Pros and Cons of Online Counseling

You may have been considering online counseling, but are afraid it won’t be as effective as in-person sessions. Here are a few pros and cons of video counseling to help you make an informed decision.

PROS

1.       Confidentiality – Leaving the house to meet your therapist in person, means you could run into someone you know. (Like how you always run into someone you know when you go to the store in your pajama pants.) Online counseling provides a way to receive support while also maintaining your confidentiality.

2.       Flexibility – As long as there’s an internet connection, therapy is available. This is ideal for people who travel or have busy schedules.

3.       More Choices – With online counseling you aren’t limited to the therapists in your area. There are many online therapists that may be a better fit for your needs.

CONS

1.       Less Intimate For Some –  Online counseling isn’t for everyone. Some feel the distance reduces the connection between client and counselor.

2.       Trust – There is more opportunity to be dishonest. It’s important that you verify the therapists’ credentials before you schedule the first session. Someone could call themselves a professional counselor, but not be trained or licensed to provide the services. Credentials can be verified by the licensing boards within each state.

3.       Body language – About 80% of our communication with each other is non-verbal. We are missing out on a lot of non-verbal cues when we only see each other from the shoulders up.

Each of us is different. Think about your personality and your needs before making the decision to work with someone online. Most therapist directories list which providers offer online options. Some great directories are onlinecounselling.com and psychologytoday.com.