The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in innumerable ways. But, as stressful as this lockdown has been for most of us, we have learned much about ourselves as individuals and as a nation.
Another silver lining that has emerged from this crisis is a new awareness and embracing of treatment tools that have been available for some time. Telehealth (or telemedicine) and online therapy have been around for decades but are now experiencing a surge in popularity because of the mandatory quarantine.
Once life gets back to normal, will these virtual tools fall by the wayside? It’s doubtful because they simply offer too many benefits to clients and providers.
Here are some benefits of online therapy and why you may want to try it, we will still offer in-office appointments post quarantine:
Better Access to Care
In some rural areas in Litchfield County, it’s not easy to find qualified mental health therapists. Online therapy would provide access to care to anyone that needs it, regardless of where they live.
Online therapy would allow for the integration of behavioral health care and primary care. This will ultimately lead to better outcomes for our communities.
Despite the progress we’ve made over the last couple of decades, there is still a stigma attached to mental health treatments. This stops many people from seeking the help they need. Online therapy means an individual can try therapy and receive help from the comfort of their home without this concern.
How often do people cancel appointments or show up late because of other family and/or work responsibilities or traffic jams? Access to online therapy would reduce many of these scenarios.
We are currently seeing a situation where it isn’t safe to be around other people. And yet, should a person lose access to mental health care because of illness and disease? Certainly not.
What about unsafe weather? In Litchfield County, it can be impossible to travel safely in the snow and ice.
Online therapy allows people to receive the help they need, regardless of any unsafe conditions.
Access for Disabled Populations
Oftentimes the people who need therapy the most are the very people who find it difficult to leave their homes or navigate the outside world. Online therapy allows bedridden patients and those with debilitating chronic illnesses access to the help they need.
We offer both in-office and online therapy at New Milford Counseling Center to clients because we want to help as many people as we can as safely as we can. If you’d like to explore this style of treatment, please get in touch via phone (860) 740-2228 for a free initial consultation. Or use our schedule button on our home page.