Research has been going on for years to determine if online therapy is as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy sessions. For example, a 2002 study in CyberPsychology and Behavior found video therapy to be as effective for most and even better for some. In particular, people suffering from panic attacks and anxieties about being around other people tended to have greater success in the comfort of their own homes.
How Does Online Therapy Work?
With the Shelter In Place orders around the world, it would be hard to find someone no longer familiar with video platforms such as Zoom or FaceTime. We are now connecting digitally with so much more frequency than prior to March 2020.
This means, you’re already familiar with how to video conferences. The only difference for therapy services is we need to make sure it’s 100% confidential just like we would if we were meeting face-to-face. This means you’ll get a link for your session that sends you directly into a virtual “waiting room”. You’ll sign in letting us know you’re there, and then your therapist will begin the session.
Bingo…clear, 100% secure therapy from the safety and comfort of your home.
What if there are connection problems?
Again, this is another reason our experience comes in handy. Because we’ve been doing this for a while, we know how to iron out all the kinks.
Before we get started you’ll get a list of instructions on how to make the connection best on your end.
We can help you to problem-solve any issues that come up.
We have a back up plan in place for all sessions in case we get cut off.
What if I don’t have any privacy at my house?
Don’t worry. Your therapist can help you to troubleshoot this, too. We have all sorts of tricks we’ve used with other clients, so we feel confident we can find a way for you to have privacy one way or another.
Will Online Therapy Work For Me?
The research is clear that most types of therapy are as effective online as they are in person. Obviously, if you prefer in-person therapy even after giving online therapy a solid try, this might still be a better option for you. But many client find that they actually like online therapy–sometimes even more. If you feel more comfortable in your own home, you might be willing to be more vulnerable and do better work. Our guarantee for all clients, whether we’re meeting in-person or online, is that your treatment plan will build on what works for you. This means, we keep working until we find something that works.
In a nutshell, there are a few things that determine the effectiveness of therapy:
1. Do you feel like your therapist “gets you”? Finding a good fit with your therapist is kind of like dating. You want someone who gets your sense of humor. Someone who makes you feel comfortable and safe. Someone who “speaks your language”. This is as true for online therapy as it is for in-person sessions.
2. Is your therapist skilled in the types of anxiety and depression treatment that actually help your issues? We take our ongoing education seriously. Each quarter our therapists develop a specific goal for clinical skill development. Many times, this is tied to issues that have come up in session with specific clients. So, if we have a client who is not making progress, we’ll identify a training, book, or podcast that we think might help us to work with the specific issues in that case. In this way, our skills develop and are literally tailor-made for our clients’ needs.
3. Are you open and ready to do the work? This is a big piece of the puzzle. While everyone wants to feel better, not everyone is actually ready to do the work required to make the big changes they want. We help you to figure that out and overcome obstacles that are holding you back.
Which Online Therapy is Best?
Most types of therapy can be done online. These days, with COVID-19 forcing the entire world to stay inside, therapists everywhere have been forced to try out services online. So, that means there’s a lot of choices, and it can be hard to know how to choose.
Luckily for us, we have been providing online therapy for many years.
This means you will have not only a well-qualified therapist to lead you in healing, but also a confident and calm therapist.
Why does experience with online anxiety treatment or depression help matter?
Research also shows that when the therapist is confident and enjoys a type of therapy modality, the client has a much better chance of healing. So, our experience with online therapy, as well as with fast, proven techniques like EMDR and Trauma-Focused CBT to heal your pain means you have the best of the best.
Another reason why experience matters is because your confidentiality matters.
As part of the response to COVID-19, many of the confidentiality restrictions were temporarily lifted for therapists. This means they could now provide therapy through non-HIPAA compliant software like Zoom or FaceTime. Basically, the powers that be wanted to make sure everyone could move to online therapy as easily as possible.
However, because we were already established as online therapy providers, we had our confidential platforms already tested and in place. So, you don’t have to worry about your privacy. We do the worrying for you.
How Much Does Online Therapy Cost?
Since online therapy is as effective as in-person therapy, and our costs associated with bringing you an excellent level of care do not decrease whether you choose online or in-person services, the costs are the same. Visit our Rates Page for more information.
Can I Do EMDR Online?
Absolutely! We can do most types of therapy including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and all the other wonderful tools for healing online.