If you’re working full-time, chances are you have very little personal time set aside. With online counseling, you can receive help 24/7, or while you are on-the-go. This flexibility allows for complete catering to your availability.
Gone are the days of having to set pre-arranged appointments and then receiving counseling in person. Online counseling enables you to open your counseling app and get help right away. This includes SMS/chat, video conferencing, and direct phone counseling options.
Using online counseling provides users with complete privacy and confidentiality. Therapists on the platforms are bound by strict local and federal laws. Your counseling sessions are protected by HIPAA. Your chat sessions are secured by various bank-grade encryption levels, which only you and your therapist can access. Lastly, you have the ability to sign up using an alias and dummy e-mail account.
Did you know that, on average, just one in-person therapy session can cost $200? Some online counseling services provide users with discounted pricing, starting with subscriptions as low as $50 per week. Some providers even work with major insurance companies, which further reduces your costs.
With online counseling, there is no longer a need to seek out help within your city limits. You have the ability to connect with a professional that’s not in your area.
Oftentimes people don’t set therapy appointments due to the stigma surrounding counseling. In fact, some people who set appointments won’t show up for their session due to this unfortunate stigmatization. With the increased privacy and anonymity inherent in online counseling, this fear can be greatly reduced.