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Online Therapy

Virtual Therapy Tips

Making the most out of your time with Changes Counselling and Psychotherapy

Are you hesitant about attending therapy online or by phone?

Tried virtual therapy before but found it distracting or lacking connection?

See below for information on best practices to prepare for your virtual therapy experience. 

Benefits of Virtual Therapy

  • Access therapy from anywhere (work, home, vehicle, etc.)

  • Flexibility and ease of scheduling

  • Feeling more comfortable in a familiar setting, enhancing vulnerability and disclosure

  • No commuting to and from your therapy appointment

  • Individuals in rural areas, with chronic illness, or those with transportation or mobility concerns may be able to access services that were previously unavailable

  • Eliminates any fear or concern for potentially running into a familiar face in the waiting room of a therapy office

You can read more about clinical research on the effectiveness of virtual therapy from the University of Alberta and the National Center for Health Research in the US.

Possible Drawbacks of Virtual Therapy

  • Not suitable for individuals in crisis and experiencing intense thoughts of suicide with urges to act on them, as it can be difficult for therapist to intervene appropriately 

  • Some individuals may truly feel a lack of connection with a therapist and find they are more effective working in-person

  • Difficulty in attending if you don’t have access to a safe, secure, and confidential space to meet with your therapist virtually for sessions

  • Technological issues can occur and calls may be dropped, video could be frozen temporarily or difficulties logging into online videoconferencing platform

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