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Benefits of Virtual Therapy and How It Works

Everyone can benefit from therapy, but not everyone has the time, ability, or desire to visit a therapist’s office. If that sounds like you, it may be worth considering a virtual therapist. Often, the people who benefit the most from therapy are also incredibly busy. Finding the time to commute to an in-person counseling session can be a challenge for many. Plus, face-to-face therapy isn’t always accessible for people with disabilities, transportation issues, or social anxiety.

People in more remote areas may not be able to find a therapist with the right qualifications. For those living in bigger cities like Miami, Orlando, Tampa, or Jacksonville, there may be more options for a Florida therapist. However, it’s not always the case that you’ll find the therapist that suits your unique needs within a reasonable commute. With a virtual therapist, you don’t have to worry about the commute or available nearby options. But, is online therapy effective?

Numerous studies offer evidence that teletherapy is effective. A study in 2020 found that virtual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was at least as effective as in-person CBT. That same study found evidence that online CBT may even be more effective than in-person CBT in reducing the intensity of depression symptoms.

Are you interested in finding virtual Florida therapy? Take the first step and schedule your consultation today.

7 Benefits of Virtual Therapy

There are numerous perks to teletherapy over a traditional office visit. A virtual therapist can offer:

1. Accessibility

As long as you have a device that can access a stable internet connection, you can attend a teletherapy appointment. At Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, we utilize Zoom for virtual counseling sessions.

2. Convenience

Investing in your mental health is no easy feat. Between work, social and family obligations, and other responsibilities, it can be difficult to find the time for a therapy appointment. With virtual therapy, there’s no need to commute anywhere, saving you precious time and energy.

3. Flexibility

The flexibility of online therapy benefits both the client and the virtual therapist. With neither person needing to commute, there’s more room on both schedules for appointments at more hours of the day or week.

4. Efficacy

With more and more people choosing teletherapy, researchers have conducted studies regarding the efficacy of online counseling. Research has shown there are many benefits of virtual therapy, with this 2018 study showing high rates of satisfaction for teletherapy clients.

5. Continuity

With the ability to attend therapy sessions from anywhere, you don’t have to cancel your therapy session to go on vacation or make that business trip. Your virtual therapist will still be there, wherever you are.

6. Comfort

For many people, especially those with social anxiety, the thought of going to a therapist’s office is uncomfortable. At home, you can sit on your favorite chair with your softest blanket, making therapy as comfortable as binging Netflix.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does virtual therapy work?

At Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, you will use Zoom to meet with your virtual therapist. The session will proceed just like traditional therapy, just over a video call.

How do I prepare for virtual therapy?

We recommend finding a quiet, private space with a stable internet connection for your virtual counseling sessions. One of the benefits of virtual therapy is being able to talk from the comfort of your own home, so make sure you choose a comfortable spot for yourself.

Is online therapy confidential?

We use HIPAA-compliant platforms to conduct virtual counseling, ensuring that every virtual therapy session is completely confidential.

Is online therapy effective?

Yes, both forms of therapy offer effective mental health solutions. In some cases, a virtual therapist can be better, as you have more options to find a therapist who is the right fit for your unique needs.

Can I do virtual couples or family therapy?

Yes, we offer virtual therapy for individuals, couples, and families.

Therapy From the Comfort of Your Home

With teletherapy, you have the power to find the right therapist. A virtual therapist from Miami Hypnosis and Therapy can offer the benefits of virtual therapy to Floridians anywhere in the Sunshine State. Our principal practitioner, Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M., has a specialized, integrative approach to therapy. She combines CBT, hypnotherapy, and neuro-linguistic programming to reduce treatment times for her clients, both in-person and virtual. Whether you’re in Coral Gables or Tallahassee, if you believe our integrative therapy is the right fit for you, schedule your consultation today.

Anna Marchenko

Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M. is the principal therapist at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy. She holds a bachelor's degree from NYU and dual masters degrees from Columbia University. Marchenko’s hypnosis certification is from the only hypnosis program in Florida that has been certified by the state’s Board of Education. She helps her clients by utilizing an integrative approach to psychotherapy, tailored to each individual’s mental health journey, drawing from hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, NLP therapy, EMDR, and more.

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