Online Counseling Vs in-Person Therapy

Online Counseling is the delivery of specialized professional mental health counseling services via the Internet. These services are usually provided through chat, email, and even live video conferencing. The scope of counseling services has expanded to include a variety of different areas of mental health including anxiety/overcome behavior, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, family, relationship, gambling, pre-employment, sexuality, stress management, and many others. Some of these services have an office located within the client’s neighborhood. Our website provides info about LiveBeyond Counseling & Coaching, LLC.
Some of the advantages associated with Online Counseling are that it is available around the clock and it can be performed from the comfort of the individual’s home. There is no need for the client to actually make an initial appointment with the counselor in person, as most online counseling is conducted “online” and the counseling takes place entirely over the Internet, from the chair. This is also convenient, as there is no need to drive to the office for appointments, or even make an actual stop at the business. All that is needed is a computer and an Internet connection. Online Counseling can also be completed through a telephone, fax, or email.
The disadvantage to Online Counseling is that it can become expensive, as the licensed therapist will generally charge a fee per session. Also, if a licensed therapist is required to perform an in-person therapy session that cannot be accessed over the Internet, the fees may be higher as well. In addition, it is important to note that online counseling does not eliminate the need for in-person therapy. The only thing that can be accomplished is that mental health information and resources are located online, rather than being distributed to an actual licensed therapist.