Many people want to understand themselves more deeply, and let’s be honest, vent about the tough stuff happening in their lives. They don’t want to burden friends and family, and they long for support from a professional.
But who has time to get a babysitter for the kids and add one more thing to the schedule?
Here are three reasons why virtual therapy is ideal for multi-tasking parents, busy students, and hard-working millennials.
The Comfort of Home
That’s right. You can do therapy from the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas, with a cup of tea. All you need is an internet connection and a device that has a video camera. Time is your most valuable asset. Don’t waste it sitting in traffic, or stuck on public transit.
Tip: Having the house to yourself will allow you to speak more openly. Get your partner to take the kids out for a walk, or ask your roommate to go to a coffee shop for an hour!
Your Ideal Professional
Instead of choosing your therapist by their proximity to you, choose a therapist that is ideal for you. Perhaps you are looking for a practitioner who specializes in postpardum support, anxiety, or has experience with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The beauty of online therapy is that you can find a therapist from any part of the world. You have more choice and can be selective in finding a therapist who can support your specific needs.
Tip: Be sure to check that your therapist is accredited in their country of origin. In Ontario, Canada, all psychotherapists must be part of a regulatory body, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Search on their website to ensure that your therapist is a member.
Do you travel for work or have family who live in another province or country? Have no fear, technology can keep you connected to your therapist, no matter where you are in the world! Online therapy is a great way to maintain consistent self-care for travelling professionals and vacationing families. Therapy while overlooking the ocean? Yes, please.
Tip: If you are going to be in a different time zone, be sure to let your therapist know. It’s important that you both have the same session time!
Did you know that virtual therapy was an option? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!