Teletherapy

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By Natalie Stamper, Psy.D

Although concern for one’s physical well-being is increasing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of mental health persists. Social distancing and self-isolation, for many, is the last thing they need for their mental well-being, however necessary it is. Although face-to-face counseling is out of the question, for now, many therapists are turning to teletherapy to continue counseling.

Regardless of preference, this method of therapy prevents the risk of spreading the virus that is present in in-person therapy sessions. Meeting with patients new and old has been made more accessible with teletherapy, eliminating the need to drive to therapy, and allowing for more flexible scheduling. Some are also seeking out help with teletherapy due to the privacy that it offers (Robitzski).

Whatever the reason may be, this widespread expansion of therapy to online communication has increased interest in speaking with mental health professionals. As more therapists become more easily accessible, reaching out to mental health professionals becomes less intimidating to newcomers.

Teletherapy has been shown to work as a decent substitute for meeting in an office. However, some still find the lack of communication via body language, the technical difficulties that come with speaking remotely, and inabilities to find private spaces at home to talk, outweigh the good that comes with teletherapy during the pandemic.

The rise of teletherapy during quarantine has saved many from facing this sudden social isolation completely alone, allowing crucial access to mental health and wellness services. The differences between teletherapy as opposed to face-to-face therapy in an office are a detriment or a benefit depending on who you talk to. In the end, however, your choice of therapy options is entirely yours.


References

Robitzski, Dan. “The Pandemic Is Forcing Teletherapy to Go Mainstream.” Futurism, Neoscope, 16 Apr. 2020, futurism.com/neoscope/
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