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Online SERVICES Right For You?

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Advantages and Benefits

There are many advantages and benefits to online services including the following: 

1.  You can engage in counseling/coaching  services even if you are home-bound or live in a remote areas where resources are limited.

2.  You can choose a single consultation or ongoing  sessions as needed

3.  You do not have to travel to a therapist's office or mental health clinic in order to receive needed services.

4.  It's possible to engage with your therapist from home, work, or even while traveling.

5.  Online services are affordable and convenient

6.  Online services can be less intimidating with no stigma attached.



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Disadvantages and Risks

   

  • Problems associated with technology failures (i.e., power outages, crashes).
  • Risks to confidentiality due to technology (i.e. hackers).
  • Does NOT support a suicidal or homicidal client.
  • The requirement of being comfortable with computers and keyboard.
  • Does not always meet the requirement for court-ordered or mandated therapy or counseling.

   

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Alternatives

  

  • Face-to-face therapy or counseling from a mental health professional.
  • Finding a support group in the community.
  • Using family or friends as supports.
  • Reading self-help books.



You Should Not Consider Online Therapy Services If:


  • You have serious thoughts of hurting yourself or others.      
  • You have a chronic mental illness requiring intense treatment.
  • You prefer face-to-face therapy and it is available to you.
  • You are uncomfortable with computers.