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Advantages of E-therapy

 

Although it is fair to say that there is still no finer way of finding help for your difficulties than face-to-face consultation with a skilled therapist/counsellor, there are actually several advantages to E-therapy:

  • You can feel more at ease in your office or home than in a consulting room
  • You can take more time to think about what you want to tell us
  • When working by email, you can choose your own time of day to communicate
  • There is no schedule to keep to, no penalties for missed appointments
  • Less embarrassment when discussing personal matters
  • Easier to finish therapy when you want to
  • No need to arrange sessions in advance (for email work)

Add to this the fact that all our therapists are carefully selected and you can see how easy it can be to find safe and effective professional help for your problems.

 

1. What kind of problems is e-therapy for?

Anything that's on your mind...

Whether you're feeling depressed, anxious, or just plain stressed out, talking about it can help. When you feel unhappy with your relationships, when you feel stuck in your job, in your creative work, or in your life in general, exploring this with another person can help you become "unstuck" and increase your ability to change things for the better.


You can contact me for either a one time consultation or with the thought of starting a therapy process. Either way, the first consultation is done by filling out the questionnaire.

2. When is e-therapy a good choice?

  • If.... you're comfortable with putting your thoughts in writing and are able to do so in a reasonably organized manner.
  • You're hesitant about going to a "live" psychotherapist - e-mail just feels more comfortable to you.
  • You're stuck at the office all day...or you live in an area where psychotherapy is not available...or you have a physical disability that makes online therapy more convenient.
  • You were in therapy, but your psychotherapist left town
  • You've never been in any form of counselling, might want to try face to face psychotherapy but are checking this out first.
 
3. When is e - therapy not a good choice?
  • If you have any psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions, thought disorganization)
  • If you are suicidal or homicidal
  • If you need intense support, phone contact, hospitalisation.
4. Does this replace traditional, face to face, psychotherapy?

It's new...it's different...it's another tool...but it certainly cannot replace "old fashioned" psychotherapy for everything.

Some disadvantages of doing therapy online: first, the loss of non verbal communication - the body lingo, the expression, the sighs, the pauses. This is not absolute, though, as every person has their own distinctive writing style, and much of your personality can be expressed through writing. Second, there is a lot more to psychotherapy than discussion of issues on an intellectual level. A lot of it is about the relationship you develop with your psychotherapist. Ultimately, nothing can really equal the benefits and comfort of a long term relationship with a good face to face psychotherapist, especially for people who were severely damaged in their childhood and lead very chaotic lives.

The advantages are that you can take as much time as you like to compose your thoughts and put them down in writing, you can do this whenever you have free time, and can do it in the comfort of your own home. As long as you have a computer and a modem - you can access this from anywhere. Another advantage to online therapy is the intriguing combination of distance and closeness that e-mail provides. This usually has a disinhibiting effect - many people find it easier to talk online than to talk to someone who's in real space with them.

In short - online therapy is Flexible and Accessible

5. How long will this therapy take?

From a one-time e-mail to e-mail several times a week for an indefinite time, whatever works for you? I do ask that should you decide to discontinue therapy, send me a brief e-mail about this.