• Gordon Gooding, LCSW

Benefits of Teletherapy



A lot of us know the comfort that comes from our regular therapy session. Counseling is an important part of many people’s routines and can lead to improved communication and interpersonal skills, greater self-acceptance and self-esteem, more ability to change self-defeating behaviors, better expression and management of emotions, relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions and increased confidence and decision-making skills.

These last few weeks have been rough. With the orders to stay at home, it’s been difficult for a lot of folks to get the support they want and need. Luckily, there’s a solution: Did you know you can speak to a therapist securely and confidentially from the comfort of your own home? Well with the wonders of technology, now you can!

Teletherapy allows people to get mental health treatment at home without risking the spread of infection during epidemics and pandemics. It’s even beneficial when there’s not a global pandemic!

Why Teletherapy?

Teletherapy is safe & private Teletherapy is a modern, safe, and private way to conduct counseling sessions. You can do it in your pajamas, with your cozy blanket and a cup of coffee or tea. From the safety and security of your own space, technology now allows us to connect with a therapist without concern of having to explain ourselves if we see someone unexpected.  Being in your own personal setting instead of an office could help you to open up and feel less anxious in your session. 

Teletherapy is easy to access.  Teletherapy makes things easier especially for people with very busy schedules, single parents without childcare and for disabled people. With today’s hectic schedules and childcare issues, many people feel they don’t have the time to fit therapy in or don’t have anyone to watch their children while they get the support they need.  With teletherapy, clients can have sessions when their children are down for naps or after their children have gone to bed.  People who are bedridden or have chronic illness are also perfect candidates for online treatment options.

Teletherapy provides flexibility.  Many clients prefer to come in and meet with your therapist face to face, but at times are unable to get into a physical office.  As opposed to skipping weeks and losing the momentum of treatment, teletherapy can be a great option to continue the work in therapy while you are out of town, stuck at home, in difficult weather conditions or even in times of family crisis.

Teletherapy can save time.  Many times when you “click” with the right therapist it is a great feeling.  Unfortunately, sometimes that therapist you are “clicking” with is several towns away and here on Long Island that can be quite the commute, depending on the time of day. If you have the time to commit to therapy, but not time for the 35 minute drive before and after, teletherapy could be the perfect solution.  

Teletherapy can improve access to treatment.  For many, finding the same time each week while managing a business or family can be an overwhelming task.  As opposed to taking off from work and driving to your therapist’s office in the middle of the day, you can set up a teletherapy appointment on your lunch hour or break.  This can reduce your stress and give you the support you need while providing you with more time to take care of the many responsibilities we all have.

If you feel like you need to talk to someone, teletherapy can be a great place to start. Remember, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires therapists to protect their clients’ privacy. Unsecure chat and video messenger services may expose sensitive data, so clients should always make sure to work only with therapists who use secure connections and encrypt data. Gooding Wellness offers secure, private and comprehensive teletherapy sessions that can help with a wide range of issues and circumstances. 

Be good to yourself and try teletherapy with Gooding Wellness today!



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