As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are consistently relying on technology to take the place of meetings and interactions. Therapy is no exception to these changing times.
However, it is natural to have reservations about tele-health therapy. How does it work? Is it as useful as meeting with a therapist in person?
Our reservations and fears are justified but unnecessary. Tele-health therapy has been around for years, and the technology has only gotten better. Let us take a look at the various ways that tele-health therapy is a highly effective option, especially in these trying times.
Tele-Health Therapy Is Accessible
We are not always capable of leaving our houses for various reasons. Some people do not have transportation, or they live too far from their therapist’s office. Others may have severe mental health issues that prevent them from being able to leave their homes. Some people have physical health issues or disabilities that make it difficult to leave home and navigate new buildings.
Whatever the case, tele-health is an effective solution for those in such situations. It eliminates the need to leave your house, which is especially beneficial right now for people who are immunocompromised or have disabilities.
Tele-Health Therapy Is More Convenient
When we try to juggle work, school, kids, or any other responsibilities, it is hard to make time to go to a therapist’s office. Tele-health therapy cuts out any commute, making it much more convenient for those who have a lot on their plates. Thanks to tele-health, many people can finally prioritize mental health and fit therapy into their schedules in a practical, convenient way.
Therapy Can Happen in the Comfort of Your Own Home
Some people avoid therapy because it makes them nervous. The thought of sitting in an unfamiliar office can be uncomfortable for some — and that is okay. With tele-health, we can eliminate the need to leave your home for therapy.
Instead, you can have your session wherever you feel most comfortable. Because you are in a familiar, safe space, you may feel more inclined to open up and be vulnerable. The more comfortable you are during your treatment, the more your therapist can help you.
If you have been nervous about going to an office for therapy in the past, tele-health is a highly effective option.
Patient Care Is the Same as In-Person Visits
Many people worry that they will not receive the same care that they would in an in-person visit. Fortunately, this is not the case. Patient care is the top concern, and this sentiment holds in tele-health consultations.
As you continue with virtual sessions, you will likely find that they are quite similar to any sessions that you may have had in-person. Of course, you can address any specific concerns you have with your therapist and find solutions if any problems do arise.
The Bottom Line
As technology continues to grow and improve, tele-health therapy will do the same. Though it has been around for years, tele-health has quickly become the norm due to COVID-19. We should continue to embrace the technology as it keeps us connected.
If you are interested in trying out tele-health therapy, start by doing a little research. You are not necessarily limited by distance, so you can look for a therapist who will genuinely help your needs. The pandemic has affected many of us negatively, and mental health is no exception. Tele-health is an effective, safe, and accessible solution for those who need help but have to stay home.
Do not be afraid to reach out for help and give tele-health therapy a try. You can see firsthand how effective it is and begin your therapy journey as soon as possible. You may even find that it works better for you than traditional therapy!
Please reach out to my office today to learn more about tele-health therapy and how I can help.