In March 2020, due to the Pandemic, all Counsellors were forced to see clients online or by telephone. Most therapists, though not choosing or wanting to work this way, have found in to be as beneficial as face to face with added benefits including;
Can reach out to clients who are agoraphobic, disabled or live in rural areas.
Some have been in a position to reduce fees due to eliminating room rental.
Clients can feel more comfortable to open up in their own environment.
Clients don't have to worry about bumping in to other clients in the waiting room.
Research consistently shows that online treatment can be very effective for many mental health issues. Here are the results of a few studies:
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online treatment was just as effective as face-to-face treatment for depression.
A 2018 study published in the Journal of Psychological Disorders found that online cognitive behavioral therapy is, "effective, acceptable and practical health care." The study found the online therapy was equally as effective as face-to-face treatment for major depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.
A 2014 study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that online cognitive behavioral therapy was effective in treating anxiety disorders. Treatment was cost-effective and the positive improvements were sustained at the one-year follow-up.
Taken from Inc.com
The Daily Mail reports;
The future of therapy? Online counselling is MORE effective than face-to-face sessions.
University of Zurich found virtual therapy more successful than face-to-face sessions.
Fifty-seven per cent of online patients completed the course free from depression.
Only 42 per cent of cases who saw therapist in person felt better.
During follow-up sessions, it was found that rates of recovery among those treated online were higher than the patients who saw counsellors in person.
At the end of the study, 57 per cent of patients who underwent online treatment were free of depression, compared to 42 per cent of those who had traditional therapy.
I hope this gives you the confidence to try online therapy today and reap the benefits. Though I do fully intend to work face to face again in the future.
Sarah Lewin - Counselling/Psychotherapy/Hypnotherapy/Coaching - 07938 537146