Nothing is ok and you’re struggling.
At the start of this pandemic, we were told things would go “back to normal” in a couple of weeks. Then months and multiple years later, we are feeling frazzled and worn out by broken promises and canceled plans.
You are struggling, your kids are struggling, your family is struggling…you have fewer resources, less time and are stretched thin…your home might have event turned into your office and your children’s school…you need help, but can’t imagine when to fit in the time and is it even safe to go to an office…sound familiar?
We get it, and we are here for you. At Inner Balance Counseling, we offer online therapy (also known as telehealth and virtual therapy) to help those who need our services, but are unable to make it to our office. Instead of you coming to us, we come to you in the safety and privacy of your own home.
Please do not continue to sit alone and overwhelmed–reach out to us today. We understand if you feel wary about online counseling–we were too!
So, let’s debunk some myths about virtual counseling:
Myth 1: Online therapy is not as effective as in-person (face-to-face) sessions
Online therapy is as good and effective as in-person sessions. A study carried out on clients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) showed that outcomes and patient satisfaction achieved via online counseling were comparable to in-person sessions. We now know that those who received treatment via online counseling and in-person treatment have similar outcomes.
Myth 2: You can not build a relationship with your therapist online
Have you ever had a friendship with someone in another state? Do you FaceTime them? Have you been on a zoom birthday party? Online therapy is very similar.
Online counseling helps clients achieve a healthy relationship with the therapist. It is true that it is not the “same” as in-person counseling, but that doesn’t mean it wont work. Online therapy lets people who can’t come to an office (either due to time, childcare, or health reasons) get connected to a therapist .
Myth 3: You can’t do EMDR online
This myth gets a lot of people and stops them from engaging in counseling because they think they can only do EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy in person. However, that is just not true. With the pandemic, and more and more people working from home we have now developed new and extremely effective ways to do EMDR during online sessions. We can achieve just as much healing with EMDR online as we did in person.
Myth 4: It’s harder to work on “real issues”
Some people think it is harder to work on “real issues” with online counseling. However, this is not true. Studies have shown that online counseling can provide the venue for people to get help who may not have otherwise. It is just as effective. Telehealth has proven to be an effective means to diagnose many disorders, including one the hardest to identify–Autism. If it can help identify Autism, how more real can it get?
Myth 5: Online therapy is not confidential and safe
Online therapy is completely safe and your data is kept confidential. Therapists are bound by telehealth laws, and all therapists at IBC follow telehealth ethics best-practices. Therefore, you can feel free to let go of all your insecurities regarding online therapy.
Myth 6: My insurance won’t cover online therapy
Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus, many companies have started providing insurance for online therapies.
Myth 7: It is easier to get distracted during online therapy
It is a tech world we live in. Almost everyone nowadays owns a smartphone. Our grandmas even know how to facetime us. So, this myth is the easiest of all to debunk. In the present state, we all feel more connected to our phones than to the real world. Therefore, patients may get distracted from the real world but not from a video-therapy session.
So what are you waiting for?
Reach out today and start feeling in control of your life.
Fact: It’s not the same but is just as effective
Fact: It saves time
Fact: It is more convenient
Fact: You do not have to get out of your pj’s