It is common today for people to do almost everything online, and therapy is also one of those things. But why would someone choose online therapy instead of going to a therapist's office as usual?

There are many reasons a person would choose a mental health counselor to see them online. Some of them may be: there are no therapists available in the town where they live; it could be that it's hard for them to move around because of health issues; they are on their parent's insurance but are only covered for a counselor back home and not where they currently live.

Adding to this, many people feel more comfortable talking to a stranger online than in person, and others don't have a flexible schedule and still wish to go to therapy. Whatever their reasons, the good news is that virtual counseling is a reality and an option for many.

Is online therapy effective?

Online therapy is relatively new, but it has shown to be as effective as in-person therapy. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the virtual therapy world because everyone was staying isolated at home. Today, it has become just as natural as traditional in-person therapy.

Also, there are many benefits to online therapy, such as:

  • It may feel more comfortable for some people to talk about their feelings and personal issues over a video call or phone call than in person.
  • Patients don't need to leave their homes to receive therapy.
  • Many therapists are willing to offer online counseling outside traditional business hours.
  • Patients and therapists save time by not having to leave their homes for sessions.

What should you look for to receive the best online therapy possible?

Online therapy can be very effective, but we recommend you look for certain things before engaging in a session.

First, if you found the counselor on a mental health app, check previous patients' feedback. See their credentials, how long they have been working in counseling and what type of counseling they do. Depending on what you need, you can find a marriage counselor, couples counselor, grief counselor, psychological counselor, relationship counselor, and more.

Secondly, check how the counselor and app manage your personal information. Today, internet security and privacy are still a concern. Make sure the information you provide is completely confidential. Read the terms and conditions of the platform you are going to use.

Next, check the cost. Depending on the type of counseling, therapists charge different rates. On the other hand, some apps have a monthly subscription fee. So, choose what works best for you.

For example, Kounsel doesn’t charge a monthly fee. You pay according to the minutes you spend on the therapy session. If your therapist charges $0.75 or 75 cents per minute, you will pay $45 for one hour.

Finally, online therapy may not be the best option for you if you are suffering from a more severe mental illness. It is possible that the scope of a virtual meeting may not be enough to treat and asses your situation efficiently.

Are therapy apps a good option for you?

We have already shown you some mental health apps that you can consider for online therapy. But before deciding which one works best for you, you need to evaluate if online therapy is what you need.

Virtual therapy sessions are almost the same as regular therapy, only that they occur online instead of in an office. Sessions are typically an hour long and can take place weekly or at other frequencies if you and your therapist decide on it.

Between sessions, you likely have limited contact through text messages or email unless you're in a crisis.

The positive side of apps is that they can help you find the best therapist for you. Some match you with one after reviewing your personal information, while others let you choose your therapy on your own. Also, you can access therapy 24/7 since someone is always available if you don't want or can't wait for the next session.

If you'd like to try online therapy, please look at the Kounsel App, where you can choose between hundreds of licensed therapists in different areas ready to connect with you.