We want things to happen quickly, easily and conveniently, which is why online therapy is a good place to start.
Virtual therapy is very similar to meeting with a psychologist face to face. The main difference is that with virtual therapy you now have the option to communicate and get support from the comfort of your own home.
Through this medium you can connect with your psychologist over the phone or through any video conferencing platforms. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the necessity for people to be able to access support remotely due to the isolation measures implemented.
Extensive research has shown us that clinical outcomes did not differ between virtual therapy and in person counselling.
A systematic review, ‘About the Effectiveness of Telemental Health’ examined the efficacy of telehealth psychology compared to in-person treatment. They reported equivalent outcomes for depression, anxiety, physical health issues, addiction, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Backhaus et al., 2012; Hilty et al., 2013).
For a lot of us, the thought of arriving at your psychologist appointment, taking a seat on the couch and talking about your problems, all whilst trying to remain anonymous is already daunting enough.
With virtual therapy you can speak with your psychologist in the comfort of your own home, or in a location that feels safe and familiar to you. You don’t need to worry about what you have to wear, or if someone is going to see you because you are in control of the setting.
Let’s be real, cost is a massive barrier to getting help. This is not the case with virtual therapy. Because psychologists don’t need to worry about the costs of paying for a counselling space and other overheads, virtual therapy treatment can be significantly reduced.
At Recharge, our mission is to create a future where everyday Australians have adequate access to mental health support. So making mental health support affordable is crucial to our success.
With virtual therapy you can get matched with your perfect psychologist in less than 24 hours. Online counselling removes the hurdles of visiting multiple different clinics until you find the right psychologist, saving you on time and travel.
By having web based mental health support, you can speak with one psychologist instantly and if you decide it’s not a good fit, you can simply pick another one; Done with a click of a button.
The sad truth is that stigma within mental health still exists. In some communities or friendship groups being seen walking into a psychologist clinic can create the feeling of judgement. This is often a huge barrier to seeking help due to the fears associated with our mental health.
With virtual therapy you can choose to communicate with your psychologist over the phone or even through using a nickname. The beauty of this method is that it can help you feel comfortable to take that first huge step, knowing these are options to maintain your confidentiality.
It’s amazing that you’re looking at taking a massive step towards speaking to someone about your mental health!
If you’re feeling unsure whether web based counselling is right for you, here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you with your decision.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then counselling online might be right for you.
Getting started is easy. You can either send an inquiry or choose to speak with one of our mental health nurses to get to know you more. They’ll take extreme care in trying to connect you with a perfect psychologist. If at the end, we realise this might not be the best option, our mental health nurses will provide you with an alternative solution to ensure you get the right level of care.
We wish you all the best on your road to recovery!