Creating Confident Children and Reducing Stigma with Remote Psychology Services 

Updated on May 5, 2024

Licensed psychologists that offer mental health services and support over the internet are advocating for therapy to help prevent children from developing a stigma surrounding mental health, build a foundation of healthy self-esteem and self-confidence, along with teaching children the emotional and life skills they need to overcome challenges.

VocoVision, a telepractice company that connects schools with educators and therapists, worked with clinical manager Kylie Miller, M.A. E.d., to highlight how remote psychology services can benefit children, even those without existing mental health issues.  

“Mental health problems affect youth in this county more than any other age group,” said Kylie Miller. “Therefore, access to quality mental health services becomes essential to building adolescent self-esteem and self-confidence.” 

Miller outlines three key areas where proactive remote psychology services can empower children: 

1.     Confidence and Self-Esteem   

Miller says psychologists can help address issues of self-esteem in children by building the child’s confidence within therapy. This may help children create a positive narrative surrounding psychology services while preventing the development of stigmas surrounding significant mental illnesses.  

“There is a strong relationship between high self-esteem and happiness,” said Miller. “Psychologists may help boost self-esteem in children through mental exercises and advocate for more emotionally grounded reactions. When this is done at an early age, children may develop mental health literacy and can know how to respond to hardships in the future.” 

2.     School Performance  

In addition to high self-esteem, Miller said that psychologists can help a child develop essential qualities like perseverance and resilience, which may positively impact the student’s performance and aspirations. She highlights that students with high self-esteem are generally more willing to persist in the face of failure and are less likely to give in to self-doubt. 

“Research shows that adolescents with higher levels of self-esteem receive better grades and have stronger relationships in school, which, in turn, impacts self-confidence,” said Miller. “This cycle repeats itself and may have a lasting influence on adolescent aspirations and performance.” 

3.     Reduces Stigma  

Miller highlights how virtual psychology services may help prevent children from developing a stigma, negative attitude, or stereotypes surrounding mental health issues. A mental health stigma can make individuals with mental health problems feel judged, ashamed, and isolated, which can, in turn, worsen their mental health and discourage them from seeking help.  

As virtual mental health and psychology services are generally more accessible than traditional face-to-face services, children and students alike can be introduced to the concept of mental health and develop mental health literacy at an early age.  

One study found that virtual mental health support is a preference over face-to-face service delivery due to accessibility, ease of sharing personal information, anonymity, reduction of stigma, and an increase in mental health literacy. 

“Traditional face-to-face service delivery models create additional barriers due to factors such as higher cost and unwillingness to participate due to the stigma associated with therapy,” said Miller. “The virtual setting removes some of the barriers that cause children to express reluctance over attending and offers a more convenient and accessible environment.” 

For more information on how teletherapy is used to establish good mental health in children, please visit VocoVision at https://www.vocovision.com/teletherapy-jobs/online-teaching-jobs/. 

About VocoVision 

Founded in 2011, VocoVision’s mission is to find imaginative solutions to ensure that education and special services are more accessible. VocoVision offers a state-of-the-art network that makes it possible for schools and school districts to connect with highly qualified educators and therapists in any part of the country. VocoVision teleservice solutions empower students to experience the face-to-face connections they need to break down barriers and go further than they ever imagined. For more information, visit vocovision.com

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