Nowadays, we can chat, talk, shop, and do virtually anything we want online. With technology moving forward, more and more industries are seeing a new era in the digital world. We’ve seen the rise of online mental health tests, at-home gut health tests, and every other possible type of test that you can do from the comfort of your phone. So, what about online marriage counselors? Do they hold any value in the self-care world?
Science says it depends.
What Is Online Therapy?
Online therapy is precisely what it sounds like, a therapy session with a licensed therapist, but online. Some online therapy options involve only chat over a mobile app or a website. Others include having a video call with the therapist. Online therapy platforms are usually more affordable than in-office therapy, which is why many couples are beginning to sign up for them.
Online vs. Traditional Therapy
The most significant difference between both forms of therapy is the cost. Traditional therapy often costs twice as much as online therapy. The other big difference is the communication style. For some people, therapy can be intimidating, discussing deeply personal issues with a stranger is not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, which is why online therapy seems like a more relaxed approach.
Traditional therapy requires both partners to be at the same spot at the same time, something that seems simple but can be more complicated in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Some online marriage counselors’ apps are designed for each partner to work on their sessions by themselves and to meet whenever they have the time.
There’s no evidence to suggest online therapy cannot be helpful to some. In the end, the most significant difference is the preference.
Who Should Try This?
Everyone. Online therapy is available for a wide range of issues, including divorce, family issues, and marriage counseling. If you’re unsure if your relationship is ready for a couple’s counselor, take this GR8 Quiz to guide you in the right direction.
Please know that online therapy is not for everyone. Some people need the in-person interaction. To some, communicating over text-messages is not the right way to express their feelings, and sometimes as a couple, you’ll do better with an intermediator. As always, remember that your marriage is unique, treat it as such and define what’s best for your relationship.
What’s Your View?
With all the apps and online resources available, would you consider trying an online marriage counselor? Join the GR8 Poll and let your voice be heard.