Online therapy has become an essential service throughout the pandemic. People have been feeling more anxious, stressed, or depressed throughout the last year than ever before. If you can relate, you may have considered finding an online therapist.
The first step in finding a therapist who understands you is asking yourself what you want to get out of your therapy sessions. So before starting your search, consider the following:
1. What are your communication preferences?
When it comes to choosing an online therapist, consider how you'd like to communicate with them. Would you rather have live video appointments? Or would you rather have sessions over the phone?
2. What style of therapy are you looking for?
With various amounts of therapeutic approaches available, it may be helpful to narrow down your options. If one specific type of treatment sticks out to you, be sure to mention this to your potential therapist during your initial session.
Unfortunately, some approaches to therapy aren't offered online. Play therapy or EMDR, for example, are typically only available in in-person sessions. However, most other types can be effective online. Depression, anxiety, stress-related issues, panic disorder, and even addiction issues are usually suitable for online therapy.
3. Are you seeking help for a specific concern?
Are you looking to learn healthier coping strategies to manage daily stressors, or do you think you might be struggling with a mental health issue? Most therapists that offer online services provide information online about who would benefit from their services and who wouldn't.
Take time to research your symptoms and gain an idea of what you're experiencing. If you're unsure where to start, check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness or the National American Psychiatric Association (APA). They can help you find accurate, reliable information and resources on a variety of mental health conditions.