Benefits of Online Counseling {TeleMental Health}

Online counseling {also known as telemental health, telemedicine, telehealth or e-counseling} is the use of electronic communication that allows the therapist and client to conduct therapy. Online counseling can be helpful for those experiencing stressful situations, transitions, anxiety, depression, handling emotions, setting goals, or would like support working through life’s challenges.

Online counseling can be used to supplement or take the place of in-person counseling sessions. Each mode has its pros and cons. I have clients who enjoy the benefits of both in-person and online counseling for different reasons.

So what are the benefits to online counseling?

· Transportation: If you don’t have access to your own vehicle, have transportation concerns, or are conscious of spending gas money, online counseling provides access to resources where you are. Traffic in certain areas or times of the day can also be difficult or frustrating to navigate.

· Flexibility: More time slots during the day or evening may be available during a time that is convenient for you. Also, online counseling is helpful during times when you may need to stay home but can still participate in the therapeutic process (minor illness, injury, etc).

· Accessibility: In-person counseling offices are not all created equal. Some offices are not ADA compliant or convenient to get to considering physical/mobility limitations. Sometimes our mental health symptoms make it hard to leave home.

· Weather: It can be unpredictable and at times dangerous. Inclement weather may even make it hard to drive to an office.

· Comfort: Let’s face it, at home we have our creature comforts. These may include a blanket, favorite pair of sweats, or our loving pet that we have access to while being in counseling at home.

If you live in the state of Florida and are interested in online counseling, feel free to set up an appointment with Angela HERE.

Interested in viewing other online counseling directory options? Feel free to search the following directories: Online Counseling Directory or Psychology Today.

Take Care!