What is Virtual Therapy? (Psychology)

Woman engaged in a Virtual Therapy appointment.

In recent years, mental health has become increasingly destigmatized, leading to more people seeking out professional help. However, even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced many to look to unconventional methods to receive treatment, traditional therapy wasn't always accessible for everyone. Geographical location, transportation barriers, limited insurance coverage or other constraints could prevent individuals from getting the mental health care they needed. Virtual Therapy, also called online therapy or teletherapy, is a valuable new method to complement traditional therapy methods for those who cannot attend in-person appointments.

In this blog post, we will explore top questions people have on virtual therapy covering things like what it is and how it works.

How does virtual therapy work?

Virtual Psychology sessions differ from in-person sessions only in the way they are conducted. They are secure, accessible, and user friendly. All you need is a mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer that has a microphone and camera.

On the day of your appointment, you will receive a link to your email address. At the time of your appointment, you simply click on the link, and you will enter the β€˜waiting area’. Your psychologies will then start your appointment and their face should appear on your screen. You will then begin your session.

What are the differences between the two – virtual vs in-person?

The difference between virtual and in-person psychology treatments is your location. In traditional in-person therapy, clients meet face-to-face with their therapist at a predetermined location for a set amount of time. Virtual therapy, on the other hand, involves conducting therapy sessions over the internet. Clients and psychologists connect remotely, in real-time, and hold conversations. Clients can participate in therapy sessions from the comfort of their own homes, or wherever they have access to a device and reliable internet connection. What remains the same is the actual therapy. Most techniques and psychoeducation can be delivered without needing to be in the same room as your psychologist.

Will online therapy work or is virtual therapy effective?

Virtual/Online Psychology treatments have been shown to be effective in managing many mental health conditions such as depression, trauma, and anxiety. In addition to the effectiveness, Virtual Psychological Therapy sessions increases accessibility to mental health support for Nova Scotians and allows for greater opportunity to find a psychologist in Nova Scotia that has experience treating your specific conditions.

Is virtual psychological therapy covered by insurance?

If your extended health plan included psychological support, then virtual psychology treatments are covered. These sessions will also be covered under Motor Vehicle Accident insurance companies if they are approved by your case manager as a necessary part of your treatment plan.

Virtual therapy is a powerful new tool for those seeking help with their mental health. It is accessible, affordable, convenient, and most importantly, effective. While it may not be right for everyone, it is worth exploring if you find yourself facing barriers to seeking traditional in-person therapy. If you're interested in learning more about virtual therapy with a psychologist and how it can help you, contact us today at (902) 425-3775.

If you’re in Halifax, Nova Scotia, don't wait, take the first step towards a happier, healthier life today and book your free virtual screening to see how our Psychologist can help you address your mental health concerns!