For many people, the idea of going to a counselor can be incredibly intimidating. For others, time constraints can make it very hard to find the time to travel to a counselor's office. Some people struggle to maintain a work-life balance, where areas such as parental responsibility, work deadlines, and university can make going out to see someone to talk to quite difficult. Finally, geographic location can often make it very difficult to find a therapist nearby.
COVID further exasperated this, but also led to greater innovations in developing new ways for people to access therapy online. Through applications such as Zoom, people have found that they can get that face time they need with a therapist without sacrificing time travelling or having to go through the very stressful ordeal of going to a clinic. As telehealth has evolved, so too has the proven efficacy of online therapy. Studies have shown that online therapy is considered more accessible, flexible and far less intimidating than the more traditional face to face therapy. Indeed, we are seeing an increase in the adoption of online mental health services as a result (Bucci, S., Schwannauer, M., & Berry, N. 2019; Bierbooms, J. J., van Haaren, et al. 2020; Sweeney, G. M., Donovan, C. L., March, S., & Forbes, Y. 2019).
We take advantage of being an online clinic by offering flexible hours, and access to an experienced highly trained professional therapist from the comfort of your own home. In addition, CBT has been shown to have high efficacy in an online format (Barrett, K., & Stewart, I. 2021), allowing clients to benefit from CBT while being in an environment that is comfortable to them.
We look forward to working with you through this dynamic new method of accessing therapy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via our contact button below or through our free consultation.
Barrett, K., & Stewart, I. (2021). A preliminary comparison of the efficacy of online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) stress management interventions for social and healthcare workers. Health & Social Care in the Community, 29(1), 113-126.
Bierbooms, J. J., van Haaren, M., IJsselsteijn, W. A., de Kort, Y. A., Feijt, M., & Bongers, I. M. (2020). Integration of online treatment into the “new normal” in mental health care in post–COVID-19 times: Exploratory qualitative study. JMIR Formative Research, 4(10), e21344.
Bucci, S., Schwannauer, M., & Berry, N. (2019). The digital revolution and its impact on mental health care. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 92(2), 277-297.
Sweeney, G. M., Donovan, C. L., March, S., & Forbes, Y. (2019). Logging into therapy: Adolescent perceptions of online therapies for mental health problems. Internet interventions, 15, 93-99.
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