Should I Try Video Counseling???
- 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.
- 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.