Online Therapy, (also called Virtual Therapy) is a relatively new option for busy emerging adults. With school, work, establishing an adult relationship with your parents, financial issues, and more, it can be hard to balance everything and fit in time for you! However, with all this going on, it is no wonder more and more emerging adults are searching for ways to fit in therapy.
Consider Jenna* she is a typical millennial emerging adult. She is in her 3rd year of college, and to save money, lives with her parents. She also is working at the neighborhood bar from in the evening until closing. She grabs a sandwich between her school and work and eats in her car. She works until closing and then does it all over the next day. She has few friends and those that she does have, are asleep when she’s up and up when she’s sleeping or at school. She lives with her parents, who don’t understand why she doesn’t do better in school. Jenna feels alone and depressed that she isn’t making the progress she wants to make as an adult, but has no one to talk to about it. She is feeling anxious that she will be stuck in this rut forever and doesn’t see a way out. She’s both depressed and anxious. She can’t sleep at night, worrying about her situation and feeling hopeless.
She mentioned this to her coworker, who suggested that Jenna see a therapist. Jenna would like to talk to someone about all this because she feels it’s making her sick. But when? Keri, Jenna’s friend, mentions that she “sees” her therapist through online therapy in her car, during her hour break between classes at school. Jenna remembers that she also has a break during the day between school and work. She goes online and finds a therapist that provides online therapy and checks out her website. Then she sends a message to the therapist. They agree to meet online next week between Jenna’s classes. After the appointment, Jenna feels relieved. She’s still anxious but has a bit more hope and schedules to meet with her therapist every week. Jenna looks forward to her time to work out problems with the therapist, and each week seems a bit easier to handle. Jenna now has several friends that she talks to at school, work, and online.
Are you like Jenna, feeling sad, lonely, and/or unfulfilled in your current situation but have no time to visit a therapist.
You thought that your 20’s were supposed to be more comfortable with more freedom, but it just seems like more responsibility without any direction or support. It’s as if you’ve been taken to a new city and dropped off and told, “Good Luck!”
Maybe the answer is Online Therapy as it was for Jenna. With online therapy, you meet during openings in your schedule. No need to waste time driving to the therapist.
How Does It Work?
Open your laptop and log on. Each week you’ll receive an appointment reminder with a link. During the prearranged time, you click on the link, and there I am, waiting to hear about your difficulties, and how your goals made the previous week are moving your forward to your goals. You won’t have to wonder, what do I do now? We can talk about what went well and what needs to be changed. We tweak the plan and try until we figure out what will move you forward.
And if something comes up mid-week, we can hop online for a quick consultation, so you don’t have to wait a whole week to get feedback.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE TYPES OF CLIENTS ONLINE THERAPY IS BEST FOR?
Really anyone who has a busy schedule, is not afraid of computers and has a laptop with a webcam. (A pretty standard option these days!)
It’s nice now, but we all know that in Minnesota that won’t last forever. With online therapy During the cold weather or a snowstorm, we can still meet even if you’re snowed in or the car won’t start!
And if you have an unpredictable chronic illness, disability, or transportation issues, we can quickly turn a scheduled in-office visit to an online one when your body doesn’t want to play nice.
Online therapy isn’t for everyone or every situation. It doesn’t have the personal touch of being in the same room in times when you are in crisis thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, so in these cases, we go traditional and meet face to face in the office. Even though it’s pretty easy for most, if technology isn’t your friend, you may prefer in-office therapy.
If you think Online Therapy might be something you’d like to try, call Emerging Adult Counseling and talk it over with Sue Smith. Give it a try. If you want the convenience, and it’s appropriate for your issues, we can put you on the schedule. Limited evening and weekend appointments are available as well as day appointments for Online Therapy.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 651-401-3218 or email Sue.Smith@EmergingAdultCounselingTC.com or go to our online portal to schedule your first appointment. Sometimes it’s better for the first appointment to be in person, even if you plan to do online therapy so that we can see each other personally and make sure the type of concern doesn’t require in-office attention. Check with your therapist if you are not sure.