So many of us have likely entertained the idea of therapy before. But we have never taken that step to initiate the first appointment. There can be a lot of reasons for this, but for most busy young professionals, it’s a very legitimate reason for lack of time! As a young professional, carving out enough time to eat a proper meal or even to spend a moment in the restroom without answering a text or e-mail is hard enough- where are you going to find the time to commute to another place to spend another hour in your already jam-packed schedule? What if there was a way for you to have all the benefits of therapy, with none of the hassles? We may just have the solution for you!
What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy, also known as e-therapy or cyber-counseling, is a trending new way for busy people to fit therapy into their lives. Our practice uses a website, Doxy.me, that provides all the benefits of face-to-face therapy with none of the hassles! Through a video-chatting platform similar to Skype (but with added security to ensure HIPAA privacy), our clinicians send their clients a link to open, which brings them to a digital “waiting room.”
When the session begins, you’ll basically be video chatting with your therapist, allowing all of the benefits of reading facial expressions and body language that help us communicate our rich inner worlds. That’s it. Nothing to download, no apps to install… just click a link and that’s it! As long as you have a free 50 minutes (the typical length of the therapy hour) and an internet connection, you have access to a therapy session!
How Can Teletherapy Help Busy Professionals?
Teletherapy is a great way for busy young professionals to take care of themselves. Overworking and burnout can be high in this demographic, and many young professionals find themselves forgoing often necessary self-care in order to meet the demands of their job. When it comes to self-care, though, sacrificing it in the short term can have detrimental outcomes in the long-term. I like to use the metaphor of the airplane oxygen-mask. In your pre-flight instructions, you’re always told to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others.
The same thing is true about prioritizing self-care! Unless you are making sure your own needs are met, you won’t be able to be fully present or to perform your best in other spheres, whether it be at work or in your personal life and relationships. Isn’t the reason we’re working so hard to make sure that we can enjoy our lives, families, and friends?
What if I don’t feel like things at “that bad?”
Therapy is not just for those who have a “diagnosis” or a chronic problem that needs attention. Seeking therapy proactively as a source of support is a great way to promote your own evolution and well-being. Therapy can look different for different people. For some, it may be helping them set and achieve personal goals. It may be having a safe place to talk to someone and get an unbiased, objective perspective on difficult situations. And for others, it may be a place to explore and reflect on behaviors that don’t serve us as well as they could and to help us understand why patterns of behavior of interactions with others are repeating themselves.
At the Integrated Care Clinic, our services are two-fold. We promote the treatment of mental health disorders, but we also promote personal growth; my motto is to not only help clients to survive but to help them thrive! If you’ve ever thought about therapy but just haven’t had the time, please give us a call today and schedule a virtual session with one of our highly-trained clinicians!