Therapeutic Effectiveness of Online Therapy or Remote Counseling
As an LMHC I have conducted Hipaa Compliant Online, Remote or Virtual Video, phone counseling and Chat Therapy sessions for many years. I have found that Online Therapy or Virtual Counseling Video, Telephonic and Chat Therapy Counseling are very effective. The communication between the client and myself is strong and a connection is made, especially with Video therapy also called Virtual Counseling.
There are many problems that Virtual Therapy or Remote Counseling is suited for. Relationship Therapy can be embarrassing, Relationship issues are one where it seems the total experience is very much the same as in-office Therapy Counseling but the comfort level is often better. In Virtual Relationship Therapy Issues can be freely discussed, solutions offered and problems worked through just like in the office. The same hold true for depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, anger management and substance abuse. While Online Virtual Therapy or Counseling may not be appropriate for someone who is suicidal or in crisis. They should seek help by calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital emergency room and working with a counselor in person after that. With this exception aside I have found Online, Virtual Therapy & Counseling to be most effective for relationship counseling, depression therapy, anxiety counseling, stress therapy, grief and loss counseling, anger management therapy and substance abuse Counseling.
About Phone Therapy or Remote Counseling
One of the reasons why Online or Virtual Therapy & Counseling is effective include it’s ability to focus on the face of the client and therapist. There is very little drifting off and it is easier to stay focused. This actually helps speed up the process of Counseling or Therapy as the session is focus driven. I believe this leads to better results & more successfull therapy or counseling sessions. Another reason for the effectiveness of Online or Virtual Therapy & Counseling is what I call the comfortability factor for the client. The client is relaxed in her or his own setting and thus approaches the therapy or counseling session with less anxiety. This helps with the overall positivity of the therapy or counseling session and I believe it contributes to positive outcomes. My belief is that anything you do relaxed you do better. Not being pressed for time or fighting traffic is another contributor to the comfortability factor. Lastly, I believe there is a sense of freedom in Online therapy or Virtual Therapy & Counseling. Being in the location you choose in the surroundings which are familiar gives a sense of being in control and feeling free.
Feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. I would be happy to respond to you as soon as I am able.