Myths About Online Therapy
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 16-03-2023

Myths About Online Therapy


We are well aware of the numerous benefits of therapy and counselling such as relief in anxiety/depression/phobia and resolving underlying emotional conflicts or anger. However, our busy schedules lead to the popularity of online mode of therapy. The good thing is online therapy comes up with all the benefits of conventional therapy without digging a hole in your pocket. It is unfortunate that there are still a number of myths surrounding online therapy that concerns the seekers of online therapy. Some of the misconceptions regarding online therapy with counter facts are as follows:

Myth 1 – Online therapy is less effective as compared with face-to-face sessions.

In fact, online sessions can actually be more beneficial, convenient, hassle-free and cost-effective as the client is not required to travel or get stuck in traffic. Sessions can be scheduled at a suitable time according to the client in the comfort of his/her own home or chosen surroundings.

Myth 2 –Building a relationship with the therapist online is difficult.

Effective relationship building is very essential for the healing relationship, in psychotherapy or counselling. It is found that some people actually prefer to work online as they feel safer or more comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings. However, continuous assessment to check the effectiveness of the online sessions is helpful.

Myth 3 – It is harder to deal with deeper issues online.

On the part of therapists, It does require slightly different skills, more attention and approaches than the conventional face-to-face method. Though, provided the therapist can see the client visually and read his/her body language and expressions, or even listen to the voice of the client and get hold of the para-linguistics. A well-trained and experienced therapist can pick up on things that require further attention. Feedback from clients has also suggested that it can feel safer to be more open and honest in online/phone sessions with the therapist.

Myth 4 – Online sessions comes with lots of distractions.

Distractions can be spoilers of the session be it online or off-line. But necessary precautions can be taken to minimise these distractions. Such as sitting in a peaceful place alone and turning off other devices, emails, and notifications in order to keep the session on track.

Myth 5 – Online therapy does not provide security.

Online therapy can be secure again by taking a few precautions. Such as sessions should be run from a room in which only you are present (strictly avoid public places) or using a public network. Choose a trusted platform and therapist, you may go through reviews and ratings. You can also look for HIPPA certifications to resolve your concerns about confidentiality.

In addition to all the benefits of conventional therapy, online therapy is not only inexpensive and hassle-free but also allows the client to choose from a wide variety of experts suitable for his/her needs.

Keeping all this in mind we offer clients the choice of similar to face-to-face sessions conducted over appropriate online technologies. This may be via video, audio, email, chat or phone methods. Our online therapists are experienced and well-trained also we are HIPPA certified.

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