It’s increasingly popular for people to access online therapy these days, but does it work?
Traditionally, when we think of counselling or therapy we think of physically meeting a counsellor or therapist. The encounter is face to face in a quiet private space, and we share our innermost thoughts and feelings.
Meeting online is a very different experience. However, research studies suggest that online therapy and online counselling seems to be just as helpful for clients who suffer from anxiety or depression.
Benefits of Online Therapy and Counselling
Convenient for busy people on the go!
It’s particularly useful for under serviced populations.
These could be:
Those without access to adequate transportation
People who live in rural or remote areas and cannot access it locally.
Some who are homebound due to physical or mental health challenges.
Others who are hesitant about seeking help face-to-face, such as people with social anxiety.
Online therapy & counselling can act as a gateway for people to access further mental health services.
Types of Online Therapy and Counselling
As you can see on Where To Talk, online therapy and online counselling is increasingly popular.
There’s Video Call, Email and Messaging to choose from.
You can choose the length of time you’d like to spend talking, This could be anywhere from 15 minutes to 50 minutes.
The choice of both a live ongoing chat or emailing and messaging and then waiting for the reply is available.
It may not be for everyone but online therapy and counselling certainly gives us more freedom of choice.
Where To Talk Offers Relevant Research
As therapy and counselling platforms increase online in number and usage, it becomes more important for comparison studies to be conducted between face to face and online interventions.
A research study reviewed by Bianca London for Mail Online
An interesting and related article by Jo Abbot: