When a doctor or family member recommends someone seek counseling, the recommendation is often dismissed because it seems logistically impossible. Many people struggle with how to fit a therapy routine into their hectic life due to a number of factors that get in the way. But online therapy can reduce the stress of seeking treatment!
Common Barriers to Seeking Therapy and Counseling
Child Care Dilemmas
For busy parents of small children, the thought of finding child-care every week to cover the times it takes to drive to a clinic, spend an hour in therapy, and then drive back home may feel more overwhelming than just continuing to deal with feeling depressed.
Long Work Weeks
Figuring out how to schedule routine therapy appointments while working 50 to 60 hours per week and possibly traveling for work as well may create its own panicky feeling.
Travel and Transportation Issues
Even if you have the time to come to appointments, what if you don’t have access to transportation to get there or would need to drive an hour or two each way?
A Easier Path to Therapy and Counseling
As a new mother returning to the workforce, I decided to begin providing online therapy to better accommodate my schedule and my family’s needs. Since I started, I have become more and more convinced that, just like online therapy made work easier for me, it makes accessing counseling services more manageable for many people.
Online therapy eliminates many of the barriers that keep people from seeking counseling and therapy. Whether you stay home with kids, work 12 hours a day, don’t have transportation, would have to drive quite a distance, or simply feel uncomfortable with the thought of going to a therapist’s office, online therapy is an avenue you may want to utilize to obtain the services that could be helpful to you.
All you need to take part in online therapy is:
- A smartphone, tablet or any other device that allows you to download an app OR a computer with a webcam,
- Access to the internet,
- A private place you can go where you can talk and not be interrupted.
If you have these three things, you have everything you need to participate. So, no more excuses! Your health and wellbeing is worth it! Online therapy can help you reach your personal goals from the convenience of your home, work or even parked car.
Online Therapy at Pine Rest
Pine Rest has over 50 licensed therapists trained to provide online therapy. Our website provides information about how online therapy works, what to expect and information about the therapists like me who provide it.
Ready to schedule an appointment? You can make your first appointment right on our website. You’ll be connected to someone who can help you set up an appointment through a video chat.
Jasmine Starr Emerick, LMSW is a Licensed Master of Social Work providing therapy since 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Ferris State University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University.
Jasmine’s professional experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults within a therapy setting. She has worked as an Infant Toddler Mental Health Therapist, a Medical Social Worker, a Psychotherapist and a Psychometrist.
Jasmine enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, changes of life, behavioral issues, academic stress and family issues. She is also passionate about helping individuals and families experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD).