3 Advantages of Online Counselling
Online counselling, once termed alternative therapy, is now becoming a common practice preferred by both clients and therapists (Elleven & Allen, 2004). It has been praised for bridging the gap that existed with traditional face to face therapy around issues such accessibility, convenience, affordability and more.
Web counselling is easily accessible to all those who wish to use it. Online therapy overcomes barriers that may preclude others from seeking therapy. For example, individuals residing in rural or remote areas where there is no counselling services can benefit from the accessibility of online counselling. Those that are physically disabled or unable to leave their home can also easily access such services with little inconvenience. Those that have visual and hearing impairments can also benefit from such services.
Web counselling has also shown to be effective in encouraging children and teenagers to receive therapy as they seem to be more comfortable with using the internet (Shaw & Shaw, 2006). Anyone who has access to the internet can make use of such services at their convenience. Even if therapists are not available at all times, emailing for instance may give the client the perception that they are interacting with their therapist at the time of writing the email and sending it (Centore & Milacci, 2008).
Online therapy is convenient. Both the therapist and the client have the convenience of corresponding with each other at a range of variant times. This style of therapy can take away the hassle of scheduling and setting appointments more common in traditional settings. This also creates an opportunity for the therapist to extend their services to more clients as appointments can be potentially scheduled over 24 hours and reach a larger geographical region.
For those individuals who are ambivalent about therapy or who may be uncomfortable with traditional models of therapy, may find online counselling more suitable whereby it has been found that online therapy is preferred by those who are uncomfortable with talking face to face with someone about their problems or who are suffering from social phobias, agoraphobias or anxiety disorders (Gedge, 2009).
Web counselling has been shown to be more economical for both the therapist and the client. Especially for those therapists who are unwilling or cannot afford to rent commercial space thereby lowering overhead costs of capital, property, commuting and administration procedures when compared to traditional counselling services (Centore & Milacci, 2008).
My sister has been experiencing a lot of depression and anxiety lately and she is thinking about trying online counseling so that she does not have to travel to an office for therapy. I like that you say online therapy helps to overcome barriers and be more convenient for my sister because she can choose from several different appointment times throughout the day. Also, the fact that online counseling is typically more affordable than traditional counseling would be a huge benefit for my sister and I will definitely share these benefits with her!
There are certainly a lot of advantages. However, though there are overall positive feelings for online therapy, I have seen the major therapy providers themselves state that online therapy should not be a complete replacement for traditional counseling.
Thanks for posting this information. Sometimes, we need counseling to release our stress and anxiety. With the help of online counseling we can feel good or some good tips or suggestions can help us to release our tensions.
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Thank you for telling me that online counseling can benefit those people who find it awkward to attend face-to-face sessions. My friend might be one of those people since she’s recently confessed to me that she’s suffering from signs of sex addiction. It might be a good idea to help her look for platforms or websites that offer counseling services and see when can she start her treatment.
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Very well written, I read the article and found it to be very true and helpful in online counseling. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for sharing such meaningful information. Sometimes, we need online therapy to share our such things due to this we are struggling with depression, stress, and anxiety. And even we feel hesitation to share all this thing to our friends and family , then i realize that online counseling could be better option that provide some good tips or suggestions that can help us to release our depression, stress and anxiety
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Good evening from here. I like to appreciate the information given, it’s a welcome idea and the advantages are enumerable. However, online counseling should be a substitute for traditional where traditional can not be accessed as a result of distance or urgency. Thank you
It’s good to know that one of the benefits of online counseling is it’s more affordable since the therapist wouldn’t have to pay for commercial space rental, lowering their cost to operate. My daughter has been showing signs of depression, and I want her to undergo counseling. Because of the pandemic, it would be wiser and economical to find an online counseling service. Thanks for this!
great article simple clear and brief view about online counseling