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Top 3 Benefits of Online Therapy

Does the idea of sitting across from a therapist in an unfamiliar office give you pause? Are you unable to maintain your mental health and well-being because of an inaccessibility to a therapist’s office?

If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, you might benefit from online therapy – and you’re not alone. In fact, less than 10 per cent of patients with mental health concerns had access to in-person therapy in 2017 (1), while in 2022, 70% of people reported regularly using digital mental health supports.(2)

In our digital age, we have the flexibility to connect with one another whenever and wherever we so choose. Fortunately, for those of us who decide to begin or maintain our journey toward positive mental health, we are afforded that same freedom.

There are a variety of reasons you can’t or might not want to attend therapy in person, including:

  • Limited mobility or health issues
  • Lack of reliable transportation
  • Busy work or personal schedules
  • Discomfort or anxiety from face-to-face counselling
  • Living in a rural or remote community

Regardless of the reason for preferring not to meet with a therapist in person, you have the right to make a positive change in your life on your terms and schedule. As long as you have a stable internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can easily access mental health support from the comfort of your home or on the go. Whether you’d like to speak with a qualified mental health professional while on vacation, in between meetings, or even in the car before an appointment, enlisting online therapy services can provide you with these top three benefits:

  1. Convenience
  2. Affordability
  3. Flexibility

Let’s take a closer look at each of these benefits to see if online therapy can help you achieve your mental health goals.

Convenience

Since the world has moved toward an online landscape, we’ve witnessed the overwhelming benefits that remote work, digital communication, and online connection have on our well-being. Born out of the necessity to protect our physical health, the advent of telehealth has also ushered in access to online mental health support. This transition from traditional in-person to online therapy has made mental health care equitable for people from all walks of life, socioeconomic backgrounds, and geographic locations.

The convenience of speaking to a qualified mental health professional is unparalleled and gives people the opportunity to see a therapist via video – something phone counselling sessions lack. This highly desired human connection presents itself to those looking for the warmth of in-person connection while maintaining the convenience of accessing mental health support on your terms.
So, if you’re looking to improve your mental health in a way that doesn’t interfere with your personal or professional commitments, you have options. With online therapy, you won’t have to choose between responsibilities and maintaining your mental health. After all, it’s also our responsibility to take care of our mental health.

Affordability

Let’s face it, therapy isn’t cheap. Some psychologists even charge up to $350 per session (3), so if you’re meeting once per week, you can see how supporting your mental health can become quite expensive. As an alternative, online therapy can provide more affordable options, especially if there are group counselling sessions available. In addition to the actual cost of the therapy session, online therapy saves you money on gas, vehicle maintenance and parking, or public transportation fares. To make the most out of your mental health budget, accessing online therapy can be the most cost-effective way of getting support.

Also, remember to check if you or your partner’s employer insurance plan has extended health benefits. This is a great way to offset the cost of therapy if your insurance policy covers your chosen therapist. That said, make sure that your therapist has the credentials and registration required by our insurance provider. Typically, you should look for a therapist with a minimum of a Master’s degree in either Counselling or Social Work and who is registered to provide counselling in your province.
Some common designations to look for are:

  • BCACC: British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • CCC: Canadian Certified Counsellor
  • CRPO: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • CCPA: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Flexibility

In an ideal world, we would know exactly what the future holds and when we’ll need mental health support. Unfortunately, life doesn’t come with a pre-planned itinerary and is often quite unpredictable. In these instances of unexpected crises, conflicting schedules, and even illness, online therapy can offer you the flexibility needed to maintain your mental health.
Rather than having to cancel an in-person therapy session due to any of these common reasons listed above, online therapy gives you the control and comfort to receive guidance from a therapist when you need it most. So, whether you need to speak with a mental health professional while waiting to pick your kids up from school or you’re called on a last-minute work trip, you’re always just a video call away from learning coping strategies to deal with stress, depression, or anxiety when you’re in need. Our mental health doesn’t adhere to a strict schedule, so neither should you.

Online therapy prioritizes your unique needs

Ultimately, you should remember that therapy doesn’t have to look and feel the same as it did even five years ago. As online therapy becomes the most effective, convenient, and accessible form of mental health support, you are given the flexibility needed to choose a therapeutic option that fits your schedule, preferences, and lifestyle.

If you’d like to learn more about online therapy options, please visit:
https://homewoodhealthcentre.com/for-patients/virtual-therapy/

  1. https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/wp-content/uploads/drupal/2017-03/case_for_investment_eng.pdf
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9131389/
  3. https://www.firstsession.com/resources/therapy-costs-how-much
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