Digital innovations are rapidly altering our daily lives. As health professionals we know that much has changed in our community over the past few years. Even before COVID, access to services for our clients here on the North-West Coast was difficult and wait times for therapy often long. Teletherapy is not new, but thanks to the changes in federal government funding and growing public acceptance is more widely available.

While I was initially was skeptical, in my practice I have found teletherapy a great option for clients who otherwise are unable to access therapy face-to-face, whether due to chronic illness, disability or living in a remote area. It allows for maximal flexibility for overworked and overcommitted clients who would benefit from services but are time poor. In our close-knit community, teletherapy protects privacy. People can engage without the awkward meeting of someone they know in the waiting room or parking lot. It cuts out the long, cold and often wet drive to and from appointments.

One of the biggest challenges facing prospective therapy is that initial appointment. In addition to sitting on the waitlist, finding the office and waiting anxiously, a big hurdle for many people is sticking with therapy. With teletherapy, it’s almost always in the comfort of your own home. You can have your cozy blanket, your cuddling pet and cuppa tea; all the things that make you feel at ease. What better start to therapy and opening up than in your safe space?

A growing body of research shows that outcomes in teletherapy are similar to face-to face therapy. All that’s needed is a secure internet connection and a quiet room.

Jezreel Besterwitch