Welcome to another Tuesday Therapy Notes, the weekly series that examines some of the common issues associated with therapy. Today, we are talking about teletherapy.
Teletherapy, for anyone who doesn’t know, is when your therapist works with you via phone, or more commonly via Zoom, Doximitry, or some other video conferencing platform. It has become much more common in recent months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, it has how I have been getting therapy since March.
There are also platforms that operate exclusively as teletherapy platforms. These platforms include websites like TalkSpace and BetterHelp. These platforms have been growing in popularity since they came on to the scene a few years ago.
And there are several benefits to teletherapy. First, it saves time because you don’t have to travel to and from a therapist’s office. Secondly, it allows you to get your therapy from the comfort of your own home. It also increases your options. If you live in a rural area for example, it may be hard for you to find many therapists, particularly if you are looking for one with a specific skill set or cultural background. And some of the teletherapy sites also can be more affordable for those who might be seeking treatment without insurance.
Of course, the downside of teletherapy is that if your internet is being glitchy, it can make it difficult to develop connections with your therapist. Believe me, as someone who has had his session freeze up and kick him out, I can attest to the fact that when you are working through something difficult, the last thing you want is to have to repeat yourself or constantly as, “can you hear me now,” as if you are auditioning for a cell phone commercial instead of getting therapy.
Yet overall I find the benefits of teletherapy outweigh the negative aspects of it. But I am curious about all of you, if you’ve done teletherapy, what are your thoughts on it? Feel free to leave a comment below, and until next time, thanks for reading, and be well.