No matter who we are, it is important to look after our mental health and well-being. However it can be hard to know what helps.
Therapy, be it for mental health or other issues, has historically been conducted face to face in a consulting room. But the world is changing and technology brings opportunities to deliver historic practices in new ways. One of those is using the computers sitting on our desks or the mobile devices we all carry around and increasingly use to “skype” our friends and relatives wherever they are in the world to deliver therapy.
There is a vast body of research and evidence proving that counselling is one of the best ways to deal with the challenges that life throws at you. Counselling form a qualified professional is a natural, drug free way to deal with the root cause of problems, not just their surface level-systems.
But the world is changing and technology brings opportunities to deliver historic practices in new ways. One of those is using the computers sitting on our desks or the mobile devices we all carry around and increasingly use to “skype” our friends and relatives wherever they are in the world to deliver therapy.
Online counselling can be extremely effective for overcoming many issues such as worry, stress, addiction, self confidence and family issues amongst many others.
So how does video online therapy differ from historic practices apart from the obvious one of not being in the same room. Actually there is little if any difference and many advantages. You still have face to face contact but in addition the major added advantage of you choosing where you want to have your therapy session.
Many people find it stressful in itself to attend unfamiliar premises for a therapy session where you might be spotted by your family,friends or colleagues. However with video or instantaneous text you choose the location that works for you. That can be at home on the sofa, or if you are on holiday from your hotel bedroom thus ensuring no disruption to your treatment.
And what about the time and financial savings now that you do not have to travel, nor the accompanying stresses of finding somewhere to park or facing delayed public transport.
There are many different forms of therapy and almost everyone can be conducted online. With the less common issues it can often be difficult to find a therapist locally that specialises in that issue whereas with video/text location is no barrier.
Text, has for some, become the new form of conversation and many people feel far more comfortable conducting their therapy sessions this way. A major advantage of therapy by instantaneous text is that you have a permanent written record of your conversation with the therapist so that you can go back, at any time, and review advice/guidance previously given which provides additional benefits.
Considerable research has been undertaken on video and audio therapy sessions and shows that it can be equally as good, if not better, than face-to-face therapy. Issues such as depression*, anxiety**, and many others benefit equally from video therapy as they would from traditional therapy methods.
It is easy to be sceptical of the ability for a professional bond to be formed through video therapy but multiple studies appear to show no difference in the quality of the therapeutic alliance between online and face-to-face therapies. Some evidence even suggests that video therapy may yield higher levels of patient satisfaction.
And one final thought, Security. We do not record any appointments, utilise a secure video provider and store your appointment records securely to ensure you have peace of mind.
“This was my first time to try a session with a therapist online, and although I wasn’t sure how it would feel, I wanted to try it because the idea of speaking to someone from home without having to trek to London was just soooo appealing! And I can honestly say, it was good. I had my cup of tea in my favourite mug with my slippers on. I cried and my mascara ran and nobody was there to see me except the kind therapist! I didn’t have to get in the car or on the tube with red eyes. I just lay down on my bed and tried to take it all in.
I’ve had a horrific year of loss and anxiety, stress and confusion, and I’ve been very sceptical about talking to anyone but I am so glad I did.
The app was so easy to use, and the video connection is just amazing? It is so clear and simple to use, all integrated. You book your appointment, then make sure your super comfy, have a cup of tea next to you, your slippers on, and at the time of the appointment your device just rings.
Highly recommend it. I’m a massive advocate of video counselling. I’ll never look back! Thanks Dr Julian!”
If you are seeking help and find the thought of finding the right therapist difficult would you like us to help you choose?
For just £40 you can have a 30 minute appointment with an experienced therapist who will assess your issues and make recommendations as to the best therapist for you. You will be given a list of three therapists to choose from.
Do get in touch if you have any questions or would like help in finding the correct therapist for you and your issues. Julian@dr-julian.com
*. Meyer F, Peteet J, Joseph R. Models of care for co-occurring mental and medical disorders. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2009;17:353-360.and García-Lizana F, Muñoz-Mayorga I. Telemedicine for depression: a systematic review. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2010;46:119-126.
** Bee PE, Bower P, Lovell K, Gilbody S, Richards D, Gask L, Roach P. Psychotherapy mediated by remote communication technologies: a meta-analytic review. BMC Psychiatry. 2008;8:60