In a way, there’s an advantage to getting a cold, or experiencing back pain or having most other physical ailments. If nothing else, at least you know that something’s wrong. Fever, chills and a runny nose are clear signs that you need treatment.
If that doesn’t seem like much of an advantage, consider that the same can’t be said for mental health issues. Perhaps you’ve always suspected that you’re a little different, or that your anger or frustration is because you’re a perfectionist, or that your difficulty in relationships is because people just don’t get you.
But there’s no clear “runny nose” that tells you if any of those conditions, or others, is a mental health issue in need of treatment.
Even if you’ve thought that you might benefit from psychological counselling, how do you know? Without being sure that you need some help, should you take the time and effort to find a mental health professional, set up an appointment, visit a faraway office, sit in a waiting room and then start talking face-to-face to someone about sensitive issues?
The Benefits of Remote Therapy
Whether through a phone call or online video sessions, remote therapy is a way for you to get the mental health feedback and support you may need from the privacy and comfort of your home. It has proven to be as effective as in-person therapy sessions in non-crisis situations and the sessions are conducted in compliance with PIPEDA and PHIPA to ensure the highest level of confidentiality.
Remote therapy, or online therapy, can open the door to mental wellness by removing the barriers you may have to seeking and receiving psychological treatment.
- Accessible from Remote Locations – If you live in a rural or remote community that doesn’t have local psychological services, remote therapy can give you easier, faster access to mental health treatment.
- More Convenient Times – If your schedule makes it difficult to book appointments during regular hours, online therapy sessions can be set-up at other times.
- Makes Therapy Available to Those with Mobility Issues – A mental or physical disability, lack of transportation, an illness or even bad weather no longer have to get between you and mental health therapy.
- Avoid the Social Stigma – Despite huge strides in recent years to make mental health a more acceptable part of our daily lives, stigma remains a stumbling block for many to seek and receive therapy. Online therapy can help you get the answers and support you need even if you’re concerned or uncomfortable with the idea of face-to-face counselling, being seen entering a therapist’s office or any other aspect of in-person sessions.
- It Can Be the Gateway to Further Treatment – By helping people to overcome many of the obstacles to treatment for psychological issues, remote therapy can make it easier to take the first crucial step to mental wellness.
If you would like to learn more about remote therapy, please contact us here at BRCook Psychological Services.
I am a certified solution-focused therapist, and I integrate a number of theoretical orientations into my practice including cognitive-behavioural, humanistic, psychodynamic, reality focused therapy. In essence, my experience and style have been dynamically moved into an eclectic approach that best seems to fit the client and their personal needs.
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