Online therapy has now become a common form of therapy for the world in 2020. Therapy can be confusing at first, there are many roles of people who provide therapy, from counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychological well-being practitioners. There are also different ‘types’ of therapy available and people who have very different conditions and issues to address, so why not make things slightly easier by being able to access it better and really get a feel for your therapist before starting.
By visiting websites and reading about the therapist, you can get an understanding of their way of working, what ‘methods’ they use and whether their areas of expertise suit what you need. Most will provide the option to arrange your first consultation or session right then and there.
For many, starting therapy is daunting and the thought of walking into a room with a therapist may convince us that we ‘aren’t that bad’ or ‘it will probably go away’, however like everything, our minds need maintaining and if we don’t remove the build-up, we might get a blockage, with our mental health and well-being left to suffer. Being in the comfort of your own home or in an environment you feel safe may suit you better, meaning you don’t need to spend time and money travelling, or moving other parts of your day around to accommodate the session. If the online therapy goes well, you might feel like exploring this in person in the future, there is no right or wrong.
Perhaps we can achieve increased honesty online? if we are texting, emailing, calling or skyping, it might make it a little easier to say what we want to say without the restriction of being aware you’re in a room, replicating a more informal scenario as if you were talking to a family member or friend.
Unfortunately, there is still stigma in societies around the world about mental health concerns and seeking help, some people live in places or within a family where they would be branded ‘mad’ or ‘crazy’ for having therapy, despite making time for yourself and your mental health a smart thing to do. Online therapy could be a saviour for these members of society the most, no-one must know, and you don’t have to make excuses for the time you’re not around others.
Whilst I believe we still live in a patriarchal society (world) where women are more oppressed then men, it’s clear from looking at the rates of male suicides that toxic masculinity is blocking men suffering with mental health problems seeking help, the idea of ‘being tough’ and the need to ‘man-up’ is limiting the emotional scale men are ‘allowed’ to have. Perhaps until we live in a better society where this isn’t the case, the access to online therapy is critical.
Young people who are in a similar situation or who don’t have the means to pay for therapy in person might benefit from charity run or private low-cost online therapy, even just someone unbiased and non-judgemental to speak to after a tough day at school. There are also online courses available in self-taught cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness.
Like everything, there are advantages and disadvantages to online therapy but having the choice to get help and support online is great and I feel this will continue to increase over the coming years.
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