In recent years, we’ve seen a great shift in the way people want to receive counselling and other therapies. Traditionally, we would book an appointment for you to come and see us at our in Preston. However, due to the digital era, online appointments have recently been introduced in the form of online counselling.
As the world becomes more interconnected, individuals seeking support can now access therapy from the comfort of their homes, benefiting from increased convenience, flexibility, and inclusivity.
In this latest blog, The Therapy Company will look into why online counselling has become so widely adopted and how we’re navigating this.
The Rise of Online Counselling
Online counselling has gained substantial traction in recent years, particularly since the pandemic. The option of high-speed internet connections, video conferencing platforms, and secure communication technology has made it possible for individuals to connect with therapists remotely.
This evolution in care and support has broken down geographical barriers, enabling people to receive therapy irrespective of their location. A big driver for this outside of technology was the Covid-19.
We needed a way of continuing our support to clients and clients needed a way of getting to us. Platforms like Google Meets, Teams, Zoom and Facetimes have all been viable and secure ways of providing counselling services.
Key benefits of online counselling include;-
Convenience and Accessibility
One of the primary advantages of online counselling is the convenience it offers. Traditional therapy often requires individuals to schedule appointments, commute to a therapist’s office, and invest time in the process. Online counselling eliminates these logistical challenges, allowing clients to connect with their therapists from the comfort of their own homes. This makes it easier for more people to access our services. For example if you’re living in remote areas, or if you have mobility issues or you have a busy schedule but still want time to speak to a counsellor or therapist, you can.
Flexibility In Scheduling
Following on from the latest point, online counselling provides a level of flexibility that traditional face-to-face sessions may struggle to match. Clients and therapists can coordinate sessions at mutually convenient times, making it easier for individuals to integrate therapy into their daily lives. We understand that many people have work, family and life commitments that often change, so we try to fit in where we can. We know, that you know, just how important your counselling sessions are, so being able to squeeze them into tight schedules is a blessing.
Improved Level Of Service (In Some Ways)
For lots of people, it can be an embarrassing or stigma-filled experience seeing a therapist or counsellor, even though it shouldn’t be. We have found that with online appointments, there is less fuss around getting to the point of actually starting the meeting. Instead of travelling, waiting for a specific time in your busy day and other factors, online counselling doesn’t give the chance, as much, for you to overthink it. Being behind a screen also often comforts our client because they feel close enough to the issues but also far enough away for it to feel comfortable. A combination of these things can actually improve the level of service we provide and bode well in terms of results for the client.
Online Counselling – Our Safe & Secure Channels
Online counselling platforms offer a variety of communication channels, including video calls and phone calls. This diversity allows clients to choose the mode of communication that best suits their comfort level and preferences.
To conclude, the digital era has changed the way we do our counselling sessions, but there are also some considerations. Overall, it’s a fantastic opportunity for many and we have been able to serve more people than we ever have. But do also think about these things before booking online.
What’s more, is that if you’re after a more intense and intimate session, then we would recommend booking in person because the human element adds to the atmosphere and the way of the sessions massively. We find that it’s also easier to build trust with people in person, though it is possible online as well. Establishing trust between a client and therapist is fundamental to the success of any therapeutic relationship.
Contact The Therapy Company
Online counselling is not just a trend, it’s here to stay and we’re delighted about that. It’s produced some life-changing results for our clients and is a fantastic alternative to in person sessions. We are excited by the possibility of technology advancing further so we can improve our online counselling even more.
If you would like to find out more about our online counselling services, please check out our website or get in touch with us here at The Therapy Company. You can call us on 01772 725530, or you can use the contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon.