Is Teletherapy a Good Idea?
So, let’s take a look at why some clients will love the idea of online therapy.
Teletherapy helps reluctant clients avoid the stigma of receiving therapy.
Therapy stigma is still a thing. Your clients may feel uncomfortable with the idea of going to your office for therapy. What if they’re “spotted” by friends or loved ones coming or going into your office for therapy?
It’s cheaper for your clients.
This is both a pro and a con, quite frankly. But for your clients, it’s a definite pro and a benefit that you can advertise when promoting your online therapy.
You can still have your day job.
Teletherapy can be done in addition to your regular clinical position because you get to choose your own hours.
It’s more convenient for your clients.
When your office is clear across town, it’s easier to open up a laptop and communicate through the magic of the Internet. Some of your clients may also be housebound, and online therapy is their only option to meet with you.
It cuts down on possible no-shows or cancellations.
There are fewer excuses to cancel a therapy session when a client can attend from wherever he or she is. Also, it reduces the probability of clients canceling because they feel unwell.
You can be location independent.
You’re not tied to the office. If you choose to offer only online therapy, you don’t have to worry about traditional overhead like a lease and utility bills.
People are naturally more relaxed “at home”.
Sometimes, heading into an office, no matter how relaxed, can raise a client’s anxiety levels and inhibit therapy.
You have flexible hours.
With online therapy, it’s easier to offer sessions on the weekend, before or after hours, or in the evenings.
No therapy limitations.
You can provide any type of therapy you are licensed in online.
The Cons of Offering Teletherapy (Online Therapy)
Even with all of the wonderful benefits of online therapy, there are a few drawbacks to consider. Let’s take a look at those now.
Online therapy isn’t for everyone.
Some people respond better to in-office therapy. It may be that the majority of your clients prefer in-office therapy.
Is Teletherapy Right For You?
Online therapy is quite possibly the future of mental health. From grocery shopping to movie watching, people are becoming more comfortable with living their lives on the Internet. It’s just so convenient.
However, if you’re catering to a tech-savvy client (of any age) who enjoys the convenience and other perks of online therapy, it may be just perfect.
To determine if it’s the right option for you, offer the service and see. If your clients respond well to the idea, that’s fantastic. However, if your clients don’t like it, then don’t push it.
From: A Beginner’s Guide to Online Therapy