Who is virtual therapy for, exactly? 📞
Whether you’re scoping out teletherapy options because of pandemic-related concerns or just pure convenience, you’re in good company.
Basically, remote therapy is quickly becoming a big deal📱 It’s usually easier to work into your schedule and it may even be cheaper in some situations. Suddenly you don’t need to limit your search to only providers who are close to your home or job, which might be a game-changer for you.
That said, if you live with nosey parents or a controlling partner who doesn’t want you talking to a therapist, for instance, virtual sessions may not be as safe or secure as ones in real life. Plus, you could lose out on that non-verbal connection when you’re not face to face, making it harder for you and your therapist to really vibe and understand each other (body language IS helpful).
And there are certain types of therapy or concerns that might just be better suited to in-person therapy. IMO, people working through trauma can really benefit from in-person sessions, where a therapist is physically there to support them if they have an intense reaction. Same goes for people with serious psychiatric disorders, who could have trouble focusing or getting back to their emotional baseline after a session.
So, if you’re wondering if teletherapy is right for you, consider what you’re looking for in a therapist and what you’re hoping to get out of this.
If it’s basically been impossible to find someone you can both afford and drive to regularly, then this might be a great option for you.
But if you really need that consistent, designated space to sit with a provider and do the work, you might be better suited to good old fashioned in-person sessions.