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Providing Online Telehealth Services In Florida
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    Is Online Therapy as Effective?

    Online therapy as been on the rise over the last few years, but it skyrocketed in popularity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to advancements in technology and several key benefits, telehealth has become “the norm” for many physicians, mental health professionals, and specialists across the globe. But, whether you’ve participated in a telehealth appointment for mental health or not, there’s a question that seems to remain for everyone – is telehealth therapy as effective as in-person therapy? Now that the pandemic is slowing down and things are getting “back to normal,” you might wonder if you should see your therapist in person again, or continue with telehealth. Are you getting the same level of care?

    What’s the Difference?

    In most cases, yes, telehealth therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. For some healthcare issues, in-person visits are necessary for proper diagnoses. But, that usually isn’t the case for mental health.

    In fact, one of the biggest differences between in-person care and telehealth can also be a major benefit for those in therapy. It’s easy for people to feel anxious about seeing a therapist. Some might even have anxiety over leaving the house or being around other people.

    Telehealth therapy eliminates those fears by allowing you to stay in the comfort of your own home. As a result, you might be more willing to open up and show vulnerability. You can get to the root cause of your issues faster, and find solutions and techniques to manage your symptoms wherever you are.

    Additional Benefits

    In addition to making things more comfortable, there are a few benefits to telehealth therapy that make it just as effective (if not more) as an in-person alternative.

    One of those benefits is convenience. There’s no sitting around in a waiting room, feeling anxious about the other people there or what might happen in your appointment. Even if your therapist is running a bit behind, you’ll still be comfortable at home while you wait.

    Telehealth therapy is also more accessible. If you have mobility issues, for example, you might not actively seek out mental health assistance knowing you have to leave the house. The same could happen if you live in a rural area and don’t want to drive over an hour for an appointment. Telehealth eliminates hose issues, offering the same quality care to everyone, no matter their situation.

    Are There Any Drawbacks?

    Most people agree that telehealth therapy and in-person therapy are just as effective. However, it’s important to note the potential “cons” you might experience.

    Most notably, you might not be able to feel a strong connection with your therapist through a screen. It’s easier for some people than others. Connection and comfort are major components to a good therapy session. You should have a good relationship with your therapist so you feel comfortable opening up. If you feel like you can’t truly connect when you’re not in person, telehealth might not be for you.

    Another potential drawback is that telehealth therapy might not be covered by your insurance. While more companies have started to recognize telehealth as a legitimate service, not everyone is on board yet. Check with your provider before making an appointment.

    If you’ve been considering telehealth therapy for a while, the best thing you can do is give it a try. Telehealth isn’t the best option for everyone. But, in most cases, it’s just as effective – if not more so – than going for an in-person visit. If you’re someone who’s comfortable with technology, it should be easy for you to set up an appointment and connect with the right therapist to meet your needs.