Should I Try Video Counseling???

Should I Try Video Counseling???

POSSIBLE ADVANTAGES:
  • You will have an automatic written record of the therapy (if using email).
  • You can send emails at anytime of the day or night (if using email).
  • You can engage in counseling even if you are homebound, ill or live in a remote area.
  • You can read the therapist’s responses as often you would like (if using email).
  • You can take as much time as needed to compose your emails.
  • You can choose a single consultation or ongoing counseling.
  • It’s possible to engage in counseling from almost anywhere (home, work, traveling).
  • Online therapy is generally more affordable than face-to-face therapy.
  • Online therapy can be less intimidating with no stigma attached.
  • Save you time, no traveling necessary!
  • You may be able to use money from Health Savings Account.
POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGES:
  • The lack of body language and verbal (spoken) cues (if using email).
  • The possibility of misunderstandings due to text-based communications (if using email).
  • Problems associated with technology failures (i.e., power outages, crashes).
  • Potential difficulties in verifying the identity of either party.
  • The requirement of being comfortable with computers and keyboards.
  • Risks to confidentiality due to technology (i.e. hackers).
  • Insurance companies generally will  not pay for online counseling.
  • Problems in helping a suicidal or homicidal client.
YOU SHOULD NOT CONSIDER ONLINE COUNSELING IF:
  • You have serious thoughts of hurting yourself or others – if so, call 911
  • You have a chronic mental illness requiring intense treatment.
  • You are uncomfortable with computers and keyboards.

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