In recent years, online therapy has become very commonplace and popular with therapists and therapy clients. Research findings indicate that telehealth is an effective method for delivering therapy.
If you have never gone to therapy before, or if you have only had in-person therapy, you may be wondering if it is a good option for you. Here are some of the main benefits of online therapy at Jen Siladi Therapy:
Accessibility: Online counseling provides increased accessibility to mental health services. Clients can attend therapy without the need for transportation or long commutes. This is especially beneficial for individuals with limited mobility, health concerns, those without transportation, people living in remote areas, or those with less free time.
Convenience: Online counseling offers the flexibility to attend your therapy appointment from any suitable private space with a reliable internet connection in the state of California or Florida. This flexibility can be particularly helpful for individuals who travel frequently or who have busy schedules. Sometimes, additional states will allow temporary permission for out of state online therapists to practice in their state. If you will be traveling outside of California or Florida temporarily, I would be happy to check with the licensing board for the relevant state and find out if I have permission to provide therapy to you while you are there.
Anonymity: Online counseling allows clients to maintain an increased level of anonymity and privacy. Some individuals may feel more comfortable discussing sensitive or personal issues when they are not in a face-to-face setting, and some prefer not to have to come and go from a therapy office and sit in a waiting area with other clients.
Comfort: When you attend therapy online, you can be in your PJs, cuddling with your pet and sipping coffee from your favorite mug. You can set the thermostat to the temperature you prefer, kick off your shoes and sit or stretch out on the chair or couch of your choice.
Continuity of care: Traditional in-person therapy used to be automatically paused if either the therapist or the client had to be out of town for any reason. Virtual therapy greatly increases the opportunity for continuity of care when needed.
While online counseling has numerous advantages and is suitable for the vast majority, it may not be suitable for everyone. Some individuals may require in-person therapy due to the nature of their mental health needs.
During the intake process, I will include a consent document for virtual appointments that outlines the risks and limitations, and you will be given an opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have. If therapy via telehealth appointment is not a fit for you, I will help you to find an alternative in-person provider in your area.