Does Online Therapy Even Help?

Let’s face it! With the onset of the Coronavirus outbreak, the temptation to cancel your teen’s therapy is easy to give in to, even when online therapy is offered as an alternative. We are entering a new world and this virus, however inadvertently, will be changing how our health care is delivered. Analysts are talking more and more about the advent of telehealth. Believe it or not, the therapeutic field has been utilizing this option years before this pandemic. For example, many residential facilities for adolescents have out-of-state patients whose parents’ participate in family therapy with their child long distance with video conferencing. 

BUT WHAT ABOUT CONNECTION??

Parents who are not familiar with online therapy have a hard time imagining the dramatic break-throughs that can happen with video or telephone conferencing. The old argument used to be that if you aren’t in person, you cannot connect with them, but that is a fallacy. In fact, sometimes the opposite occurs because by not being in person, the therapist is  listening in a more focused manner: a sudden intake of breath, a whisper of a choked back sob, all speak volumes to the therapist. Not only that, but many teens are actually more relaxed and open when they are sharing from the comfort of their bedroom rather sitting in an office, feeling like a bug under a microscope. 

IS IT EFFECTIVE???

Research shows one form of delivery, face-to-face, phone or online is not better than the other. In fact, online therapy is shown to be just as effective for treating anxiety, depression, and trauma in teens as in person sessions. Why? Because the delivery is a tool, and a tool is only as good as the therapist utilizing it. Just as CBT, DBT, EMDR are not cure-alls but are tools that only an experienced and competent therapist can utilize effectively. In the hands of a bad therapist, all the tools in the world, all the office space, nice furniture, fancy beverages, other luxuries, or anything else will not make a difference to the well-being of your child. AND afterall, the well-being is the goal, creating a life worth living! 

Contact us today to learn more about online sessions with one of our teen Specialists at Mindful Healing

 

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