By: Yaritza Zayas, MS, MFT, LPC, NCC
Online therapy is growing rapidly. It offers many benefits from convenience, anonymity, cost, and accessibility to name a few. The Internet is no longer used to casually chat with others. The Internet has made communication easier and has connected people from around the world. Technology has made obtaining information about mental health easier so it was only a matter of time before the availability of online counseling became a possibility. I find that those clients I meet with virtually benefit as equally to those who come in office. The key factor, in my opinion, is commitment to the therapeutic process. On my end, I schedule, set, and prep for these online sessions just as I would a face-to-face session.
Online counseling clearly does pose some unique problems and also some unique possibilities for both the clients and the therapists; for example connection issues. As such, both mental health practitioners and those who seek such services should be aware of the benefits and limitations of this approach. This is a great option for engaging in self-care.