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Virtual Therapy Versus In-Person Therapy

by on Friday, August 20th, 2021

Since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, it seems like everything has locked down at one time or another. During that time, many people in therapy did their sessions via some type of virtual means. As more strains of the virus continue to evolve, there are some counselors and patients who still feel safer doing their therapy sessions virtually or through some electronic means. But are virtual sessions as effective as those held in person?

Effectiveness of Virtual Therapy Sessions

Online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy. While the guidelines that counselors use in the treatment process are the same, there are some differences between the two, and you will have to decide which option may be most effective to you and which you’ll be most comfortable with. 

Advantages of Online or Virtual Therapy

With virtual therapy, the patient is in the comfort of their own home, making them more comfortable and perhaps able to open up more easily and quickly with their counselor. 

Virtual therapy can be less expensive. For patients, especially those paying out-of-pocket for their therapy, this could make a big difference.

Some counselors can be reached via text between appointments. This can be a real plus for patients who need their counselor readily available, even if they don’t need or want a full hour-long session.

If you live in an area where there’s not an abundance of therapy options, a virtual option may be best for you. 

Drawbacks to Virtual Therapy

One of the biggest disadvantages to virtual therapy is that some people — counselors and patients alike — may find it difficult to establish a close relationship where they share trust and comfort. 

Because virtual or online therapy is still considered new by some, your insurance may not necessarily cover it.

Any time you’re dealing with technology and online modalities, you need to be aware that technological snafus could arise during your session. Few things are more frustrating than being in the middle of a session and making good headway, only to lose the connection because of a technology glitch. 

In the end, the most important thing is that if you feel you need some professional counseling, you seek it out, no matter how it is delivered.

With COVID still making headlines, some counseling centers are offering online or telephone therapy sessions in addition to in-person ones. In this way, a person does not have to wait to get professional counseling simply because they’re still a little leery about venturing out in public. Virtual therapy can be just as effective as in-person sessions, but much of the success depends on the person receiving treatment. At Restorations Therapy we are here to help whether by telephone, over video, or in person. Call us today at (720) 446-6585

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