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  • Writer's pictureTom Cowan

What are the benefits of online person-centred counselling?

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

Here are 10 common reasons why people may choose online counselling:

  1. Convenience: Online counselling allows clients to receive counselling from the comfort of their own home, without having to travel to a physical office.

  2. Increased access: Online counselling can provide access to counselling services for people who may not otherwise be able to receive in-person counselling, such as those who live in remote or rural areas, those with physical disabilities, or those with limited mobility.

  3. Anonymity: Online counselling can help people feel more comfortable discussing sensitive issues, as it provides a degree of anonymity that is not always possible in traditional counselling.

  4. Reduced stigma: Online counselling can help reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health services, as it allows people to receive counselling without having to go to a physical location.

  5. Flexibility: Online counselling sessions can often be scheduled outside of traditional business hours, which can be helpful for people with busy schedules.

  6. Increased options: Online counselling can provide people with more options for finding a counsellor who is a good fit for them, as they are not limited to the counsellors who are available in their geographic area.

  7. Continuity of care: Online counselling can allow people to continue receiving counselling services even if they need to move or travel, which can help ensure continuity of care.

  8. Reduced waiting times: Online counselling can often be scheduled more quickly than in-person counselling, which can be helpful for people who need to receive counselling services urgently.

  9. Feeling more comfortable communicating online: Some people find it easier to express themselves online than in-person, making online counselling a preferred choice.

  10. Improved mental health outcomes: Studies have shown that online counselling can be just as effective as traditional face-to-face counselling in improving mental health outcomes, including reduced anxiety and depression.

Bonus reasons!

  1. Greater choice: Online counselling provides individuals with greater choice and flexibility in terms of the counsellor they work with, allowing them to find a counsellor who is a good fit for their unique needs.

  2. Safe space: Online counselling can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals who may be hesitant to access counselling in person due to concerns about safety or harassment.

You might be interested to learn that online counselling has been researched and some of the evidence shows:

  1. Online counselling is an effective and efficient means of delivering psychological services to a broad range of clients

  2. Online counselling can be an effective form of therapy for a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.

  3. Online counselling can be just as effective as face-to-face counselling for a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and trauma.

  4. Online counselling can be a convenient and accessible option for individuals who may not be able to access traditional face-to-face therapy.

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