I’ve been neglecting my blog since Valentine’s Day. Not that I didn’t want to post, but I was struggling with what to write. In the last couple months, business and experience have been fruitful, but I’ve come across an interesting find in the therapy world: not a lot of people support teletherapy. I was shocked, why wouldn’t there be overwhelming support for clients to get the help they need, any time, anywhere?
I’ve done a bit of reflecting on the subject, and I’ve decided to not hold back, but to become a source of information and education on the subject.
Teletherapy was something I got thrown into at my previous job, and in the beginning, I didn’t view it as “real therapy”. I did not think I would get the same outcomes as I did with face to face therapy, but I was wrong.
With teletherapy, I notice a deeper level of comfort in my clients, because they are able to express themselves from the safety of their environment. Don’t get me wrong, certain aspects of therapy are a bit more tricky. Body language is an important part of therapy, and it an be difficult to decipher through a videochat service. However, I overcame those obstacles through patience and practice in the field and would never encourage someone to practice outside their depth.
What You Can Do
Of course, any practice that is regulated in this way can have a few bad seeds. I have heard stories about neglect, a lack of authenticity, and other struggles related to mental health providers. However, these should not be relegated to teletherapy alone.
Instead, take charge of your mental health and research your practitioner. Check out reviews, have a consultation with them, ask questions about the process.
I look forward to continuing this conversation with colleagues and prospective clients to eliminate the stigma of mental healthcare.