How to take advantage of online counseling?
- Jennifer Baxt, LMFT, LMHC
- Therapy Related
With the internet becoming something that people are accessing nearly every day of their lives, more and more people are going to the internet to find answers and help instead of going to speak with professionals in person. People are becoming busier and it is getting harder to want to leave the house to seek help when they finally have a few minutes to relax at home, besides the fact that many people who believe they might have a problem or a condition are simply too afraid or shy to go in to speak with a therapist or counselor. It can be a difficult thing to do for many; thankfully the internet is fast becoming an answer to this problem.
Online counseling, otherwise known as online therapy, is becoming more popular all the time. It allows the person who is making the inquiries to the online counselor to do so from the comfort of their own home or the corner coffee shop, where they dont have to worry that other people might find out that they are seeking therapeutic help. Sending an e-mail can allow the person to carefully formulate their questions or requests for the counselor before they send them off. It is the same when they are answering an e-mail from the counselor. The person can take the time to read the e-mail carefully, think about it and then think about what their reply is going to be. Speech seems like a relatively easy task, and in most cases it is, but when trying to reveal what it is that is bothering the person, the person can often have a hard time, especially if they are uncomfortable in the presence of the therapist. Online counseling gets rid of this. The patient is in their own home where they are comfortable and can communicate with the counselor relatively clearly.
The confidentiality that exists between the counselor and the patient still applies to online counseling. In fact, some may argue that it is even more confidential because the chance that someone would see the patient walking into a clinic on Main Street is non-existent. The patient can choose when to communicate over the internet at a convenient set time when they will have little or no chance of being interrupted and they can be free to focus on what the counselor is saying.
Some people might not like the idea of using the internet, though more people are turning to this option all the time, and others might be worried that the communication between them and the therapist can be seen by a third party. In all actuality, the chance of this is highly unlikely. If this worry does exist, a patient can always us a code name. This, however, is not as important as it is for the person to get the answers and help that they need. Online counseling is becoming more popular all the time and more and more people are found to respond positively to it. It may not be for everyone, but online counseling is certainly a comfortable option that many will consider.