Many of the worries about online therapy stem from a few misconceptions or myths that are being said about it, but are these myths true? and if so why? or why not?
It is impossible to build a relationship with your therapist via the internet
It is in fact a little more difficult to build a relationship with your therapist online, but that is only due to the fact that it is harder to tell emotional tone through a text message or email. Having said that it is not impossible to build a relationship with your therapist online. It is sometimes recommended where possible to meet with the therapist at least once face to face so that the two of you can at least tell if you are compatible. Some people prefer the fact that the relationship is harder to form online and this is what attracts them to it, but it is safe to say although more difficult – it is not impossible.
Not as effective as in-office therapy
The success of online therapy is pretty much completely down to how willing you are to make it work. Like any type of therapy you get out from it what you put in. Because online therapy is 100% on your terms it makes it more convenient, less stressful and because you are more relaxed probably makes you a bit more prone to accepting the advice that is given.
Online counsellors are not as experienced as face to face counsellors
The worry that the counsellor you are speaking to is not experienced can easily be debunked by looking up their credentials. Any legitimate counsellors should have their credentials online; whether it be through a LinkedIn profile or even if you can speak to their previous clients you can find out the information you need quite easily.
There is no privacy in online counselling
As long as the normal privacy protocols are followed, online counselling should be secure enough for you not to worry about it. Usually it is recommended even if you are just texting or emailing your therapist that you do it in a room or space where there is no one around you and no one to see what you are talking about – so no public places. In terms of the therapist they have to follow specific guidelines and are not allowed to keep any content, but you are.
The goes hand in hand with a previous point, you only get from therapy what you put in. It is easy when using a mobile device, tablet or laptop to get distracted and start looking at other things, but if you are completely focused on your session then it will work. You have got to have the motivation to not be distracted but other things going on, on the device even if that means turning off notifications for the time in which the session is going on and then turning them back on afterwards.