives in another state or country. Now, through the use of online therapy, the two of you can get the healing and resolution that your relationship needs without having to burden yourselves with the hardships of travel.
- If your work/life travel schedule keeps you out more than in, you can attend wherever you are. Prior to the explosion of online therapy, people were relegated to in person therapy. So, if you could not attend a scheduled session for whatever reason, there could potentially be stagnation in your progress. Self-work can be challenging enough. We don’t want you to add any additional undue stress or pressure. With online therapy, you can have therapy from any device from which you can access the internet.
- You suffer from a social anxiety disorder and interacting with people is tough. You, like many people, hate small talk and get weary of people very quickly. You are an introvert and feel most comfortable in the confines of your own home. Now, you can have online therapy from home, by yourself, in your pj’s if you want/need to. Online therapy offers a solution for those that want to minimize the distraction/deterrent of people, and only focus on the business of getting better.
“We are all now connected by the internet, like neurons in a giant brain.”
– Stephen Hawking
- Couples in long distance relationships can now attend “together” with the tool of online therapy. Now, their pre-marital counseling can get underway and have continuity throughout the relationship after the move. No longer does distance have to be a barrier to having a healthy relationship.
- Patients who have moved out of the area can have continuity of care through online therapy. Most people work very hard to find a therapist that is the right fit, and then work even harder to share their lives with the kind of vulnerability that therapy requires in order to be effective. But, sometimes work, familial needs or just one’s own desires will force a move in a different direction. However, you don’t want to undo all of the work you’ve done with your therapist. And you certainly do not want to start fresh with someone new. This is what makes online therapy an ideal solution. You get to keep your therapist and meet as you did before…never missing a beat, within regulation of course.
- Remote work has freed up lots of people’s time. Now, you can meet 2x or more a week when you couldn’t before because you had to work. This is great news. When you need therapy, you need what you need. Online therapy provides an option that gives you the time you need to do the work that leads to a better you.
- The world shuts down AGAIN! – Your therapy can still continue. Online therapy is pandemic proof! The pandemic, in fact, drove many people to online therapy. It wasn’t that it did not exist before – it did! It’s just that the model of going into an office was standard. COVID, like so many things, flipped that paradigm on its head. For the purposes of people finally removing the excuses and fears and going to therapy, the flip was a good thing.
“The technological breakthrough of the world wide web has been enormously beneficial to society.”
The pandemic forced a lot of people to get good at this online thing. We’re in that family of people. Since the pandemic began we have expanded our roster and services to be able to accommodate as many people as we can. Online therapy is one way that we’ve successfully been able to do that.
You’re in meetings all day, online, to make everyone at your job and kids’ school lives better…now it’s time to log on for YOU! We make online therapy available when you are.