If there’s one thing this COVID-19 pandemic is doing, it’s redefining our idea of normal. Unless you are part of the workers who absolutely must physically go to your job to perform it (to which you have my highest degree of respect and gratitude), you’ve likely experienced some version of the work-from-home renaissance that’s defining our new normal, at least for the time being. With the emergence of telehealth as a secure, virtual counseling option, that same renaissance has extended to include mental health professionals like myself. As much of a sucker I am for quality face-to-face conversation, I must admit that after trying it, it’s not a bad alternative. Here are three reasons that I think you should consider online therapy:
Reason to Consider Online Therapy #1: YOUR couch is better than MY couch.
We’ve all seen it. It’s the prototypical therapist office complete with motivational quote posters, tranquil water features, and that infamous couch. We work had to create a comfortable, safe space for our clients to meet with us in. Sure, some are better than others, but one environment that cannot be replicated is the one that is uniquely yours. Online therapy provides the opportunity to meet from your home, your couch, your safe space. Keep in mind that you now must ensure confidentiality on your end of the screen, but what better way than in a location of your own choosing? Online therapy eliminates the inconvenient reality of travel and waiting rooms. Just schedule, log on, and get to it!
Reason to Consider Online Therapy #2: Skype, Facetime, Zoom…I mean, it’s not new.
Let’s face it…in 2020, we’re more likely to hear, “hey lets Facetime later”, than “hey let’s meet up later.” The rules of social interaction now ride the wave of technology and as it becomes a more prominent social feature, counseling has adjusted to keep up and meet the demand. Online counseling has made it possible to keep conversations familiar. Being able to check in with your therapist is as easy as calling and checking on your mom…except your therapist probably has a better handle on how it works.
Reason to Consider Online Therapy #3: Social Distancing at its Healthiest
There’s no doubt that we are living in different times as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing requires that we keep physically apart from one another until we can get ahead of this thing (which we WILL). Your mental health does not have to be sacrificed, however. All things considered, the ability to check in with your therapist is probably a welcome luxury during the uncertainty. Online counseling keeps your most important mental health asset with you along the way, without needing the mask, gloves, and hazmat suit.
To be honest, online therapy should have been a thing long before now. The healthiest environment to thrive in is one that affords you the most comfort. Essentially, it allows you to take your therapist with you anywhere you go. As far as convenience and practicality, online counseling is worth a shot. If its something you’ve been considering, let’s chat…virtually, of course.
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About the Author:
William Coombs, DSW, ACSW
Former U.S. Marine Intelligence Analyst, William Coombs, is now a clinical therapist. Above all, he values authenticity and an individualized approach to your therapy experience. If you are looking for a therapist who gets it and is ready to help you become your best self, let’s talk. Want to learn more about William, his approach and to see if he’s the right therapist for you? Read more about William’s training and approach here.
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