So you are considering therapy and you’ve stumbled upon online counselling. What is online counselling (also known as telehealth)? Online counselling involves meeting with your psychologist online through a secure video chat platform for your session instead meeting in person. Are you wondering if online counselling is effective? Fortunately, research has found that online counselling can be as effective as traditional in-person therapy. We are able to provide online counselling to adults, couples, teens, and children.
Are you wondering if online counselling might be a fit for you? We have a list of potential advantages to online counselling for you to think about.
Starting therapy can sometimes feel overwhelming, scary and daunting. Meeting your psychologist in a place where you feel comfortable, like your home, office or even car, can make taking the first step easier. Once you start your session, many people find it easier to open up and discuss your life, feelings, thoughts and concerns.
Online counselling provides extra privacy and confidentiality as you do not need to walk into an office. Online therapy is also a great option to reduce barriers for people who are not ready for their family members to know they are needing some extra help.
Life is can get busy. Figuring out when you have space to add an appointment can be a major obsticle to accessing counselling. Online counselling can be an great alternative as it allows you to fit in a session around your schedule, without the time for driving. Saving time can be critical for professionals, busy parents and for people who prefer online envorinment. Sometimes challenges come up in life such as feeling sick, or your childcare cancelling. Rather than rescheduling, your appointment online can still allow you to get the support you need.
Your relationship with your psychologist rather than the type of therapy best predicts success in therapy. With online counselling, you are not limited to a certain location or part of city as you are able to access many more options. We are able to provide online counselling to people all over Alberta – from Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and rural Alberta.
If you are considering online therapy, we would love to answer any questions you have. You can contact us to learn more! If you are ready to get started with online counselling, you can book now online.
Here are some tips for online counselling:
Anxiety, fear, stress & overwhelm
Low mood and depression
Relationships struggles (individual and couple’s counselling available)
Anger or resentment
Difficulty controlling emotions
Relationship struggles (individuals & couples)
Insomnia & sleep struggles
Feeling isolated & disconnected
Difficulty adjusting to the new normal
Persistent negativity or irritability
Unhealthy coping mechanisms (ie. alcohol, food, over exercising)
Self-care & boundaries when you are stuck at home
How to support your kids and family
Child anxiety & difficulty coping (with a Child Psychologist)
Perfection & control issues
Insomnia & sleep struggles
Loss of identify
Grieving losses & processing unfairness (ie. a special event you had to cancel, career implications, loss of support)
Guilt & shame
Struggling to make decisions & shutting down
Fatigue, exhaustion & burnout
How to process the “What if’s”
Disordered eating & body image
Difficulty turning your mind or body off