Advantages of Online Therapy

Nathan Perkins • May 31, 2019

The Advantages of Online Therapy 

As depression and anxiety are becoming more prevalent in our society, so too is talk therapy to resolve these issues. However, therapy isn’t just limited to these two issues. It can provide relief for a number of different problems. And according to Richard Taite, founder of Cliffside Malibu, talk therapy shouldn’t be seen as a weakness.

“Not only do successful people not fear therapy,” says Taite, “they embrace it…. Psychotherapy is a tool that creates success. Smart people use it.”

Talk therapy provides a number of long-lasting benefits to clients, including:

  • A reduction in debilitating physical symptoms
  • Decreased dependence on medication, drugs, and alcohol
  • Being better-equipped to handle future problems

According to Mariel Buque M.A., in a story in Psychology Today, “Popular culture is heading to ‘the couch’ and proudly proclaiming it.”

Buque says that talk therapy is becoming more popular, as more and more celebrities – TV stars, athletes, and musicians – are opening up about their mental health challenges. The stigma and shame are fading, which Buque says has been, “the greatest deterrent to people seeking help.” She adds that the problem has mostly been about accessibility.

Enter Talk Therapy Online

In 2019, we do everything online, from shopping to going to school to interacting with friends and family. It only makes sense that this trend would eventually come to include talk therapy, too. However, Sarah Fader, CEO of Stigma Fighters – a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their stories – there are specific advantages to seeing a counselor online. Four to be exact.

 

  • Anonymity

 

When seeing a therapist in-person, opening-up can be difficult. Clients usually feel safer revealing difficult personal issues and secrets when speaking with a therapist online, which translates into quicker results.

Fader adds that both the client and therapist can recognize this great advantage and are both more motivated to move the process along at a quicker pace, which results in faster healing for the client.

 

  • Better Availability

 

Doing anything online has particular advantages regardless of the industry. One of those is availability, as time becomes less of an issue. There is no office to drive to, no traffic to fight through, and no 9-5 existence to adhere to. Which translates into less of a reason to cancel an appointment, which also adds to the healing process. In a word, greater convenience translates into better therapy.

 

  • For People with Physical Limitations

 

Face-to-face therapy can often be an impossibility for those people with physical disabilities, and often, says Fader, these are the people that need help the most. Online therapy provides a way for them to get the help they need, as it’s a much better fit with their limitations.

 

  • For People in Remote Areas

 

For those people who live in isolated areas, either they don’t have access to a therapist nearby or the selection isn’t good. If there is a therapist in their remote area, this can also present problems, according to Fader.

In these kinds of areas, everyone knows everyone else, which makes opening up and speaking candidly even more problematic. Also, when going the online route for talk therapy, you have more choices and are better able to find the best therapist for your needs.

Is Online Therapy Effective?

Telepsychology has been around for more than 20 years in some form and has historically been used mostly by members of the military who had no other means of getting help. Of course, with advancements in technology have come more opportunities for others to get similar help.

According to PsyD Lindsay Henderson, the ease and convenience of online therapy is a huge draw for clients, especially those who are seeking therapy for the first time.

Numerous research studies, many of which are listed on the bibliography page of the Telemental Health Institute website, indicate that online therapy is just as effective as in-person, face-to-face settings and an acceptable alternative for clients.

According to the American Psychological Association, one in every four adults in the U.S. needs mental health counseling but only 13 percent are getting treatment. Reasons for this include lack of money, stigma, transportation issues, and lack of support or motivation.

Research shows that people who need treatment are much more likely to get help when online therapy is available to them. And a major reason is that online therapy allows individuals to feel more comfortable which translates into opening up more during treatment.

In a recent study done by the University of California at Berkeley, clients who used online therapy showed broad improvements in their mental health and wellbeing. In particular, those suffering from depression showed at least a seven-point improvement according to the Patient Health Questionnaire – a self-assessment for depression.

Why You Should Choose Emote for Online Therapy

Emote is a trusted, affordable, convenient, and discrete way to get the help you need. All of our specialized therapists have been thoroughly vetted and are licensed in the state in which they practice.

We will match you with a therapist who is best able to help you, regardless of whatever trouble you’re experiencing – stress, depression, anxiety, addiction issues, eating disorders, etc. All of our therapists are here to answer your questions and help you on your path to mental and emotional wellness.

We currently offer two services – text-based therapy and live video therapy.

Text-based therapy provides an easy, simple alternative to traditional therapy, and it’s available anytime, anywhere. Live video therapy is a great service for when texting isn’t enough and involves one-on-one consultation through video chat on an appointment basis.

Regardless of the service you choose, Emote provides a secure, confidential environment and access to a licensed private therapist.