Many people get anxious when they think about therapy. However, without therapy that anxiety can get worse. Or the depression or whatever else may be causing you to think about therapy. Whatever the cause, if you are thinking about it, you may benefit from online therapy. Typical face to face counseling with a psychiatrist or psychologist is good for many people but many are finding that online counseling is a much better option. Here are some of the benefits of talking to a therapist online rather than in person.
First of all, those who have depression or anxiety disorders are typically not good at setting and keeping appointments for things that make them uncomfortable such as therapy. In fact, with some anxiety disorders and depression, you may find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, let alone finding a therapist, setting an appointment, and actually going to that appointment. Sometimes you have to wait weeks or months to get an appointment too, which does not make it any easier to actually remember and then talk yourself into going. With online therapy, you can talk to a therapist right away, without making an appointment. You are able to leave messages via texting, chatting, video chatting, or email at any time of the day or night so if you have something on your mind, you can “talk” about it while it is fresh in your mind. It is similar to writing in a journal, which is also great therapy, except your therapist will read it and either answer you through the same venue or you can talk to him or her on the phone or internet.
For those people who live in a remote or rural area or have no access to transportation, online therapy is an amazing choice. You can talk to your therapist from your own home and do not need to worry about how you are going to get there. This is also a big benefit for inclement weather such as ice and snow, which some of us have had plenty of recently. Another convenience is that if you have small children at home, you will not have to worry about getting a babysitter. That is a big plus for many reasons, including cost.
Speaking of cost, some people are put off by the fact that most online therapy is not covered by insurance. However, that is not really an issue since many health care plans do not cover much, if any, of your mental health care treatment. You may end up paying more in copayments or deductibles than you would if you used online counseling. In fact, most online therapists are less expensive than a copayment for a routine doctor’s visit. They are able to keep their costs down because they save money on transportation, building costs, and employee payroll, and they pass that savings on to you.
The stigma of mental health care has been a big issue for many people even though it is becoming more widely accepted. The facts are, depression is the number one cause of disability in the United States and anxiety is the most common mental health disorder. One in every three people suffer from some type of anxiety disorder and over 350 thousand people have had at least one depressive episode. There should be no stigma attached to any mental health care because it is so needed. However, for those who are still too embarrassed to see a therapist, you can talk to a licensed professional online in the privacy of your own home and since it will not be on your insurance, the health company will not even know. So, no more excuses. Reach out to a mental health website such as BetterHelp today and get the help you need.