The new digital era: online therapy and coaching
With busy schedules and demands of modern day lives, it can feel hard to fit in therapy or coaching. However, with the digital era to hand, the internet has opened up new innovative mental health treatment and self-development. Online therapy or coaching is often termed e-therapy or e-coaching which can be a helpful best type of therapy for you.
A good option for those that travel or live in remote areas
If you tend to travel or live far from the therapist’s clinic then online therapy can be accessed from international or remote locations. It is especially helpful for those living in such areas who may not have access to any other form of mental health treatment in their area. E-therapy gives these individuals access to treatment that they might not have otherwise.
Accessibility for those with physical difficulties
Online therapy provides accessibility to individuals who are disabled or housebound, pregnant or have young children.
Convenient and affordable
Online therapy can be fairly affordable, as you will be able to attend therapy sessions online in the comfort of your own home or private office. It is convenient if you do not have access to any sort of transport. In addition, you can often schedule your therapy sessions for times that are the most convenient for you.
An educational tool
Online or e-therapy/coaching can be an important tool to help people learn more about psychological health and be a revealing and insightful process.
Life coaching sessions are often led over the phone and people have found this format beneficial. There are many studies that have been done both in the UK and USA (Andersson and Cuijpers, 2009; Godleski et al., 2014; Kessler et al., 2009) which show that online therapy is as effective as face-to-face therapy for mental health issues. Please note that it is not suitable for people with a history of mental illness which requires the continuation of medical treatment.
In summary, online therapy and coaching has several good reasons for being the choice of support as it serves not just as an alternative but for many a preferred option.
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