We are all familiar with counselling in person. Walking into that office, sitting down with your counsellor, and sharing the weeks or months events. It is familiar, there is a routine, and has been a consistent part of many people’s counselling sessions for years.
However, with the increasing safety concerns, the boom in technology, and the desire for convenience, many sessions have been transferring to online counselling.
Can NDIS counselling be done online?
Yes! While counselling may be more effective in person, since your counsellor can see your nonverbal cues more clearly, online counselling sessions are certainly available. Online counselling is available for anyone who is struggling to get around, suffers from decreased immune systems, or simply prefers the online format. You will be able to chat with your counsellor for the duration of your session about any issues you have been facing in your day to day life.
What are the benefits of online counselling?
Online counselling means counselling is much more accessible to anyone who may need it. You can skip driving, taking public transport, stress about exposure or packing a session into your busy schedule. Online counselling can be more convenient and may allow you to feel more comfortable in the safety of your own home. All you need to do is call up your counselling service and discuss a date and time for your session. This also means your sessions can remain consistent no matter where in the world you are!
Is telephone counselling an option?
Yes! If you are not familiar with computers and internet, or you simply rather have a counselling session over the phone then that is possible as well! To organise your NDIS counselling session over the phone, all you need to do is contact your counselling service. You can set up a time and date that suits you and then benefit from a counselling session while in the comfort of your own home.
Is long distance counselling still effective?
Yes. Studies have shown that online treatment can be highly effective for many mental health issues. In certain cases, such as depression, online treatment was found to be exactly as effective as in person treatment. People also appreciate online counselling because it minimises the social stigma of going into a counsellor’s office. It also allows you to keep a level of anonymity that increases the levels of honesty and self-disclosure.
So, prioritize your mental health and keep your schedule regular, by booking an online appointment. Keeping your counselling sessions is vital to managing long term mental health difficulties, so do not let the pandemic or physical presence stop you.