The outbreak in our lives of SARS-CoV-2 has brought about many changes, And among them, emphasizes the need for a whole series of challenges that appear on our path, whether they have to do with fears and expectations about what might happen or with real events taking place in our family context, in our work, at home, or even in our own body.
The general feeling is that we were not prepared for a pandemic of this magnitude, and this is partly true; for some reason it became the main topic of conversation for many months. Fortunately, however, the coronavirus crisis has come at a time when the mental health world has had the opportunity to develop one of its most useful resources in such cases.
It’s online psychotherapy, A psychological intervention format that has been consolidated in recent years and although it was not created to allow us to adapt to a pandemic context, fortunately fits very well in the coverage of needs in terms of psychological support that presents a good part of the population in the midst of this situation with measures to prevent contagions. Here we will see how we benefit from the coronavirus.
How is online psychotherapy helping us in the face of the COVID-19 crisis?
It is these aspects that make online psychological therapy a valuable resource in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and all that surrounds it.
1. No need to leave the house
The first advantage is obvious: with online psychotherapy sessions, you don’t even have to leave the house to “go to the psychologist”. Which means the risk of infection is reduced to 0%, And on the other hand the possible problems of access to consultation produced by the containment measures applied in certain regions are avoided.
2. Its degree of efficiency makes it an alternative
When the online format does not pose a problem for logistical reasons (i.e. the patient’s ability to connect by video call or difficult access to the equipment needed for certain types of therapy, such as Neurofeedback), Online therapy is just as effective as face-to-face psychotherapy, according to research on the subject..
In other words, except in exceptional cases where the patient cannot use certain materials at home or does not know how to do it, the mere fact that the communication channel changes and is not in the same room as the psychologist does. ‘introduced no relevant changes in the potential of psychotherapy to enable patients to overcome naked problems. On the other hand, the effect of the psychological intervention is maintained over the long term, just like the face-to-face.
3. It is very easy to use
As we have seen, the only limiting factor of online psychotherapy is related to the use of material resources. However, this happens very few occasions, as most of the resources used in therapy can be adapted to the remote format or have a digital version directly, and on the other hand, it is very easy to teach anyone how to attend psychology sessions online.
Even the elderly, particularly vulnerable to VOCID-19, can learn to connect to these video calling sessions within minutes, even in cases where they have hardly ever used the computer. IT solutions have been slow to evolve, and currently interfaces are much simpler and designed for ease of use, without too many intermediate steps.
4. It’s economical
Online psychotherapy sessions are cheaper, which is usually reflected in the price.. This is particularly useful when many people need to cut back on their expenses.
5. Helps to cope with factors of psychological wear and tear
Finally, we must not forget that professional support through psychotherapy is essential in crisis situations. Suffering or the appearance of pathological behavior patterns cannot be normalized in trying to cope with daily discomfort due to anxiety or general emotional distress.
Are you looking for psychotherapy services?
If you are interested in starting a psychotherapy process, in person or online via video call, please contact us. Fr Advanced psychologists we have cared for patients with all kinds of emotional, behavioral and emotional problems for two decades. You will find us in our center located in Madrid, or via this page with our contact details.
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- Gratzer, D. and Khalid-Khan, F. (2016). Cognitive-behavioral therapy provided by the Internet in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. CMAJ, 188 (4) pages 263 to 272.