The time for only having the opportunity to speak to a psychologist in their rooms, is coming to a close. For many this will always be a preferable option, but with the advent of the internet, web cams and programs such as Skype, there are now more new ways to seek out the therapy you choose.
At New Psychology® we are bringing this service to people. It is especially beneficial for people who have not been able to access traditional therapy in consulting rooms. For too long, there have been people who have ‘gone under the radar’ and have been forgotten. Generally psychologists have more clients waiting to see them than they are able to offer a service to. For many people not able to come into rooms they are not followed up, as we generally are not able to cope with referral demands.
Many people, who may have transport or mobility issues, are trapped at home with no support. There are also people who have such extreme levels of anxiety or social phobias they are not able to venture from their home; for these people virtual counseling offers an invaluable and much needed service. There are also people living in rural and remote areas all over the world who may not have a psychologist they can access for treatment- however they have the internet. For these people, Virtual Counseling offers an easy way to find treatment and for some people the first chance to get that much needed support that may have been lacking.
Rapid Change is Possible
The aim of psychologists is to assist clients to move towards a state of emotional health and well being as quickly as possible. Older forms of therapy, involved potentially many years of psychoanalysis and discussions of every experience the person had ever had. In the past, people would attend sessions every week or two for many years, often seeing minimal change.
With the modern therapeutic techniques, rapid change is possible. Most psychologists who practice today adopt the philosophy of trying to achieve the best results in the shortest time frame possible. This of course needs to be balanced carefully with the needs of the client. For some people you need to tread very slowly to start with if they are reluctant to enter into emotions and feelings they have suppressed for many years. With these people, you walk a steady path and try and encourage them to face those issues.
Online Therapy to Match the Clients Needs
Usually psychologist’s today are trained in numerous techniques and are able to match the therapy to the clients needs. There are still psychologists who practice in specialized areas only, such as ‘Gestalt Therapy’; this however may be too restrictive for the client. Certain types of therapy are only suited to certain types of people.
I am lucky that I received training in the basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and many other techniques which address the unconscious as well as the conscious. This allows me to work quickly with people to improve their psychological health, if they really want to be and feel well. This is moving psychology forward to enable rapid progress with treatment only expected to take a few weeks. I have seen this occur with the majority of my clients. Rapid and easily accessible therapy is the way of the future and virtual counseling is able to provide this service…
I look forward to meeting you in the virtual counseling world.