In addition to seeing clients in my office, I also offer online video therapy through a secure HIPAA compliant video platform. When I think about why clients choose online therapy, the first answer that comes to my mind is about convenience: the comfort of being in your own office or home, no travel necessary, the time saved, and the time of sessions is usually more flexible. I admit I was skeptical about doing online therapy but when I decided to begin offering it in my practice and I read about it, I realized that it is something I wanted to do in addition to seeing clients in a traditional office setting. I have been providing online video therapy for awhile now and I think it’s a great addition to traditional in office therapy, in the future I hope to only offer online therapy.
When I’ve asked clients how they feel about seeing me via video rather than in an office, they’ve stated that they feel comfortable working this way and it’s more convenient for them since they do not have to go to an office. During a snow storm I was able to see 7 clients online, I would not have been able to do this in an office because it would have been very difficult for me or my clients to get to the office.
Another reason some people chose online therapy is that it gives an added layer of confidentiality. With online therapy, no one else has to know that you’re going to therapy unless you chose to tell them. I don’t feel as comfortable doing telephone therapy as I prefer to see my clients when we’re speaking however telephone counseling is also an option if video is not available. I do not offer texting therapy.
Some clients would not benefit from online therapy and do need to be seen in an office. Clients who are actively psychotic would not be good candidates for online therapy. Also clients who have recent suicidal attempts would benefit from in office therapy until they are more stable.
I have found the outcomes for my clients to be just as good whether I see them online or in my office and I’m so glad I’m able to offer online therapy.