The Benefits of Teletherapy

    1. You are in the comfort of your own home, which often helps people feel less stressed.
    2. You don’t have to drive, especially in bad weather. You can attend therapy even if you have car troubles, and you save money on gas.
    3. A variety of therapists allow their clients to enjoy snacks during therapy, especially if it has been a busy day.  Eating during therapy might seem more awkward in person.
    4. Therapy can be scheduled at a time that would be stressful or inconvenient if you had to travel to get to the appointment.
    5. Most of the time you can see the facial expressions of your therapist as clearly as if they were sitting in front of you so creating a connection is as easy as in-person therapy for many people.
    6. You can easily access materials and/or other information that may help the therapeutic process, e.g. a piece of artwork, a poem or letter you may have written to a spouse or friend.
    7. It is easier to attend therapy and not miss out if you are feeling a little under the weather.  In addition, people who do not like to drive at night can schedule evening appointments.
    8. There is no chance you will be exposed to viruses, etc.
    9. Easier if you are physically challenged, e.g. If you need a wheelchair, a walker, or crutches to move about.
    10. The convenience is helpful; attending telehealth therapy takes less time out of your day.
    11. Some people find that teletherapy is less intimidating than in-person therapy, and they may be more willing to begin therapy and/or continue it because of their increased comfort level.
    12. Less waiting time and more privacy; you don’t have to sit in a specified room where there may be other people.
    13. You can still care of pets and older children, and not worry about them being alone or finding a babysitter.
    14. There is no need to worry about your attire since you are at home, and you decide how much of you will be seen on camera.
    15. “Research shows that teletherapy provides the same quality of care as traditional therapy.  According to the American psychological Association, teletherapy is just as effective as in-person sessions for treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety disorders.”  (April 19,20)


    • Susan Buchalter, LPC, LPAT, CGP

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