Frequently Asked Questions
Seeking therapy for the first time can be scary. You may not be sure whether therapy is right for you or what to expect in a session. Please browse some of the most frequently asked questions, and feel free to contact us to ask additional questions or to schedule a session.
Is online therapy just as successful as face-to-face therapy?
Absolutely! Online therapy has proven to be just as successful as face-to-face therapy for many individuals. Numerous studies and clinical trials have consistently shown that the effectiveness of therapy is not compromised when conducted remotely. Here are some key points to consider:
Convenience and Accessibility: Online therapy provides unprecedented convenience and accessibility. Clients can engage in therapy sessions from the comfort of their own homes, eliminating the need for travel. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with busy schedules, mobility issues, or those living in remote areas.
Consistent Quality of Care: Therapists who offer online services are trained to provide the same high-quality care as they would in person. The therapeutic techniques, interventions, and strategies remain consistent, ensuring that clients receive effective support regardless of the mode of delivery.
Increased Comfort and Flexibility: Some clients may feel more at ease in their own environment, leading to increased openness and comfort during therapy sessions. Online therapy also offers greater scheduling flexibility, allowing clients to find appointment times that suit their lifestyles.
Technological Advancements: With advancements in technology, online platforms offer secure and confidential communication. Video conferencing, chat, and other online tools allow therapists to build strong therapeutic relationships with their clients, fostering a sense of connection and trust.
Effective Communication: Therapists are skilled in adapting their communication style to the online format. Many find that the virtual setting can enhance communication, as clients may feel more comfortable expressing themselves through written messages or in a face-to-face video setting.
Continuity of Care: Online therapy ensures continuity of care, especially during times when in-person sessions may be challenging, such as during travel restrictions, health concerns, or unexpected life events. This consistency is crucial for maintaining progress and addressing ongoing therapeutic goals.
While some individuals may have a preference for in-person sessions, the evidence overwhelmingly supports the effectiveness of online therapy. The choice between online and face-to-face therapy ultimately depends on individual preferences, needs, and circumstances. Our experienced therapists are committed to providing the same level of care and support, regardless of the mode of delivery. If you have any specific concerns or questions, feel free to reach out, and we'll be happy to address them. Your well-being is our priority!
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
I think I would benefit from therapy, but I'm not sure I can afford it. What options do I have?
We accept a variety of insurance plans; you can view a full listing here. If you are in need of services, but do not have insurance or have financial limitations, we may be able to help you to get the therapy-assistance you need. Read more about Open Path Psychotherapy Collective HERE. (You can view our rates here.)
Still have questions?
Contact us with your question. We will be happy to help you!