Depression has become a fact of modern life. Despite the fact that it is becoming more and more common, it’s not becoming any less difficult for people to deal with on their own. Depression requires treatment, both medical and psychological. Anti-depressant prescriptions are a wonderful tool for helping to deal with depression, but in most cases, therapy is equally or more important to the process.
For many, therapy is a daunting prospect. But did you know that there are options aside from traditional office visit therapy? Online therapy services are now widely available. And yes, it’s already been proven that online therapy for depression can be very effective, according to UMPC. If you’re suffering from depression and have either not found traditional therapy to help, or find it too challenging to find a traditional therapist, why not try online depression counseling?
You can remain in your comfort zone, at home.
Yes, part of treatment for depression involves challenging our comfort zones, but that doesn’t mean you should have to do it all the time. And especially not if the idea of leaving your comfort zone is actually preventing you from getting therapy. You are already in a vulnerable place, when you have depression. The important thing is to move forward in treatment, and if being able to do that in the comforting environment of your own home helps you pursue treatment, it’s worth it. New environments and meeting new people can be stressful at the best of times, and reducing that anxiety can help you start your depression therapy off on the right foot.
You can find a therapist you really click with.
One of the necessary limits of traditional in-office therapy is geography. You can only travel so far for therapy, and there are only going to be so many therapists in any given area. If you live in a rural or remote location, your options are going to be few and far between. Even if you live in a large city with numerous therapists, the headache of visiting one after another until you find the right one can turn anyone off therapy. And even then, you wonder if you’ll find someone you click with that will have enough openings available.
When it comes to online therapy, it’s a whole different story. Geography isn’t a limitation, and you don’t have to go through weeks of setting an appointment, traveling to the office, and then trying to decide whether to pursue therapy with that counselor. Your options are limitless. Maybe the specialist that’s right for you lives in Maine, and you live in California. It doesn’t matter!
Convenience and Ease of Access
Remaining at home for therapy, or being able to do therapy on the go, isn’t just about staying in your safe space. It’s also a much more viable alternative for people who are busy and have to juggle their need for therapy with their other responsibilities. Stay at home mom? You don’t have to find childcare to have your appointment. Work at a fast-paced business? You won’t have to worry about missing something because you had to schedule an appointment during the work day. Student, with a constantly shifting class/part-time work schedule? No problem.
Everyone deserves help for what they are going through. Online therapy makes this type of therapeutic help more available for everyone.