• Sakshi

Effectiveness of online therapy

Updated: Jan 18

With the advent of technology and social media has begun a beautiful revolution where almost everything known to previous generations is shifting from tedious traditional ways to the convenient online medium.

A similar shift is being noticed by mental healthcare industries. Seeking therapy used to be a lot tiresome and tough on the pocket.

However, with therapy going online, it seems to be ridiculously affordable and accessible at the same time. But now the question arises - is online therapy legit? Is it effective?

While many people have found relief through online therapy, some remain sceptical.

One of the major concerns people have about online therapy is that it is highly impersonal and detached. The therapists do not get the right atmosphere to connect with the patient. This leads to incorrect diagnoses and/or misled treatment.

Most people believe that therapy, when conducted online, does not allow the therapist to analyse and observe a patient through their tone, voice, body language, eye contact, demeanour, etc.

Some have also come forth and raised questions on whether the online medium is efficient enough to provide necessary tools, tactics, and techniques for healing while passively, gazing at a screen.

Despite these recurrent concerns, online therapy has proven to be effective for a good number of people dealing with mental health issues.

Following are a few reasons that make online therapy more effective:

1. Accessibility

People in pastoral and remote regions or those with transportation problems can easily access the therapy and keep up with the treatment.

Those with physical limitations and/or mobility issues can get help without much hassle. People who are not able to leave their place for several reasons, such as physical or mental sickness, can find online therapy a valuable option to conventional therapy.

2. Affordability

Online therapy costs much less than conventional in-person therapy. People from not-so well-off families, students on minimum pocket money, daily wage earners, and people with no life or health insurance can afford an e-therapy fairly easy.

3. Convenience

Online therapy is remarkably convenient. The patients can book e-therapy sessions for the days and times that work the best for them.

Scheduling the sessions as per their needs makes it all the more pleasant. The patients need not worry about meeting people they don’t know in the waiting room. They can simply attend their sessions online in the comfort of their home.

4. Trustworthy

Online therapy allows patients to use their pseudo names or even nicknames. This can entice people who are ashamed or embarrassed in seeking therapy as their real selves. It is also simpler for some individuals to disclose private data when they are sharing it online.

People with issues like anxiety, especially social anxiety, are more likely to reach out to an online therapist.

5. Approachability

Technology has made mental health care more approachable in recent years. A majority of people are not comfortable talking about seeking mental health treatment as they are about physical health.

Online therapy makes it easier to overcome the stigma that is associated with mental health. People need not have a strict clinical diagnosis to seek therapy. Anyone to everyone concerned about their mental and emotional well-being can benefit from talking to a professional while exploring online therapy.