What is virtual therapy?
Virtual therapy, as the name suggest, is therapy session administered virtually i.e. not face to face but through text messages, voice messages and video chats over the internet. It has got many names, some of the common ones are online therapy, e-therapy, web therapy and distance therapy. It has become popular because of the edge it has got over the traditional, in-office therapy which we will be discussing in the following sections.
When do you need a therapy?
It?s important to ask this question to yourself since majority of people are either not aware of their mental health problems or they don?t acknowledge them at all. We can help you here. Some of the symptoms that need to be addressed to assess your mental health are as follows:-
- Recent loss and grief associated with it
- Substance abuse like drugs or alcohol
- Trouble communicating with your partner
- Trouble sleeping at night
- Worrying constantly over trifle things
- Getting a panic attack often and for no reason
- Extreme mood swings
- Getting extremely angry over small things
- Feeling low and loss of enthusiasm
- Feeling exhausted all the time
- Taking action without thinking of the consequences
- Intense anxiety
The list could probably go on. But these are some of the primary symptoms that you need a therapist. The earlier you have access to therapy, the faster your problems will resolve with much strain. We provide both, the psychiatric treatment and psychological counseling for the following mental disorders:-
- Bipolar disorders
- Child and adolescent issues
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- LGBTQ support
- Men?s issues
- Panic disorders
- Parenting issues
- Postpartum depression
- Relationship and marriage issues
- Trauma and PTSD
- Women?s issues
What are the pros and cons of virtual therapy?
Following are some of the advantages you have over in-office therapy:-
- The primary difference is the pricing. An in-office session may cost you anywhere between $75-$150 or even more. And you may need a session per week thus causing you to pay substantial amount of money. Where as we have a onetime payment of $60 per month with unlimited access to your counselor. Also, we provide your first session free of cost and the best part is that you can cancel anytime without any cancellation charges.
- Commuting to the office of your therapist can be very inconvenient especially if you have a busy schedule.
- You may not necessarily need insurance for the virtual therapy that you opt for. Whereas for in-office therapy, insurance is a must.
- There is social stigma attached to the people undergoing therapy. They may be seen as ?crazy? people. Many a time, people you know may spot you outside the therapist?s office and this may make you feel uncomfortable. With virtual therapy, nobody needs to know. The privacy factor of virtual therapy outweighs every other shortcoming it has. There is no need to go anywhere and you can access the therapy from the comfort of your home.
- You can be less uneasy and more comfortable when you are at home while answering the questions of your virtual therapist. This way you can pay greater attention to your thoughts and benefit more from the session.
- Message or text based therapy gives you more time to think and come up with answers to complex questions. While in-office therapy is a face to face therapy where you have to complete the session in the limited time. This may often interfere with the progress of your therapy.
- Cancelling or rescheduling a session is easy when compared to in-office therapy. You may have to wait for very long to get the next appointment. In online therapy, a network of therapists is available to help you out in case you are not able to complete your session on a given day.
- You don?t need to cancel your session even if you are sick because you don?t have to commute.
- Very convenient option for specially- abled or disabled people
Is it as effective?
It?s a controversial question that pops up in minds of many people. However, they forget that online psychiatrists, therapists and counselors are also licensed individuals. If they can solve peoples? issues from their offices; then why not over the internet?
Yes, it?s true that some people may feel the need to see their therapist in their office since it works better for them. But, for the majority, confidentiality is the primary factor which makes them choose virtual therapy.
Some precautions that you should take
Before choosing your counselor or therapist or psychiatrist, check their credentials. The college they graduated from and the experience that they may have in their respective fields. For example, our psychiatrists Dr. Josefina and Dr. Christopher have a clinical experience of 17 yrs and 15yrs respectively which is quite a long time.
Check their license over the internet to make sure you have the right people to help you.
Alternatively, you can ask your counselor about their degree and its meaning and how to check their license. They should not feel offended if they are genuine and also if they are understanding enough to know that you need to secure yourself from fraud.
Make sure that the virtual therapy website that you choose keeps your case confidential and not share your messages with any other person or organization. Choose only the ethical online therapy providers.
Is it worth it?
Online therapy has a wider reach not only because of easy accessibility but also because of its affordability. If you feel that you need therapy, give online therapy a try at rethinkmytherapy.com. We offer free first session for you to first get the feel of it. Then you can decide whether online therapy is meant for you or not. However, online therapy is not meant to deal with emergency situations. If you are experiencing any such thing, just call for help on 911.