Psychotherapy has been an important part of helping people manage and improve their mental health for decades. During the treatment process, the connection between the psychologist and patient is elemental in building the therapy relationship. In the past, this meant regular in-person meetings where you could meet, speak with, and see your therapist.
Remote therapy is still a relatively new approach to psychotherapy, but has already become an effective, highly regarded method of receiving mental health treatments for many patients. Rather than traveling to the therapist’s office, you connect through a video conferencing program or the phone. This modern method offers several benefits, especially in today’s fast paced world where caring for your mental health is as important as ever.
Benefits of Telehealth
In recent years, we’ve seen exceptional improvement in the quality of both video and sound in communication software. This quality now makes it possible to communicate in real time and share the expressions, tone of voice, and gestures that makes in-person conversations so rich. Therapy and mental health often depend on these to build a relationship, and the technology of old made that less possible except in-person therapy. But they are now possible with telehealth.
With a qualified, professional NY psychologist, remote therapy makes it possible to take advantage of the usual benefits of therapy, addressing and working on the same issues you would speak with your therapist about in-person, all through the phone or computer. Remote therapy can offer additional benefits as well, such as:
- Comfort – By its nature, therapy can sometimes make you anxious. Attending your appointment from your favorite chair places you in a familiar setting, minimizing the discomfort that can occasionally be involved in visiting new places.
- Convenience – Despite the importance of mental health, prioritizing it doesn’t always fit into a busy schedule. Remote health visits can be done from your home, office, or even through your phone, as long as you can provide a moment of privacy for yourself during your appointment.
- Options in Therapists – Regular visits to a therapist limits you to those within a reasonable driving distance. Telehealth opens your options to any therapist in New York, making it easier to find the therapist that is right for you.
- Safety and Health – Covid-19 has changed the way we interact. Whether to maintain social distance or accommodate other health concerns, remote therapy removes the need to leave your home.
Patients new to telehealth often express concerns that video chatting does not offer the personal attention and trust of an in-person visit. Yet as people become more accustomed to communicating over video, and more comfortable building connections through a screen, we’ve found that remote mental health services are becoming an ideal way to reach your goals with therapy.
If you’re interested in learning more about remote therapy, or you’d like to meet with our therapists here at Long Island Psychology, please contact us today.