On any given day, you probably face stressors. Maybe you got into a fight with your friend or partner. You might have lost a job or not received that promotion you were expecting. Was you kid sick and throwing up everywhere? Are you tired of your health problems and feel hopeless about not getting better? Or, for some, you might actually "have it all" and still feel unsettled about life.
It is a universal truth amongst therapists that in-person therapy will always feel best because you get the full scope of each person. However, that's not always possible. When you feel stuck and alone, especially when you don't have anyone else to call, then online therapy can help.
1. You get to skip transportation issues and stay home.
Maybe you don't have easy access to a car or don't like driving. Many parts of Texas and Nevada don't have great public transportation so for 45 minute session, you're left with a 2-hour commute. Scheduling an online therapy appointment is empowering to taking action even if you don't have all the resources.
2. You're still the one in charge at home.
If you take care of pets, kiddos, or older adults, then it can be harder to leave them to attend appointments. Finding people to come over while you're away can be costly financially and also in asking for those "favors." Stay home and while they're sleeping or otherwise engaged, take some time in a separate room to have your session.
3. Privacy is yours!
When you work with an informed therapist, they will have a privacy secured video conferencing platform. You'll get to choose what room you want to be in and even use earbuds/microphone for added comfort that only you are hearing the session.
4. You won't feel alone.
Your therapist isn't your friend but there is a strong connection that happens over time as you both get to know each other. You start to see that this person is consistent, thoughtful, honest, and wants to help. By having a healthy relationship with this person, you start to learn how to take those experiences out to others. In this way you get to improve other relationships or create new ones.
5. Start trusting yourself.
Starting therapy is tough! Finding a person, setting up an appointment, filling out the paperwork and then having that first appointment is all scary! But for us who are therapists or have gone to therapy before, we know it's worth it because it means you took the first step to trust yourself. You learn to keep listening to what works for you and how to live what is important for you!
6. Embrace your flexibility.
Scheduling appointments is so much fun because there are so many more options. Some therapists are licensed in different states so you can take advantage of the time difference. You want a late night appointment when the kids are asleep? Great! Your therapist may be available to you from their home office. You like early morning sessions because the house is quiet? Awesome, you and your therapist can share a cup of coffee as the sun is coming up.
7. Feel accomplished.
You have done it! By finding something for yourself, making those efforts and keeping those boundaries means you have taken action to care for yourself. Feeling a sense of mastery will help bolster your confidence and "feel-good" hormones.
8. Come up with a game plan & feel safe.
Having a good plan for changes you want to make in your life is the best way to start feeling in charge now and feeling peace in the big picture. Making goals, taking action, and then assessing progress all takes time. Having the flexiblity of an online therapist will help you get there.
Feeling inspired and ready to go? Please be in touch with a therapist to help get there. If you're a resident of Nevada or Texas, please call me! I'd love to be part of your journey to feeling better.
Namaste and gracias,
P.S. Here is some additional information on preparing for online therapy:
The American Psychology Association has listed some areas to consider when starting. Namely, ensure there is HIPPA privacy and the person is licensed in the state in which you live.