Like a lot of people, maintaining my mental health and wellbeing has been a huge focus for me the past few months. Whether it’s through journaling, increasing exercise, or trying to eat a little better, the pandemic has brought it to the forefront of my mind. Another tool to aid wellbeing, and probably the most obvious is accessing counselling/ therapy services. Although we no longer have access to face to face therapy in a lot of cases, online therapy sessions are available that can offer counselling/ therapy from the comfort of our own homes. It goes without saying that accessing therapy is still a struggle, unless you are privileged enough to be able to go private, but I wanted to share my experience of switching to online therapy, the pros and cons and why I’m a huge fan…
I wanted to put this at the start of this post, purely to highlight that therapy can be for everyone. You don’t need a specific diagnosis to engage with therapy and take a lot from it. Whether you’re experiencing stress, loneliness or low self esteem (as examples). If there’s something that’s impacting your day and you want to change it, therapy might be the route to go down.
Considering online therapy sessions? Here’s my experience, the pros and cons and some tips to get the most out of it.
I’ve had therapy in person before and had the expectation that online therapy just wouldn’t be effective, but I was wrong. Online therapy can still be extremely effective if you’re willing to show up. This study from Verywell found that 93% of those having online therapy agree it’s helpful – so I know I’m not the only one benefiting from it!
There’s a lot of people out there offering online therapy sessions. One thing I will say is that it’s much easier for people who are not registered therapists/ accredited to advertise their services and get work online. I’d opt for someone who is accredited and lists their qualifications so you know they have the experience, if you’re having to go private this is something you’ll be spending your money on. It has to be right for you as much as it does the therapist you choose.
One thing that helped me with this is using websites such as Counselling Directory. All of the list counsellors/ therapists listed here have been verified by their approval policy meaning their accreditations have been checked.
There’s a few things you can do to get the most out of your online therapy sessions and prepare in general.
If you are struggling with your mental health right now and feel like you need support, click the link to access a full list of charities: NHS Mental Health Resources.