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Would You Consider Therapy Over the Phone?

If you're feeling depressed and discussing your problems from your therapist's couch isn't an option, talking to a doc over the phone may be just as good.

In a recent study, 30 people diagnosed with depression participated in over-the-phone therapy sessions with 42 percent of them recovering after six months — almost the same recovery rate as in-person therapy patients.

I can see how this could be more convenient if you're out of town, but my initial reaction is that if I'm spending top dollar for therapy, I'd want it in person. Also, being in a therapist's office — away from the distractions of home, family, etc. — would seem to be beneficial for the process of truly relaxing and opening up.

What do you think?

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Finding the right therapist is actually a big part of therapy being effective. You get to know your therapist as much as they get to know you. I don't think that the phone would allow someone to really get to know the other person well enough to go through significant 'healing'.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 7 years
Any therapy is better than none. Some people may feel intimidated by going to a therapist or counselor. I think if a person could get some help over the phone, then they would feel more comfortable setting up an appointment to go in person. Also, sometimes there are situations where you need an objective opinion but not the long term care of a therapist.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
IMO if it's done on the phone the therapist would have to be at the top of their game and even then they're gonna be missing some things. Communication is not just the spoken word, it's body language and eye contact as well. These are key components that a therapist would be missing. I suppose now that video phone technology is becoming popular that would be an alternative option.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
any kind is better than none, I say.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I've only been an accessory in therapy (came to a session for someone else at the therapist's request), but I imagine that a one-on-one environment is better. Being able to open up about what you're feeling is something very human and looking into someone else's eye and telling them something is so much bigger than a telephone conversation.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I dunno. I don't really feel like therapy works for me, period, so I don't see how this would be any different. It could be nice if you're busy though.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
If I just needed some positive reinforcement or to learn some coping strategies, I'd go over the phone. But having been in therapy, I really think the in-person environment is best. My therapist was able to look at my face and respond to my expressions, and I think that helped.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i guess it depends on the severity of what you're in therapy for and your situation if you just need a shoulder to lean on and someone to vent to, i guess it would work i've never been to see a therapist, but like spacekatgal said, i'm sure the clinical environment is required if you truly have an issue that you need to overcome
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