5 Ways Online Counseling Can Help During Isolation
Updated: Feb 5
If you’re among the millions of people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re doing your part to protect yourself and your community. However, this time of self-isolation can take a toll on your mental and behavioral health. This is where online counseling comes in. Here are just some of the ways that teletherapy can support your overall well being during this challenging time.
Self-isolation can feel lonely, and your mental health may suffer from a lack of support. This is especially true if you’re used to having regular therapy appointments built into your routine. With online counseling, you can add therapy back into your week and know that your counselor is there to support you.
Your counselor may also recommend group counseling in addition to your individual therapy appointments. During your online group sessions, you will have the opportunity to be part of a community and empathize with others. This connection bundles social and mental health support into one.
No matter the external circumstances, some individuals don't have the ability to leave their home to attend regular counseling appointments. This could be due to mobility challenges or a lack of time -- and these circumstances can be more prominent during a global crisis. Fortunately, online counseling makes therapy accessible to everyone. Whether you live in a rural area or have a disability, you can still access a mental health professional when you need them.
Isolation brings up different challenges for everyone. When you start your online appointments, your counselor will put together a unique set of mental health counseling services for you. If you have anxiety or a panic disorder, for example, they might recommend adding group counseling for anxiety to your online appointments. Those who take medication for anxiety might benefit from virtual psychiatry services as well. Even when you’re staying home, you can expect personalized mental health support.
Some people might be worried about privacy when considering online counseling. However, you can trust that your video call with your therapist will be completely confidential. Behavioral health centers take confidentiality just as seriously online as they do in their office. Your counselor may be available for email communication and online messaging as well. If you have any concerns about privacy before starting online sessions, be sure to talk to your counselor.
With so much uncertainty in the world, it can be comforting to receive the support you need while relaxing in your own home. You can attend your virtual counseling appointments while cuddled up in blankets or sipping tea at your kitchen table. Your counselor will also do everything they can to keep you at ease. The regular check-ins with a mental health professional can leave you feeling supported and cared for, so you can focus on your wellbeing.
Interested in online mental health counseling services? The team at The Collective is proud to offer teletherapy and virtual counseling during this challenging time. Our Denver counseling and coaching team ensures the same level of quality as they do in-office, helping you develop healthy coping mechanisms in isolation. We are here to answer your questions about online therapy and our services, so contact us today to get started.
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