Online therapy during coronavirus
Today, we are being asked to stay at home except for necessary activities, such as going to the grocery store or the doctor’s office. Our normal social interactions are being replaced with phone calls, Skype, FaceTime and social media. These are great ways to stay connected with family and friends. We need each other at times like these. Take the initiative. Make the call. Take the call.
Sometimes, “Stay at Home” and “Social Distancing” can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. It can be especially hard if you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, and depression. Or when you’re struggling to maintain your hard-fought-sobriety. Or when the struggle is to improve your relationship with your spouse or partner.
Online therapy can help
Before the coronavirus outbreak, some people thought of online therapy as a convenience. It allowed for flexibility in scheduling. It might have been considered a luxury.
Today, online therapy may be a lifeline. Talking with a professional counselor can help you develop strategies to maintain your healthy mental and emotional lifestyle.
Online therapy can help you
- cope with stress – you will come out stronger.
- cope with anxiety – you can get through this.
- cope with depression – there is a light at the end of your tunnel.
- maintain your sobriety – remember how far you’ve come.
- strengthen your relationship – together you can do this.
Today, we’re more conscious than ever of taking care of our physical health. Online therapy is a good choice to take care of our mental health.
Some questions about online therapy
Q: Does it work?
A: Studies have shown that talk therapy is effective in helping people with a wide range of problems. Therapy works. The research also shows that online therapy is just as effective as in-office therapy. It works.
Q: Is it private?
A: Like most therapists, the software that I use for online therapy has the same security features as is used by the US government. The risk that someone can hack into your session is very low.
Q: Will it feel awkward or uncomfortable?
A: Trying new things can feel awkward. I felt that way when I thought about seeing clients online. After the first session, I realized that it was a lot like FaceTime or Skype.
Q: Will my insurance pay for it?
A: In many cases, yes. However, it’s always best to check with your insurance company to find out what your benefits are.
If you have other questions, contact me.