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Unlocking wellness at your fingertips: The benefits of online therapy

With increasing demands and anxiety around our finances, relationships, career's and social commitments, taking care of our mental health is more critical than ever. Thankfully, with advancements in technology and crisis situations such as Covid-19, therapy is evolving too. Online therapy also known as online counselling, is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason too. In this blog, I aim to explore the numerous benefits of online therapy and why it might just be the perfect solution for you!


1. Accessibility: Online therapy breaks down geographical barriers, making it easier for you to access mental health support regardless of your location. This is especially beneficial for those of you living in rural areas or areas with limited access to mental health services.


2. Convenience in your schedule: Choosing to have therapy online means that you're able to schedule sessions at times most convenient for you, often without the need for travel which allows you more time in your day. This can be especially helpful if you're managing a busy schedule, have mobility limitations or are unable to drive.


3. Increased diversity: As you're not having to travel and you're not limited to the therapists within your local area; you'll have a wider range of therapists to choose from. Whilst this might add to the already tough decision of who to go with, hopefully it means you are more able to find a professional who suits your specific needs and preferences. I would still recommend making sure your counsellor is registered with a trustworthy body such as the BACP to ensure safety.


4. Privacy and comfort: Some individuals may feel more comfortable seeking therapy online because it offers a level of anonymity and privacy. This can be particularly important for those who are concerned about the stigma associated with mental health treatment. Also engaging in sessions from the comfort of your own home might lead to more open and honest discussions.


5. Cost-effective care: Online therapy can be more cost-effective than in-person therapy due to reduced overhead costs for therapists. Additionally, clients can save money on transport and other related expenses.


6. Consistency is key: Regular attendance is an important part of building that therapeutic relationship and bringing around positive change. If the therapy is online, it might mean that you're more able to commit each week without having to worry about interruptions due to working hours, transport and other commitments after the session. It can be easier to fit around your schedule.


Of course, while online therapy has numerous benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone or for all types of mental health conditions. Organising an initial consultation or telephone call with a therapist can help you to get a feel for whether you will connect with them, whether they can work with your specific needs and circumstances and whether you would prefer online or in-person sessions.


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Much love,

Lucy







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