The debate of video therapy vs. traditional therapy is active for a time now. Recently, with the pandemic that confined us indoors, the debate took a whole new turn.
While it is still hard to say if video therapy will take over traditional therapy anytime soon, we can surely say that video therapy does indeed provide us with various advantages that traditional ones cannot.
Here are five reasons why video therapy is more effective than other traditional therapy methods.
You can see your therapist from anywhere you want
Being a busy client is not uncommon. Sometimes a client might have an important meeting that falls on the same date as the scheduled therapy session.
Rather than missing the critical meeting to attend a therapy session or otherwise, you can opt for a facility like video therapy. Therapy sessions last an hour on average, which you can manage during your travel.
Sometimes, it could also be your client who is traveling. Still, whatever the reason is, video therapy provides more flexibility and continuity with your sessions.
Apart from that, you can immediately connect with your therapist over a quick video call if you are physically feeling sick or a bit low in general and think that some talk could help you.
You can be in your comfort zone
Since you can attend your session from anywhere, you can choose your comfort zone. Maybe you like to be wrapped in your blanket or have a cup of coffee before you start. Or perhaps you want to generate a vibe around your room with essential oil, which you cannot do if you visit your therapist in their clinic. Video therapy allows you to decide how to customize your environment.
A safe environment is essential because so many situations like waiting in a waiting room can induce anxiety or make you feel awkward. But connecting your therapist from your comfort zone lets you be the safe bubble.
You can save extra money and time
Sometimes your therapist’s clinic can be located far from your residence, and for that, you have to travel a great distance. Although choosing a therapist that is closer to you makes more sense, in a smaller town, there aren’t many choices for people.
Having a video therapy facility can help you avoid traveling the extra mile to reach your therapist and save you some money you would spend on your travel.
Apart from that, it may also help you in the case; someday, you might not want to travel to your therapist depending on the weather, time of the day, etc.
Online therapy provides you with confidentiality
It is common to be wary of client data protection in an online therapy session.
Apart from following the Federal Council of Psychology rules, online therapy also provides the clients to be anonymous if they want. In these ways, your data and conversations between your therapist and you remain secure and confidential through encryption.
If you are not comfortable with people knowing, online therapy can be your go-to therapy because it also allows you to carry out your therapy sessions from any location of your choosing. On some sites, you can even choose not to share a video screen with your therapist and talk and share the audio until and unless you are comfortable to share.
Therapy becomes more accessible
Mental health awareness is something that is only slowly growing, and rural and unprivileged areas are still unknown to the concept. As a result, a gap creates problems for people who want to use some help. Online therapy, which comes in both audio/video therapy formats, can help bridge the gap and make therapy accessible for every person across the world.
Individuals residing in remote places may find it hard to find a therapist at their location, while traveling can be an issue. Even people who cannot physically leave their home, for various reasons, may find online therapy comfortable.
Although various reasons and surveys or researches are increasingly suggesting online therapy to be an effective option, it doesn’t mean that everyone will find it useful.
Online therapy, so far, is limited to sessions where less serious mental health issues are concerned. But more serious problems like severe depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, etc., online therapy is not recommended. If you are still confused about choosing video therapy over other methods, check out this post by BetterHelp.com.