Online Therapy or Telehealth provides mental health services through the internet on your computer, cell phone (or another device) through video-conferencing, phone, e-mail, or texting. Jennifer only provides Telehealth Counseling through video-conferencing. Telehealth Counseling has been growing in popularity for several years. Many celebrities, such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, have advocated using online counseling services through T.V. commercials. Although it might not be an excellent fit for everyone, many people use this type of therapy because it has many benefits. Here are some of the advantages and benefits of Online Counseling:
- One benefit is that it can be a more flexible way to receive services. There are often shorter wait periods for receiving services, and there may be more flexibility when scheduling appointments with a therapist.
- Online Counseling can save time and money because you do not have to drive to the therapist’s office for counseling, and many insurance plans are now reimbursing for online services (you would need to verify whether your plan covers telehealth services.)
- Online Counseling allows for counseling services to be more accessible for those who have physical disabilities or who do not have access to transportation.
- Online Counseling allows people to continue receiving counseling if they are sick or in inclement weather.
- Many people find that they are more willing to engage in online counseling because they can participate in the privacy and comfort of their homes.
- Finally, many research studies show Online Counseling is as effective as face-to-face counseling sessions.
Some disadvantages and limitations need to be addressed when considering whether Online Counseling is right for you. Here are some things to consider to make an educated decision:
- Some insurance companies do not cover Online Counseling, meaning you must pay for your counseling out-of-pocket. You must call your insurance and verify whether this is a covered service.
- For liability reasons, many providers will only provide services to clients within the state where they are licensed.
- You must ensure a private and safe place to have your sessions.
- You would need to make sure you have a reliable internet connection.
- Online therapists cannot respond to crises and would not be a good fit if you are experiencing a crisis.
- Online therapy is unsuitable for those with severe acute/and or chronic mental illness.
- Some people find online therapy to be less personal than meeting in person