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Jul 04

Video Therapy? Teletherapy? Sounds Awful!

Psychotherapy’s Evolution

 Teletherapy – Telehealth – Video Therapy is here to stay.

I remember when Covid first happened: suddenly and without warning we switched all therapy sessions from meeting in the office to teletherapy or video therapy.  Initially, there was quite a scramble to find a means to continue therapy while ensuring privacy and confidentiality as well as nurturing the important connection that exists in the client/therapist relationship.

Some clients (and therapists to be honest) were more than a little reluctant to give it a try and hoped to wait out what was initially planned as only brief hiatus of in-person therapy sessions.  However, as the weeks of social distancing went on, clients and therapists alike opted to give it a try and most embraced the new model of psychotherapy – actually preferring it to the traditional in-person sessions.

Why Try Video Therapy? Overcoming Initial Discomfort for Long-Term Benefits

In recent years, video therapy has emerged as a popular and effective means of mental health support. Despite its growing prevalence, many people find the idea of video therapy uncomfortable at first. Many worry that it will feel the same as a Zoom meeting at work.  The idea of sharing personal and emotional topics in a virtual setting can seem cold and impersonal.

However, many who give video therapy a chance find that they come to prefer it over traditional in-person sessions.  And unlike a business Zoom meeting, therapists strive to make the session dynamic for the client as similar to an in-person session as possible – without the negative aspects of an in-person meeting.

Here’s a breakdown of why video therapy might be worth a try, despite the initial discomfort.

Convenience and Accessibility

One of the most significant advantages of video therapy is its convenience. With video therapy, clients can attend sessions from the comfort of their own homes or private spaces. This eliminates the need for travel, saving time and reducing the stress and costs associated with commuting. Additionally, video therapy can be more accessible for people who live and work far from the therapist or counselor they want to work with.

Flexibility in Scheduling

Video therapy often offers greater flexibility in scheduling. Therapists can offer more appointment times, including evenings and weekends, which can be particularly beneficial for those with busy or irregular schedules. This flexibility allows individuals to fit therapy into their lives more easily, making it a more sustainable option in the long term.

Comfort and Familiarity of Home

For many, the idea of discussing personal issues in an unfamiliar office setting can be daunting. Video therapy allows clients to engage in therapy from a familiar and comfortable environment. Being at home can help clients feel more at ease, making it easier to open up and engage in meaningful conversations with their therapist.

Reduced Stigma

The stigma surrounding mental health care can be a barrier for many individuals seeking help. Video therapy provides a level of privacy and anonymity that can make it easier for people to reach out for support. Clients can attend sessions without worrying about being seen entering a therapist’s office, which can reduce the fear of judgment from others.

Continuity of Care

Life can be unpredictable, and unexpected events can sometimes interfere with in-person therapy sessions. Video therapy allows for continuity of care even when clients are unable to attend in person. Whether it’s due to travel, illness, or other commitments, video therapy ensures that clients can maintain their therapeutic progress without interruption.

Overcoming Initial Discomfort

While it’s natural to feel uneasy about starting therapy, starting video therapy might sound even more awkward. Certainly, the idea of discussing personal matters through a screen can initially feel impersonal and strange. However, many find that this discomfort diminishes over time. As clients become accustomed to the format, they often find that the benefits outweigh the initial awkwardness.

Therapists are trained to create a safe and supportive environment, even in a virtual setting. They use techniques to build rapport and establish a therapeutic connection, helping clients feel comfortable and understood. Moreover, the skills and tools used in therapy are just as effective in a virtual format as they are in person.

Not Just Another Zoom Call

It’s important to differentiate video therapy from other virtual interactions, such as business meetings on Zoom. Video therapy is a deeply personal and confidential experience. Therapists are trained to manage the unique challenges of virtual therapy, ensuring that clients receive the same level of care and support as they would in an in-person session.

Unlike a business meeting, video therapy sessions are focused entirely on the client’s needs and well-being. The therapeutic relationship is built on trust, empathy, and a commitment to the client’s mental health journey. This personalized approach sets video therapy apart from other forms of virtual communication.

Embracing the Future of Therapy

As technology continues to evolve, so too does the field of mental health care. In fact, video therapy represents a significant advancement in making therapy more accessible, flexible, and inclusive. By overcoming the initial discomfort and giving video therapy a chance, individuals and couples can access the support they need in a way that fits seamlessly into their lives.

So while the idea of video therapy might feel uncomfortable at first, you will likely find that you come to prefer it for its convenience, flexibility, and the comfort of of the therapy space. Also, it offers a unique opportunity to receive high-quality mental health care without the barriers often associated with traditional in-person therapy. If you’re hesitant about video therapy, consider giving it a try – you might find that it’s the perfect fit for your mental health needs.

Life can be complicated, messy, and rarely progresses in a straight line.  PeoplePsych is a Chicago-based psychotherapy group that treats adults seeking profound change in their lives.  We provide services that affirm the dignity, worth, and value of all individuals. We strive to create a safe non-judgemental space for clients to explore the issues that bring them. To connect with one of our therapists, please contact our Clinical Coordinator at (312) 252-5252 or

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