Should I Try Teletherapy During These Hard Times?
Teletherapy is the use of telecommunications including phone or video to provide therapy. It is a useful modality for many reasons but especially in the current environment when it is important to prevent the spread of a virus. It is unclear when and how therapy will return to in-person meetings, but teletherapy allows clinicians and clients to continue meeting during all of this uncertainty.
The pandemic has been a trying time and has left us with an inordinate amount of change to deal with. One of these changes may have been that you haven’t been able to meet in-person with your therapist. While you may be skeptical about trying teletherapy, it has been a useful substitute for in-person meetings and has allowed therapists to maintain consistency, offering support when people might need it the most.
People are having different responses to the current pandemic including feeling lonely, isolated, scared, a loss of control, overwhelmed, grief, and sadness. You do not have to sit with these feelings all alone. While nothing seems to take the place of an in-person meeting, teletherapy is a way to connect when we are feeling disconnected.
Teletherapy is similar to an in-person meeting except that you can do it from the comforts of your home which, for some, may make it easier to talk about difficult feelings. There will be some slight adjustments to this new modality but, with a little patience, most people easily adapt to the change.
If you are struggling at home and have been hesitant to try teletherapy, it would be beneficial to contact your therapist and give teletherapy a try. If you do not already have a therapist, call the intake line at (847)413-9700 to discuss meeting with a therapist through teletherapy. Teletherapy is a way to receive help during these hard times and it is worth reaching out.
Erica Schulz, Psy.D., CADC Ext. 334