Is Virtual Counseling Right for You?
The ability to attend counseling sessions via the internet has allowed many individuals to access services that would otherwise be impossible. Virtual counseling saves many people the time and cost of transportation, as well as, the stress of going to a strange location. It can be easier to discuss difficult topics when you are safe and comfortable in your own home.
Ask yourself these questions to see if virtual counseling is the right fit for you.
1. Do you have a strong and secure internet connection? If you are able to stream Hulu or Netflix without any problems, then your internet should be good. A weak or unreliable internet connection can be a problem for virtual counseling. You don't want to waste time trying to reconnect repeatedly, or worse, lose connection during an emotionally intense moment.
2. Do you have privacy? You will want to have a quiet and private space for your counseling sessions.
3. Are you fairly comfortable with technology? You will need access to a computer or phone with video capabilities. The website that I use for virtual counseling is pretty easy to navigate, but if you are not comfortable with Googling, then virtual counseling may not be for you.
4. Do you have suicidal thoughts often? I'm sorry to be so bold when we haven't even gotten to know each other yet, but for your safety, it's best that any suicidal patients attend counseling in-person.
If you have other concerns about virtual counseling, I would be happy to answer your questions via phone or email.