Telehealth options have significantly expanded during the coronavirus pandemic. Although COVID-19 forced many people to switch to telehealth therapy sessions for a while, some have chosen to return to traditional, in-person appointments with their therapists. Depending on your schedule, personality and goals for therapy, you may find that you prefer one over the other. If you’re new to therapy, it can be daunting to decide whether telehealth sessions or in-person therapy is right for you. Each option provides its own benefits, so it’s important to consider which will best meet your needs and lifestyle.
Meeting and getting to know someone face-to-face helps to build trust, which is a cornerstone of any therapeutic relationship. That’s not to say that trust can’t be formed in teletherapy sessions – some people just need the in-person experience to build a rapport with their therapist. Clients who have been going to therapy for a while may also consider the time they spend visiting their therapist part of their routine and an important aspect of self-care. Some people find it easier to shut out distractions and focus when they’re in their therapist’s office. Others don’t want to be bothered with technological issues that could affect their sessions. Regardless of your reasons, if you’re comfortable with sitting in your therapist’s office and feel that you get more out of in-person sessions, it’s probably the best option for you.
Telethealth is a convenient, flexible way to attend therapy sessions. It is great for those who can’t leave their homes or live in remote areas where access to mental health treatment is limited. It can also help people who are hesitant to try therapy because of the stigma that may be attached to it. Being able to talk to someone while at home can help them feel safe and secure, and to reassure them that their privacy is protected.
Teletherapy is also a good option if you have a hectic schedule, as you don’t have to spend time traveling to and from your therapist’s office. You can do teletherapy from almost anywhere, whether you’re on a lunch break at work or you schedule an appointment during your child’s naptime. If you’re on vacation or out of town for business, a telehealth appointment enables you to talk with your therapist.
You can also choose to do a combination of teletherapy and in-person sessions. This can be especially beneficial for children, especially since many of them are at home doing distance learning. You may want to take your child for an in-person assessment with a therapist and then continue with ongoing telehealth sessions.
Each person’s individual needs are different. You may need to try both types of therapy to decide which one is right for you. Just keep in mind that no matter which one you choose, therapy can help put you on a path to emotional growth, healing and joy.
Kayenta Therapy offers both in-office therapy and telehealth services. Contact a therapist directly to get started.