The term “telehealth” has become a popular one in daily discussion. People everywhere are fascinated by the idea that healthcare could become a remote profession in an increasing number of ways, and who knows how far the idea could go? Imagine being able to get treated for all manner of ailments without having to leave your home!
But the full scope of the idea is a long way off. One area that has taken full advantage of the concept already, however, is data secure telehealth psychology services. Does doing therapy online really work, though? Are there even any real advantages to it? For that last part, we can say for certain that there are:
Benefit 1: Enhanced Privacy
Even when you can absolutely trust your therapist’s discretion, having to go to their office means you always run a risk — no matter how small — of people you know seeing you going in or coming out of such a place. While there should be nothing wrong with that, it remains a source of worry and even embarrassment for some people who might be afraid of how others would perceive them for getting help with mental health issues.
When you take your therapy online, you can do it from the comfort of home. No one outside your home ever has to know about it, and even if it’s something you want kept separate from family life, you can do the therapy in another room, or even at a friend or relative’s home if that’s required. However you look at it, you have much more control over your own privacy.
Benefit 2: More Access for All
Telehealth makes services like therapy much more accessible to all kinds of people who otherwise would struggle to get it. For instance, those who live in remote and rural communities may well be suffering from mental health anguish, but medical help in their area is limited to just a regular GP. Another good example is people with disabilities who may struggle to leave their homes and attend therapy sessions outside.
Some also point out that online therapy services can often be offered at more affordable rates as it reduces overheads for those who specialise in offering it to their patients. If therapists can work from home, then they can pass savings on to patients who need help.
Benefit 3: Easier to Find Time and Stick to Appointments
When you don’t have to factor in travel, it opens up a whole new raft of appointment times that you can use. It also makes it easier to stick to appointments. Besides timekeeping, there are some who might baulk at the idea of doing a therapy session after a long and difficult day. If they can do it from the comfort of home, however, then it’s a different story.
Benefit 4: Therapy Doesn’t Have to Happen Face to Face
If telehealth was therapy over the phone, then it would be easy to point to serious flaws such as the therapist not being able to read key facial cues and body language. However, since online therapy invariably includes direct link via video chat, therapists and patients can enjoy an excellently clear and productive session that has no real working difference from an in-person session.
Benefit 5: It Will Likely Help More People Become Willing
With the benefits of privacy, flexibility, and potentially greater affordability, the likelihood of more people who need therapy taking it up is greatly increased. Those key areas we mentioned are also the main obstacles that people experience and the main reasons they give for not seeking therapy. Those who don’t believe in therapy may continue not to seek it, but others who are curious and willing to try can now have more opportunities thanks to online therapy.
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