Mental Health is a big issue in whole world especially after the post-pandemic period or after lockdown. Millions of people become jobless all over the globe because of the lockdown & pandemic, this is resulting in the increase in the number of people’s reporting with mental problems & depression. Not only there are problems with being mentally ill, but there is a stigma attached to it. With advances in technology and communications, most eminently the internet, people are choosing to get therapy via online video-chat or chat sessions rather than in an actual clinic. With this tool, one can ‘consult’ a licensed practitioner of psychology or psychiatry without leaving home. The internet has really changed the way people do business.
There are several distinct advantages to online therapy as opposed to in-person therapy. First of all, is cost. Even to those with insurance, all is not covered for mental health services. And then there are many more who don’t have insurance but still need this type of treatment. There are also factors such as emotional hang-ups against going to therapy, and more logistic concerns about things like transportation and travel. In some cases, people who are reluctant to initiate treatment in an office setting feel more comfortable doing an online session. In some ways, for some people, online therapy is just more convenient and sensible.
One thing to make sure of, however, is to verify if the Therapist is licensed and trained in this form of therapy, and if the site or app is compliant with Indian medical association or any other authority in your country and state privacy laws (HIPAA). To prescribe medications, the practitioner must have a license, such as an MD (Medical Doctor) or LNP (Licensed Nurse Practitioner). To provide psychological therapy, one must have a relevant title, such as PhD or LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
Another somewhat problematic area with online therapy is for the extremely sick or for those patients (and doctors) who aren’t familiar with this modern technology and the internet. Believe it or not, there are still a lot of people like this who can only access treatment in person. There’s also the problem of those who are in immediate danger to themselves and others, and how to handle a crisis situation.
Overall, as society gets more technology-powered and the economy gets more service-oriented, I see online therapy as a natural evolution past in-person treatment. After all, psychology deals with the mind, behavior, and words, not physical, tangible constructs. And Psychiatry, which revolves around prescribing medications and diagnosing illnesses, can be done without an in-person interaction.
If one is seeking online therapy, there are several sites that are excellent, fairly priced, and have good reputations. Some of them, such as SETU Well and Breakthrough, do videoconferencing and take some insurances. Then there are lower cost, but more widely used sites such as Better Help and Talkspace. Their rates are reasonable and involve many different modalities within the online therapy system, such as video conferencing, chat, text and voice messaging, etc…
In general, Psychology is making improvements every day as knowledge spreads and practitioners become more open-minded to non-traditional therapies. The internet has changed everything in the business world, and Psychology cannot ignore this trend. Video sessions or chatting with a mental health professional seems less invasive than going to a clinic. And as always, cost is a big factor in seeking treatment for issues that are not always visible to the eye or tangible to touch. Online Therapy is the wave of the future, which is bomming especially after the pandemic when it comes to this aspect of health and wellness.