Why would anyone do online counseling?
Counseling is supposed to be in person. Ideally, lying on the couch with a therapist sitting somewhere nearby and silently making notes as you ramble stream of conscious about your mother, your potty-training, and even about the dog you had as a child.
After all, isn’t that what Freud perfected when he launched the counseling field eons ago?
Truth is, while some therapists still practice Freud’s psychoanalytic approach, therapy has really changed thanks to innovators like Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Fritz Perls…. These guys brought counseling into the 20th century.
They proffered that the relationship of the client and therapist was the primary agent for change. They suggested dialogue, conversation, and internal examination were at the heart of counseling. They sat across from and alongside their clients. And the practice of modern-day psychotherapy and counseling reflects their influence.
Today, with increased technology access and high-speed internet, coupled by mobile devices and busy lifestyles, online counseling is the next evolution of psychotherapy. It’s iCounseling, version 2.1, for the 21st century.
Online counseling goes where traditional therapy has not been able to: Directly to you wherever you are (well, within reason of course). It makes counseling accessible in your everyday life and it offers conveniences that traditional counseling hasn’t.
Such as, getting dressed to leave the house is an option. Eating lunch is during session is pretty common. Standing up to let a dog out happens often. Being your real, authentic self in your natural surrounding is encouraged and accepted.
You might wonder: But how does it work?
The structure of online counseling is virtually the same as traditional office-based sessions.
- Appointments are scheduled and generally start and end on time.
- There’s usually a check-in at beginning of the session that helps determine what will be focused on.
- Coping strategies and relaxation skills are often included.
- Goals are established and evaluated regularly to be sure that what you want counseling for, you get counseling for.
- Break-through and new insight occurs regularly.
Because with counseling, there is no difference in the substance of the session whether it is online or in-person.
The only difference is you can comfortably be at your location, in your space, on your time, under your terms working through the very issues that you identify.
And that’s why many people choose online counseling.
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