Distance counseling and coaching, via phone and video, has been around for a while now. While the in person format may seem like the gold standard and what fits the typical image of therapy in most minds, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better or more effective. Enter….COVID-19 to test this assumption. The whole world is currently pivoting to continue providing support using online solutions and we think it’s awesome!
- Online counseling & coaching is convenient
It’s pretty obvious that being able to walk to your car or a private area for a call or video session is much easier than driving to and from an office, especially in a busy city. It also means you can broaden your geographical search when looking for a therapist or coach to fit your needs! And if you’ve established a virtual method of meeting, you can still continue your work when traveling for business or on vacation—so the interruptions to growth are eliminated.
- A good therapist or coach translates in person, by phone, and via video.
Let’s not pretend that there isn’t an unspoken exchange of energy that happens in person, but a good therapist or coach is able to help you navigate you issues and reach goals no matter the medium. We don’t have to be face-to-face to provide support, strategy, and accountability!
- It may be our new normal.
It’s possible we will have interruptions in our way of living in the future, similar to what we’ve experienced with COVID-19. To give up personal growth and life goals is not an option, so we all must adapt. And that requires embracing a new approach to self-improvement and betterment. When teaching clients about meditation, we say, “one goal of meditation is to increase comfort with discomfort.” Being able to quickly adapt despite the discomfort is what makes a person “bullet proof.” Meeting virtually may feel uncomfortable initially, but it doesn’t have to be. Choosing to be open-minded about distance counseling and coaching is an opportunity to increase resilience by finding the comfort in discomfort. We don’t know what’s headed our way, but we can work to be as psychologically flexible as possible.
Want to find out more about how online counseling may be able to benefit you, or interested in making an appointment? Simply contact us here to make a virtual appointment today! We can offer online counseling to anyone in North Carolina!