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Online Therapy: The Benefits And Requirements For Getting Started

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Online therapy at Blue Oak Counseling Services

Online therapy is becoming a more and more popular choice for those seeking help. However, not many people are familiar with the benefits of using this option for treatment. So what are the perks? And what do you need to get started?

Benefits of online therapy

Convenience and affordability. Since you'll be attending the session from the comfort of your own home, you can schedule sessions for the times you have available and are most convenient for you.Nowadays, many states require insurance companies to cover online therapy just like they would traditional therapy sessions. To learn more, contact your insurance company about how your healthcare plan will cover teletherapy.

Treatment is more accessible. Online therapy makes treatment more accessible. You may not feel entirely comfortable talking to friends or family about health issues, but having online access to care makes it easier to overcome the stigma that's been historically attached to mental health issues and getting proper treatment.

Online therapy can be a helpful tool in learning about your mental health, regardless of whether your mental health is strong. In helping you better understand your stressors, triggers, thinking patterns, and behaviors, online therapy can help you strengthen your resilience and help you become psychologically stronger. And, you don't need to be clinically diagnosed with a mental health condition to benefit from talking to a professional. Online theory can provide you with an easy avenue to get started.

Online therapy is confidential. Healthcare providers are subject to HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rules, which establish guidelines to ensure your personal health data won’t be disclosed without your knowledge.

Requirements of online therapy

A fully charged laptop, desktop computer, or tablet with a good webcam and audio connection. Having your computer or tablet die during the session can be a hassle, especially since there's a limited amount of time. If you're able, keep your device plugged in throughout the session or ensure that it's fully charged before starting. It's also recommended to have headphones to prevent any noises and sounds from echoing and allows you to focus on your conversation with your therapist entirely.

Have your phone as backup. If any technical difficulties arise, you may want to keep your fully charged phone next to you just in case, so you can easily switch to a phone call or a different video platform. However, phones aren’t recommended for teletherapy for the following reasons:

  • More notifications mean there's a higher chance of disruptions and distractions during the session.