Have you ever seen a man and woman together in a restaurant who are more engaged with their phones than they are with each other? One of the curses of our day is that it’s easier to mindlessly scroll through our phones than it is to connect with the person across from us.
At the same time, when used well, current technology can allow us to connect with friends and family across the globe, allowing us to keep our relationships strong. We can Facetime or Skype with a loved one and almost feel like they are right there with us!
These changes in technology are also beginning to impact the field of counseling in some really positive ways. And current research indicates that counseling via video call is just as effective as in-person counseling.
What is Online Counseling?
As technology becomes more sophisticated and more accessible, video conferencing is becoming more and more common. There are many benefits to online counseling, but it’s also important to do your due diligence, to ensure that the coach or counselor you choose to work with is qualified and the services are secure.
Benefits of Online Counseling
The advantages of doing online or distance counseling are numerous:
Do Your Research
If you’re thinking about online counseling, here are some things to consider:
Taking the Next Step
Whether you choose online counseling or face-to-face counseling, the most important consideration is making sure that your counselor or coach is qualified to help you with your particular situation, and that you have a good connection with him or her. The purpose of counseling is to challenge you and help you make better decisions, and a good counselor will help you to become fully aware of your needs and how to be healthier in all areas of your life. Keep these things in mind as you seek out the right counselor and consider online counseling as a convenient way to get the help you need!
If you would like to learn more about our online counseling services and programs, contact us here, or call our Client Care team at 206.219.0145.