Remote Mental Health Therapist Q&A
Remote therapy often gets dismissed as being not as good as in-person therapy. It is thought that a therapist working remotely doesn’t have the same ability to observe a patient’s demeanor during the session. As remote therapy has grown studies have been done to find out how effective it is. And it turns out that it is just as effective as in-person therapy. For more information, call us today or book an appointment. We are conveniently offering virtual appointments.
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Remote therapy has become an important part of counseling in recent years. The recent pandemic has created the need for remote counseling and it has shown to be successful and effective.
Counseling is an important part of improving mental health. The recent advances in technology have allowed for meetings of all kinds to be done remotely. With the advancement of technology came advancements in security and privacy. These advances have allowed medical and psychological professionals to meet with patients safely and securely.
Remote therapy has a number of benefits that work for you.
Remote therapy offers
1. Privacy. You can have access to a counselor from home, no matter where your home is located. The platform is secure making all confidential records safe. Since there isn’t a need to visit an office, complete discretion can be assured.
2. Comfort comes from being in a place where you feel safe and comfortable in. You can create the environment you like, setting the temperature, lighting, and seating that makes you the most comfortable. This will allow you to relax and focus on the work that you are doing.
3. Convenience is another component of remote therapy. You don’t have to travel to an office, wait in the waiting area, and then drive back to work or home when you have finished. It is easier to attend, allowing you to be more successful in your treatment.
4. Personal connection is still maintained through remote therapy. Your therapist still sees your face and picks up on the same cues they would see in the office setting.
5. Remote therapy can give you access to counselors that you wouldn’t have had access to in the past. They don’t have to be physically close to you to help you. You have access to specialized treatment that was unavailable before.
Remote therapy works well at treating many mental health disorders. General to moderate depression, anxiety, and other types of mental illness are treated well with remote therapy. These are often as effective as, maybe even more than in-person meetings. A person can learn the same tools and approaches to working with their mental health just as easily with remote therapy.
Some complex mental health disorders will require intensive one-on-one sessions. Schizophrenia and anti-social disorders fit into this need. The main reason some more serious mental health conditions cannot be treated remotely is because many places will not allow for medication to be prescribed remotely. Complex personality disorders can require more legal work than can be done through remote therapy. Remote therapy does not work for people with substance abuse issues who require in-patient rehab.
You might think that remote therapy is too good to be true, especially if you are dealing with depression or anxiety disorders. Most people think that meeting in person is the most effective way to get treatment. Studies are showing that online therapy combined with internet support groups can be more effective than meeting in person.
The research around remote therapy suggests that by removing sources of stress that can come with in-person therapy, such as high costs, transportation, and social stigma can make remote therapy more accessible and effective.
Jade Health and Wellness has been at the forefront of remote therapy in the last few years. We believe that understanding and caring for our patient’s needs and wellness is important. We are always working on methods to improve access to therapy and improve care. For more information, call us today or book an appointment. We are conveniently offering virtual appointments. We serve patients from Tolleson AZ, Glendale AZ, Peoria AZ, Arizona AZ, Avondale AZ, and Phoenix AZ.