Online Vs. In-Person Counseling

 

Which is more effective, in-person or online counseling?

 

Online Vs. In-Person Counseling. In an era where video chat can replace face-to-face therapy, the popularity of online counseling is on the rise. It seems like a convenient option, but is it more effective than traditional treatment? There are pros and cons of both online and in-person counseling, which you should learn before deciding which one is right for you.

 

Convenience and accessibility

 

Many online counseling sites allow you to communicate with your therapist at any time from anywhere, with no limit to the number of messages you can exchange. That is especially convenient if you are always on the go. Instead of making a list or trying to remember everything you want to bring up at your next in-person session, you can send your online counselor a quick message the moment something is bothering you.

If you travel a lot, online counseling could be an excellent option for you. You will make more progress if you stick to one counselor instead of constantly switching between several. Instead of finding a new counselor at every location, you can talk to the one you’re familiar with online. That way, you can get used to their style and build a stronger foundation for success with every session.

While online counseling is an easy and accessible option, it is not for everyone. If you have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness or are a danger to yourself or others, online therapy is not the most effective option, nor is it the safest. Since online counseling is not a substitute for in-person psychiatric care, you won’t be able to receive prescriptions or a diagnosis.

Online Vs. In-Person Counseling – Advantages

Privacy

If you’re considering online counseling, there are a few questions you may want to ask yourself in regards to privacy during your sessions. Do you have access to a quiet place where no one else will be able to hear the conversation you’re having with your counselor? If not, are you comfortable with others around you overhearing your discussion or chatting with your counselor through an exchange of typed messages only? In-person counseling typically takes place in a closed office space where no one else can overhear the conversation you are having with your counselor. But when you schedule a video chat session with your counselor, for example, it’s up to you to find a place where you’re comfortable talking out loud about extremely personal matters.

Regarding confidentiality, online and in-person counseling both have similar policies. The information you share remains exclusively between you and your counselor.

 

Flexibility

Maybe you travel a lot for work and are unable to commit to in-session therapy. Not having the outlets you need especially when you’re on the road constantly can be discouraging. This is why online therapy is a great opportunity to seek ongoing assistance in conjunction with in-office sessions should you be back in town.

Your specific mental health status, financial situation, and day-to-day access to a private space are all things you should take into consideration before choosing online counseling. Overall, it is a promising option that has earned positive reviews and millions of users. It never hurts to do your research. Interview therapist to make sure you feel you have the right fit.

Online Vs. In-Person Counseling – Advantages

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At High Expectations Counseling we offer services for in-office, phone and video therapy sessions. Meet our talented team of therapists that can assist in giving you a free 15 minute consultation. Take advantage of this and interview the therapist. We work for you.