Online counselling is now a common practice preferred by both clients and therapists. It has bridged the gap that existed with traditional face to face therapy around issues such as accessibility, convenience, affordability and more.
Have a look at the benefits of Online Counselling
Online counselling is convenient for all those who wish to use it, it can overcome limitations that may prevent you from seeking counselling.
For example, people living in rural or remote areas where there are no local counselling services can benefit from the convenience of online counselling. Those that are physically impaired or unable to leave their home can also easily access such services with little inconvenience. it has been found that online therapy is preferred by those who are uncomfortable with talking face to face with someone about their problems or who are suffering from social phobias, agoraphobia or anxiety disorders (Gedge, 2009).
Online counselling has also shown to be effective in encouraging children and teenagers to receive counselling as they seem to be more comfortable with using the internet (Shaw & Shaw, 2006). Anyone who has access to the world wide web can use such services at their convenience.
Having missed an entire therapy session - and still having to pay for it - because there was an accident on the highway. Online counselling eliminates this worry.
Babysitter cancelled and your child is old enough to entertain themselves but too young to stay home alone?
Have a head cold and don’t want to infect others, but still want to keep your appointment?
As a bonus, many counsellors who offer online counselling have greater flexibility in their availability outside of traditional Monday through Friday 9-5 hours.
With online counselling, the form of communication is often through video counselling and online chat. This may be a particularly suitable way of communication for those clients who experience difficulty expressing themselves in physical contact scenarios.
In essence, the benefits of online counselling for the client are huge. It gives the client more control through the choice of counsellor, time of appointments, and mode of communication (e.g. via Skype or Email) whilst enhancing the effectiveness of the process through greater self-disclosure by the client as a result of increased anonymity and hence a more effective service to the client.
Web counselling is more economical for both the therapist and the client. Especially for those therapists who are unwilling or cannot afford to rent commercial space thereby lowering overhead costs of capital, property, commuting and administration procedures when compared to traditional counselling services (Centore & Milacci, 2008).
Don't feel like getting out of your pyjamas? Is it too hot to go outside today? Is it wet and rainy?
One of the biggest benefits of online counselling is being able to do it from the comfort of your own home, or sitting in your car on your lunch break, or sitting in a beautiful park or another relaxing environment.
Under the right circumstances, online counselling can be just as effective as the traditional in-person therapy model, or sometimes even better. Knowing what factors to be aware of from the beginning can help you find the best online counsellor for you.