We live in an ever changing, fast paced and dynamic world. This fast paced, interconnected and ever shifting world will undoubtedly continue through this century and beyond. As a part of this ever changing world, online counselling and psychotherapy has become more common as more people are living abroad for employment, studies or for their retirement at a rate that is unprecedented in human history.
The expat community is now at the highest level in history, with well over 50 million expats worldwide and this number continues to grow annually. Because of this and other factors, starting the therapeutic process online or continuing therapy online has become a necessary and highly valuable tool. One that can be highly effective, and for some people, an absolute necessity during certain periods of their life.
This short article will briefly look at some of the reasons for the use of Skype or the phone for online counselling and psychotherapy. It can be very helpful for many people who want to continue their therapeutic work but have left their country of origin. It can also be helpful for people who want to begin the work of therapy online within their own country but may be living regional areas where access to therapeutic treatments maybe difficult.
Given the level of people moving to other countries for either work, study or retirement, often the ability to speak to a highly trained counsellor or therapist can be a difficult prospect. Depending on the area of the world in which you live, finding highly trained mental health professionals with training in the therapeutic methods can be few and far between.
Here is one area where online counselling and psychotherapy can be absolutely vital for those people experiencing mental health difficulties or any form of crisis in their life. The ability to be able to easily and effectively speak to a therapist online, and do the important therapeutic work that is required, can be a lifeline for those people seeking this particular form of treatment.
In other circumstances where people may not be living or studying overseas, the idea of seeing a therapist weekly or a few times a week can be a relatively simple process. For others however, it can be quite a daunting task, especially in serious cases where anxiety, depression, panic attacks or agoraphobia can be crippling. Where simply going to a consulting room for an appointment can be quite a difficult proposition and sometimes, an impossibility.
The ability to be able to continue the important therapeutic work or even to start therapy during these times can be crucial. The use of Skype for online counselling during this period can make all the difference. The easy accessibility of being able to continue the treatment in their own home or to start the process while being at home can sometimes be the only way to conduct the work of therapy.
I have worked online and continue to work online with people interstate and internationally through Skype and over the phone. If you are thinking about beginning therapy with a counsellor and living interstate or internationally, please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected] or book an appointment online through the online booking system.
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