Archive for February, 2019

Why Choose Online Therapy?

February 14, 2019

Hello everyone!  Today I wanted to talk about the benefits of online therapy and provide a bit of education.  Actually, I have recently run across some potential clients who were not even aware that sessions could be done this way and were grateful to be informed of the option.  There are numerous plusses to doing counseling via videoconference!  Research is also confirming that it can be just as effective as in-person therapy.  

Some of the benefits of online counseling include the following:

  • Sessions can be conducted in the comfort of your own home.  In fact, some of my online clients see me while in their own meditation rooms!  On a related note, meditation before and/or after sessions can make the therapy even more powerful.   
  • There is no traffic to deal with and no time spent trying to get to an office location.
  • Related to traveling to an office is the concern about those living in remote areas or in a location where there is difficulty getting to professionals who specialize in their particular needs.  This problem then usually becomes a non-concern as the only location limits are state lines (due to clinician licenses).
  • For college students, or those who move around within their state multiple times per year, there is continuity of care.
  • The weather typically does not matter, which has been absolutely necessary during this winter we are experiencing here in Illinois!  
  • If there happens to be a contagious illness happening with the client (or therapist) there is no fear about passing that onto the other person. 
  • Childcare issues are non-existent or at least significantly lessened.  If it is determined that a sitter will be needed, it is for a much shorter period due to having no driving time adding to the total.
  • Home bound and handicapped clients can receive professional attention like those who are fortunate enough to be able to get to an office.
  • If there is something at a client’s home that would be helpful in the assessment or treatment (such as specific food choices in the pantry or a closet needing organizing) it can easily be seen via videoconference. 
  • The chances of missing an appointment are much less, due to several of the above factors, plus the online therapy platforms most therapists utilize send multiple appointment reminders to clients typically on the same device as what will be used to enter the session.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about this type of counseling.  The iTherapy online platform is my current secure videoconference provider.  Their system is quite easy to use, and the customer service is excellent including 24/7 technical support!  Appointment request:  

Thank you and as always ~ Love yourself it’s good for your health!  After all it is Valentine’s Day today!

Gina L Spielman LCSW CH

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