Effectiveness of Online Counselling

Effectiveness of Online Counselling

March 17 2023 TalktoAngel 0 comments 975 Views

Mental illness is a problem that has affected people throughout history, and it will continue to affect people in the future. According to the World Health Organization, mental illness will be the main contributor to disability globally by 2030. There has never been a bigger need for online mental health counselling services given the stress of modern living and the prevalence of technology. These services have expanded significantly over the past few years and are now a crucial component of attempts to lessen the negative effects of mental illness on society. In addition to being available, these services must be successful in treating patients and enhancing their long-term prognosis.

Case 1:

Mr. Anuj, an IIT graduate currently working in Amazon reports that the Online Therapy session at TalktoAngel, the No. 1 Online Therapy & Counselling with Dr (Prof) R K Suri has been of great value, and is the same in effectiveness as I had face session with him in his Clinic in Delhi.

Case 2:

Mr. Bhushan, CEO of a leading Pharma Company in India, on account of Covid restriction I was compelled to take an online CBT session with Dr. R K Suri, I was having OCD, but I was able to handle the OCD about contamination, and health anxiety.

 

What is Mental Health Counselling?

Mental health counselling is a sustainable approach to facilitating growth and healing for a client. The focus is on resolving the problems that caused the client to seek counseling rather than administering a quick-fix treatment. A client and a counsellor work together one-on-one during counselling. The counselor is a trained mental health professional who facilitates the therapeutic journey of a client with empathy and active listening skills, assisting the client in overcoming the mental health issues they are facing. The goal is to offer a more long-term solution to these issues. Online mental health counselling is simply the same service provided through the internet, where any individual can connect with an online psychologist or an Online Counsellor for addressing mental health problems. Its purpose is to be accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their location or other circumstances that may impede their access to traditional face-to-face counselling.

 

How Does Online Counseling Work?

As with traditional face-to-face counselling, the client shares the issues they are facing, and the Top psychologist in India responds online by offering insight, advice, and encouragement. However, the mode of communication is electronic. An Online Counsellor and client might use instant messaging, email, or a video and text app. Online Counselling helps people who find it difficult to travel to a therapist's office regularly. Counselling is either one-on-one or in a group setting, depending on the need of the clients. Some online mental health providers offer e-self-help tools, such as mood tracking

Apps and interactive exercises. These tools may help clients to address uncooperative mindsets, build coping strategies, and engage in self-reflection. They may also offer online courses for improving mental health, such as relaxation training and positive thinking.


Why is online counselling effective?

There are many reasons why Online Counselling is effective. First, the counselor and client are not bonded by the physical constraints of the interaction. Contrary to in-person counselling, they can continue their conversation even when they are busy or unable to meet in person due to distance or other constraints. It can empower clients to make consistent progress on their mental health goals, regardless of their schedule. The second advantage of Online Counselling is that it is cheaper than in-person counselling, making it more accessible to an enormous portion of the population. It holds imperative significance for people experiencing financial difficulty when mental health services become increasingly expensive. Online psychological Counselling also provides patients with greater privacy and anonymity than conventional therapy.

Several types of research indicate that Online Counselling is just as effective as conventional counselling follows-

Researchers discovered that online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can successfully treat different mood disorders and illness-related emotional distress in combination with clinical care.

 

In one study, CBT was found to be more effective than in-person therapy. In a review of 17 studies, online CBT was found to be more effective than face-to-face CBT at reducing depression symptoms. Patients receiving mental health care via video conferencing reported 'high satisfaction' in a study published in the World Journal of Psychiatry. Because of these barriers, some have questioned whether or not online therapy is effective. Patients who have used online mental health services have been supportive of them.

 

Limitations of Online Psychological Counselling

Several limitations are worth bearing in mind when considering online counselling. The first of the most concerning issues is that patients cannot see their therapist's body language and facial expressions, which is a critical part of therapy. Trust building with the therapist can be more difficult when the relationship relies solely on the internet. In addition, it can be more challenging to open up and discuss sensitive issues when using an online platform. These limitations mean that Online Counselling is not suitable for everyone, particularly if a client is seeking help with a severe mental health issue. But for some people, online therapy can be an attractive alternative to conventional therapy.

 

Concluding Words

Online counselling for mental health is a convenient and effective way to improve mental health. It is a safe and anonymous option for people who want to receive help but are unable to travel to the therapist's office. Online counseling also provides patients with greater flexibility, allowing them to log into sessions from anywhere and at any time. Some limitations need note-taking before choosing online counselling, but overall, it is an effective form of therapy.

 

Contributed By- Dr (Prof) R K SuriBest Clinical Psychologist & Life Coach & Ms. Varshini NayyarPsychologist



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