3 benefits of online anxiety counseling vs. in-person therapy for anxiety in Colorado
Maybe you know that you have anxiety, and you’re ready to talk to someone about it. You have never been to counseling or therapy before, but you do know the typical process is that you go into an office to see a therapist, and then sit and talk, and afterwards you feel better. Part of feeling better is connecting face-to-face with your counselor, because then you can better determine whether this counselor is a good fit for you and who you will work well with. But, is that actually true? There are many benefits of seeking online counseling for your anxiety right now versus going to see a therapist in-person. I most definitely believe that in-person therapy can be beneficial also, but I’d like to expand your thinking about what effective online anxiety counseling can look like.
I want to share with you 3 main benefits of seeking online anxiety counseling versus in-person therapy for anxiety in Colorado at this time. Since March 2020, most therapists have pivoted to add or completely switch to offering online counseling, due to the restrictions of seeing clients face-to-face. And luckily, studies have shown that online counseling is just as effective as in-person therapy! So online counseling is here to stay, and may become a standard option for people like you seeking out anxiety treatment. Read on to find the top 3 benefits on online anxiety therapy.
1) Online Counseling Eases Your Initial Anxiety About Getting Started
It’s anxiety-producing to visit an office and person you don’t know, and if you already have anxiety, it can notch your worries up to a point where it’s hard to even get started with treatment. Having to drive to a new location, find a parking spot, enter a new building, find your therapist’s office, and then meet a new person face-to-face can most definitely cause an increase in your anxiety. Conversely, bringing your computer into your comfortable bedroom or familiar office and then logging on to meet your new therapist seems much more calming, right? If being in a safe, comfortable and familiar environment helps you seek out much-needed anxiety treatment, then online counseling is definitely a benefit for you.
2) Online Anxiety Counseling is Convenient for Busy Schedules
Let’s face it, we’re all busy these days. Maybe now not so much as prior to COVID, but you still have little time in your schedule to carve out commuting to a therapist’s office, doing your session, the driving back home. The total time involved to see a therapist in person can be close to 2 hours a week depending on your drive. Conversely, if you choose online anxiety counseling all you need to set aside is an hour per week. Whether you spend your time working, playing, taking care of others or spending time with your family, you can always use extra time in your day. Online therapy is convenient for people like you with busy schedules and little time to waste.
3) Online Therapy Makes Counseling More Accessible All Over Colorado
Perhaps you don’t live in or near a highly populated area. Colorado is a beautiful state and there are many places to live and work that aren’t full of other people. But that can also make it difficult to find an anxiety treatment specialist near you. Online therapy for anxiety opens up your options for finding a counselor who specializes in treating your unique anxiety needs and that fits your personality. All of the sudden, instead of just one counselor who may be near you to choose from, you can search and choose from the entire state! Throughout the state of Colorado there are dozens of therapists who specialize in what you are coming to therapy for. Making counseling more accessible to those who live in rural or less populated areas is a key value for online therapy.
Whether you are a busy professional living in Denver, a quiet introvert who loves being in the mountains, or a stay-at-home parent who cannot leave the house while your child(ren) nap, online counseling for anxiety in Colorado is definitely worth checking out. Anxiety can get more manageable with treatment from an experienced and licensed counselor and you can feel better perhaps more quickly than you ever imagined. Give online counseling for anxiety in Colorado a try!
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Shannon Heers is a psychotherapist, guest blogger, and owner of Catalyss Counseling in Englewood, CO. Shannon helps adults in professional careers manage anxiety, depression, work-life balance, and grief and loss. Follow Catalyss Counseling on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.