In the wake of a global pandemic, many industries are learning to embrace a new normal. As workspaces move online and in-office environments find ways to maintain productivity via online means, mental health treatment is certainly no exception to virtual communication.
To be sure, online counseling is unique when compared to traditional therapy techniques. However, teletherapy still offers many of the same benefits that in-office therapy can offer. Here are a few of the lesser-known benefits that teletherapy offers both new and returning clients:
1. Access to all the comforts of home
Teletherapy offers a wide variety of unique benefits. Among these is the fact that online counseling offers you many of the same benefits that you otherwise receive in traditional counseling. One of the unexpected benefits to teletherapy is the fact that you have access to all of the comforts of home.
It’s a simple benefit, but one that can make all of the difference if you typically take your mental health counseling video sessions from your home. This means that if you need to use the bathroom during your session, you can do so. If you want a snack or you want to grab a quick beverage, you’re already at home and it’s easy to do. Access to a close bathroom, your refrigerator and any other amenities you might need means more than just convenience. It also means that your mental health counselor gets to interact with the most confident version of yourself.
2. Scheduling ease: set it and forget it
There’s also something to be said for the scheduling ease that teletherapy offers. Online conferencing makes it so easy to schedule teletherapy sessions that are fully compatible with your agenda. Better yet, after you schedule your video conference, you can set an automatic calendar reminder to notify you when your meeting time approaches.
And thanks to the virtual nature of teletherapy scheduling, you can also say goodbye to waiting in a waiting room before your session begins. Thanks to the scheduling ease that online teletherapy allows, all you’ll need to do is sit down at your computer, log in to the HIPAA-compliant platform and attend our mental health counseling session during a time you previously identified as available.
3. Prevent issues before they arise/worsen
Online counseling helps you address a wide variety of mental and behavioral health concerns.However, another under-the-radar benefit to teletherapy is the way that it helps you address issues before they arise or grow worse. Teletherapy doesn’t simply help you work through issues that you’re facing, it also works well as an anticipatory treatment modality, helping you address any of the challenges you’re facing and ultimately mitigate issues that might arise in the future.
One of the reasons why teletherapy works well as an anticipatory service is the fact that online counseling can equip you with the tools you need for success on a daily basis. You’ll learn how to be honest with yourself and others about everything you’re thinking and feeling. You’ll learn how to properly process your emotions. You’ll learn the fundamentals of open communication, and how to prioritize positive thinking and avoid self-destructive behaviors.
4. No more travel expenses
This is a pretty straightforward benefit to teletherapy: no more travel expenses! You will no longer need to worry about getting into your car and traveling to your counselor or therapist’s place of business. You won’t have to worry about filling up your gas tank, navigating local traffic, leaving with enough time to arrive early or even outdated waiting room magazines. Instead, you’ll be able to receive teletherapy benefits from the comfort of your own home.
5. Develop effective listening skills
Teletherapy also helps you develop the ability to listen. While listening is a natural, automatic reaction while someone else speaks, online counseling helps you listen with purpose. You’ll learn how to pay specific attention while someone else is speaking, taking note of what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. You’ll also learn how to provide feedback, and how to receive feedback after your counselor or therapist listens while you speak. And finally, you’ll learn how to correctly process everything you learn in anticipation of a thoughtful, productive response.
6. Greater flexibility of schedule
It’s no surprise that just like any other appointment, a counseling session takes up space on your calendar. Traditional counseling once required a visit to your counselor’s office. Thanks to HIPAA-compliant teletherapy platforms, you’ll be afforded greater flexibility of schedule. Connect with your counselor or therapist and determine the time during the day that works best for your counseling session. Given the online nature of online counseling, you’ll be able to simply login to the online platform and join the call remotely.
Start your recovery today with teletherapy
We understand how important teletherapy can be in your journey toward recovery and freedom. If you’re struggling with mental health challenges, The Light Program can help you like we’ve helped so many others. Receive licensed professional help with behavioral health issues that include stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, etc. If you think that mental health teletherapy could be right for you or someone you love, call The Light Program at (610) 644-6464, or reach out directly through our self-use contact form for even more information on our outpatient offerings.