Online counselling has benefits as well as limitations. Therapy using an online can be a more accessible form of counselling to the long-established medium of face-to-face. You do however lose some communication through this medium, below are some benefits and drawbacks you must consider before booking a session.
As therapy is offered in a space convenient for the client, it makes scheduling a session in our busy times much easier, as travel time is now eliminated. Your time waiting in the car outside an extra mural can now become a therapy session (should the privacy requirements be met).
Brining us to distance. For many traveling several kilometers is a challenge, however for some there aren’t local counselors available, or there are limited options within travel distance.
Over and above these traditional barriers to getting therapy, the online platform also makes tools available that help facilitate sessions more effectively. Both from an administration as well as session conduction perspective.
It is not an appropriate medium for clients who:
In these cases it is highly recommended that you seek a suitable professional for face-to-face assistance.
First and foremost, a willingness to address your challenge. However, there are some real practical limitations to this medium, and if you are unable to meet these requirements, I strongly urge you to search for local counsellors in your area to assist you with your challenges.