With the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, the face of therapy has changed rapidly. While many have returned to in-person sessions, an equally large number have continued to attend therapy virtually. According to a survey conducted by the American Psychiatric Association, over three-quarters of clinicians are servicing clients via a remote platform.
Yet while the shift seems convenient for individuals and clinicians, how does it impact family counseling services?
When we hear “teletherapy,” most people will build a mental picture of a therapist on the screen and one client on the other end. This transition may be effortless for a single person, but it’s going to look different with a whole family on the receiving end of treatment.
Online family counseling services
Family life, at times, can be challenging. New parents may really be feeling the lifestyle change of having a baby; perhaps an inefficient work/life balance is leading to tension between yourself and your spouse; maybe a child is dealing with a mental illness or addiction and it’s impacting the entire family.
All families have their difficulties, and some are just too hard or too big to handle on one’s own. There is no shame in seeking professional help to restore a sense of peace in your household, and your loved ones are likely to thank you for your initiative. After all, what affects one person in a family tends to have a ripple effect on the others in the household as well.
Online family counseling can help address many issues. Some concerns that could be handled in family therapy include:
Grief and loss
Other life transitions, like a move
If one or several of these areas are impacting your family, now’s the time to consider the benefits family counseling services could offer your family.
Benefits of Online Family Counseling
If you’ve never heard of Family Systems Theory, here’s something to consider: according to The Center for Family Systems Theory, psychiatrist Murray Bowen posited that each individual is greatly impacted on an emotional level by his or her family unit. Within a family unit, patterns and bonds form so that each person’s behavior directly impacts the behavior, and therefore wellness, of another. This is why it’s so important to look after the mental and physical wellness of the members of your family, and counseling can do just that.
Online family counseling offers all the same benefits of family counseling in an office setting, along with some exclusive perks. The counseling your family will receive is of the same caliber as in-person services, meaning that your mental health professional has the same education and credentials you would expect from an in-person counselor.
Same treatment methods as in-person
The content of your sessions will remain equivalent to face-to-face services, as will the treatment plan. When you begin online counseling with your family, your counselor will devise a treatment plan with both individual and familial goals that will reflect the same method and end goal of treatment as you would find in the office setting. Despite the screen between you and your healthcare provider, your family’s counselor will practice in much the same way as he or she would if they were sitting in your living room.
Convenience in location
Families are busy, and the thought of adding one more appointment to the routine might throw any mom into a panic. That’s the convenience of online counseling – you don’t need to budget time to drive and sit in the waiting room, you don’t need to pack up the kids in the car and you don’t need to live close to the counseling office. Remote family counseling fits into your routine how and when you need it.
Simple, yet safe, teletherapy technology
You’re also going to enjoy the convenience and availability of the virtual platform. Even if you’re no computer genius, logging into your provider’s video chat is as simple as logging into Zoom, but much safer with the use of a HIPAA compliant, encrypted video system. The requirements for set-up are minimal as well, as most devices (phones, laptops) have the capacity to use teletherapy platforms.
Seek help when you need it most
Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, and sometimes we just need some additional guidance in navigating it all. If your family is experiencing a stressful time for any reason, or you feel like the benefits of online family counseling could help, consider reaching out to a counselor.
To get your family set up with the support they deserve, visit Pyramid Online Counseling, or call 833-525-3077 to get started today.