The last few years have shone a spotlight on the advantages of remote and online services as many businesses have gone online to meet the needs of the people they serve.
There has been a revolution in the way we live, work, and enjoy ourselves as the pandemic forced us to re-evaluate the way we live our lives. Many companies now allow their staff to work from home because it is more comfortable and convenient for their employees.
Many people are now exploring the idea of therapy taking place online too but might have some reservations, so in this blog we will be asking the question, “is online therapy effective?”
Suiting Your Schedule
We are accustomed to connecting with people via text, videocall and voice across a range of different apps because it is now a normal part of our everyday lives.
One of the obvious benefits of this is how flexibly it can be to fit these meetings into your schedule.
Traditionally, many people see therapy as a commitment of their time and energy you would be travelling to the therapy room, experiencing the session within those four walls, and then travelling back home or to another destination.
This takes time out of your schedule and if stress or financial worries are a primary factor in seeking therapy, the costs in time and money can both add up.
One of the advantages of online therapy and counselling therefore is that it can reduce the need to travel, saving you time, money, and stress (particularly if you hit traffic problems!).
Online therapy is therefore helpful if you find yourself trying to do too much in one day.
A Familiar Environment
Due to the changing way we live our lives, counsellors, psychologists and therapists are trained to be able to deliver the same high quality of therapy using a variety of online tools like Skype, Facetime, and Zoom.
Many people feel more comfortable in their own familiar environment and the remote nature of their therapy helps them to continue with their progress while on holiday or away from home due to the ease of just logging onto your laptop.
Dr Stuart Sadler (Chartered Clinical Psychologist) and the highly qualified team at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling are experienced in delivering a range of proven therapies, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and counselling through online video and telephone call to the same high standard.
Many people actively prefer online therapy and counselling as it allows them to discuss their situation wherever they are, without having to feel anxious about being in the room with a therapist.
As well as being experienced in online therapies, the team at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling offer this service because of the proven research that is starting to show online therapy as being at least as, if not more effective than face-to-face.
Analysis of the current research in the field suggests that people benefit from online therapy because they feel more comfortable in being able to talk about their problems without being in the same room as the therapist.
Current studies suggest that for those that engage in online therapy and counselling, improvement and recovery is at least as good as when seeing a therapist face-to-face.
Though there is still opportunity to see your therapist at our psychology clinic in Newcastle, online therapy should be seen as being at least equivalent in terms of effectiveness as face-to-face therapy.
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As seen, there are a number of advantages and strengths to online therapy, to the point we continue to offer services alongside face-to-face.
When considering the question, “is online therapy effective for me?”, it’s important to consider your situation – do you find it easier to talk to someone face-to-face, or do you prefer having some distance? Similarly, would you find it beneficial to talk away from your own environment, or would you be more comfortable and able to open up better in somewhere you know?
Whichever option you choose, whether face-to-face or online therapy, we can help you to get the help you need. Simply contact us by filling in the box below or 07966645198 today.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist