Psychological help is needed much more in the 21st century than ever before. With nearly 50% divorce rates, young age depressions and high anxiety rates, almost everyone on the planet seems to require some sort of therapist assistance. Whether it’s for moving forward after the death of a loved one or even if it’s simply to get over fears of being in public places, therapists can do a lot of good.
However, meeting up with therapists often requires going into the city, which is nearly impossible to do for people with anxiety issues. A solution is on its way; therapists are exploring the world of webcam sessions.
What are therapist webcam sessions?
Webcam sessions with therapists are essentially regular sessions, but rather than being in the same room, you can be countries apart. In the end, it really doesn’t change much as far as the session is concerned because you still get one on one time with a therapist.
There are a few downsides however. For instance, patients need to find a 100% quiet room where they can appear on webcam and where they can be sure that nobody will overhear what is going on. Some patients may not be able to find such secure places to video chat.
The internet connection can also affect the quality of your sessions. Not everyone has lightning fast internet connections, which can cause lag in the webcam chats. This can make it difficult for the therapist to understand what you’re saying.
Webcam chat may be the newest alternative to regular psychological therapy sessions, but it certainly isn’t the first. Text messaging with therapists has been huge over the course of the past decade. This involves texting with your therapist when you need help or are going through a difficult moment. This is a great alternative because it gives you a sort of 24/7 lifeline. However, you have to pay for every text that you send, which can get costly if you need to have a big conversation.
Phone support is also another alternative which has been introduced a while ago. It involves giving your therapist a phone call when you need them the most. They will normally charge you for an hour of time even if you only talk for 15 minutes.
Great Idea – Will it Work?
Although webcam chat sessions with therapists is a great idea, it may not work as well as you may think. Many other alternatives have seen the light of day and failed miserably. Considering the privacy of the sessions, it’s important for therapists to make sure that nobody else can overhear the conversations or even access the webcam recordings in the future. We will have to wait to see how far this technology goes in the world of psychology.