Is online therapy as good as in person?
Online therapy has been well studied now, and the outcomes for people who chose teletherapy/online counseling have been found to be just as good as for people who choose to meet with a counselor in person. If both options are available to you, it’s a matter of personal preference which is best for your. However, teletherapy is better than in-person care if it means you can start care sooner.
If you are faced with trying to wait out a mental health issue or seeking online help, it is much better to address a problem sooner rather than later. Certain mental health conditions like depression and bipolar disorder are quite risky to leave unaddressed. Something to consider is that when starting counseling, the problem’s symptoms sometimes get worse before they get better. That is because starting to talk about a problem can bring up a lot of emotion. For some people it’s unnacceptable that the problem get even a little worse unless they have immediate access to a hospital. In this case, working with a counselor/therapist that is not near you may be too risky. That would be the case especially if a hospital is not nearby either. For that reason it’s much better to get help sooner and avoid this type of problem.
If you are thinking about self-harm or suicide, please reach out to local crisis help. One good international resource is Befrienders.org
For more research about telehealth’s effectiveness check out this article:
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
After most sessions, I assign homework that will help you build on and practice what you are learning. Those who are diligent with their homework have a better experience of counseling and get better faster. If it’s hard to do the homework, we’ll talk bout how to make it fit better into your life.