Online Therapy Got Popular During COVID, and It’s Here to Stay

Online therapy goes by several names, such as virtual therapy, telepsychology and teletherapy. But whatever it’s called, these services became more popular during the pandemic shutdowns. Companies that provide online therapy share many similarities, although they also have some important differences. Everyday Health wrote this¬†Talkspace review¬†to provide more detailed information on Talkspace, one of the leading companies in online therapy.

Why online therapy became popular during COVID

One thing patients won’t find in any Talkspace review or other review of online therapy companies is why they have become so popular. Some of the reasons are obvious, while others are not. The most obvious reason online therapy became popular is that in-person services got shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patients who became used to sharing their thoughts and challenges with a therapist were suddenly cut off from their therapists. As a result, many turned to online therapy to deal with the challenges facing them.

However, it wasn’t just patients who were doing in-person therapy who sought out virtual therapists. Multiple studies have shown that mental health concerns increased during the pandemic as people became isolated in their homes.

Before the pandemic, mental health problems were one of the leading causes of disability around the globe. During the pandemic, the number of people reporting mental health problems increased. For example, the number of U.S. adults reporting anxiety rose from one out of ten in the first half of 2019 to four out of 10 during the pandemic, according to a KFF Health Tracking Poll.

What to look for in online therapy

The Talkspace review linked above provides a window into what patients should expect if they seek out online therapy. Since the company is one of the leaders in its industry, it provides a guide for what patients should consider when looking for an online therapist.

One of the first things patients should understand when seeking online therapy is that many companies provide text-only plans. Patients can usually send unlimited messages to their therapist and receive a certain number of responses per week, often five. Talkspace and other online therapy companies may accept messages via text, video and audio.

The use of messaging instead of one-on-one direct therapy makes online therapy different from in-person therapy. Thus, patients who want the personal touch of in-person services might want to look for a plan that offers one or more live sessions. It’s essential to make that distinction when choosing an online therapy firm since so many of them offer cheap plans that don’t include live sessions.

Many patients have been able to change their lives through online therapy. The pandemic brought some serious changes to the mental health industry, but many patients will agree that those changes have been for the better. Online therapy has opened up a world of possibilities.

Source: Everyday Health