The way we live our daily lives has changed, dramatically and substantially over night.  Coronavirus has been dubbed, “one of the biggest challenges our generation faces” by the Prime Minister and his advisors.  Social distancing has now been introduced, people told only to travel when it is essential and many people told to self isolate for up to 12 weeks.

So what does this mean for access to psychological therapies?  Whether you are already in therapy or looking to access support now to deal with these uncertain times, how will these new measures affect you and can something different be done?

The good news is online therapy conducted via Skype, video calling, telephone, IM or email, has been around for a while and rapidly growing in popularity.  It has been backed by many therapists as a viable alternative to traditional face to face therapy. Research has shown high levels of satisfaction in clients using online therapy, particularly online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  In fact, research has shown that results from online therapy were just as good as conventional face to face therapy and that online therapy and medication combined saw greater results, than medication alone.

What are the benefits to online therapy?

  • You do not have to travel and can see someone from the comfort of your own home.

  • You don’t have to sit on a waiting list and can often be seen within days of making an initial enquiry.

  • You can have appointments at times that suit you – morning, afternoon or evening.

  • You can access therapy even if you struggle to leave the house or, now, CAN’T leave the house.

  • It is discreet.

However, as with most things, online therapy is not for everyone.  Online therapy may not be suitable for you if:

  • You are in crisis or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else.

  • If your internet connection is unreliable.  However this would not impact telephone sessions.

  • If you have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness.

Ultimately it is down to preference.  It may not replace person to person therapy for some, but at a time where we are being asked to reduce the amount of physical contact we have with each other for the sake of our own health as well as those we live with, it is a viable option.

If you would like more information, or want to get started today, please contact us for more information. Call us on 0330 123 3359 or email us info@beaumarisgroup.co.uk.