It is no secret that telehealth and digital health options have grown in popularity over the past year and a half throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the CDC’s 2020 report, “Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, that states mental health among Americans was significantly worse in 2020 than in 2019, these convenient services are needed. With advanced technology, as well as a rise in those seeking treatment, there are more options to begin therapy than ever. If you’re not yet sure about online therapy, check out some of the advantages of digital health services below:
1. Time efficiency
The solution to “I don’t have time for therapy.” Remove the barriers and receive your treatment at home! By not having to deal with a drive to an office, arranging transportation, or spending time in the waiting room, you can put your time to better use by focusing on healing. Online therapy is also an excellent option for those who live in rural areas where the closest office might be almost an hour away.
2. Convenience is key
By taking part in digital health, you can take your calls, messages, and video appointments with your therapist from anywhere. That means no more cancelled sessions because you’re on vacation, stuck at work, or experiencing other conflicts. Oftentimes, scheduling conflicts can be a major obstacle in receiving care but with digital health everything is on your elective schedule!
It can also be more comfortable to take calls or video appointments from the comfort of your own home. You can set up a calming space to take your appointments, whether it’s on your patio or cozied up on the couch.
Receiving therapy virtually is also a great option for those with disabilities or other ailments that make leaving the house difficult.
3. Online therapy is just as effective as in-person practices
Some might worry that taking sessions virtually can mean they’re not as effective. This is simply not true! Multiple studies have found that online therapy is just as effective as in-person visits. The means by which you receive therapy do not matter as much as consistently going to therapy sessions.
4. Offerings beyond your therapy appointment
The Shoutout app allows you to join your therapy appointments, 12 step meetings, and have conversations with your therapist from your phone. It also has features that go above and beyond! You can type out your daily gratitude on the app, enjoy a peaceful meditation, or connect with other users in your community.
Online therapy is incredibly private. Without an office to wait in, you can keep your visits between you and your therapist. There is also advanced technology in place to adhere to HIPAA compliance and other matters of privacy. All sessions are secure, private, and between you and your therapist/support group.
Overall, online therapy can be a wonderful opportunity to get the help you need while enjoying convenience, affordability, and accessibility. Take that step and get started today. Call 855-408-1050 any time to learn more about our treatment, receive an estimated cost of treatment, or for any questions or concerns you may have.