What is happening now as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic was seemingly unimaginable just a few short weeks ago. Who could have predicted that in such a short period of time, life as we knew it would grind to a screeching halt?
Since the shutdown of most Long Island schools, businesses and organizations, as well as the increasing social distancing measures, people are struggling. Some common concerns felt by an increasing number of people include:
- Anxiety about the health of your loved ones and yourself, as well as the impact on community’s schools, local businesses, and civic organizations.
- Feelings of withdrawal and isolation from others.
- Depression resulting from the halt in normal life and routines.
- Stress from balancing working from home, helping your children adjust to the changes, and finding the time and energy for self-care.
- Feeling obsessed about washing hands, cleaning, and other protective measures to keep everyone you love safe.
- Children who were experiencing difficulties in school are now expected to learn and complete assignments without the traditional support of teachers and support staff.
It feels like we are under pressure that no one has ever experienced before. What’s important to note is that understanding, compassion, and help are available for you and your family during this very difficult time. Even though you may not be able to get this support in the traditional face-to-face setting, it’s out there.
This is uncharted territory for all of us, and we are in this together. If you are struggling it might feel like there is nowhere to turn for help. With recommendations or even orders to stay home, what can you do to get the help you or a family member needs?
The same therapy that offers a calm and safe space to receive the support you need can be found through teletherapy. It might sound like an invention born from the current health crisis, but the truth is - online therapy sessions have been around for years.
Let’s take a look at what teletherapy is and how virtual sessions might be able to help your family through this unprecedented time in history.
Teletherapy is a traditional mode of therapy that is conducted through video chatting or over the phone instead of in an office setting. It has been shown to be effective in helping people learn how to handle difficult emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and situations in their lives, with the flexibility of location and scheduling.
People have the opportunity to work on what is troubling them through teletherapy, without having to leave home, rearrange their schedule, or find someone to care for children or an ill family member. If proximity is an issue, virtual therapy allows you to find the right therapist to work with, even if that therapist’s office is too far away to travel to regularly.
HOW TO MEET THE CURRENT CHALLENGES WE FACE
Through therapy sessions conducted over video or phone, people have been able to learn effective ways of handling issues such as anxiety, loneliness, stress, depression, and adjustment to working or being schooled at home.
By learning the techniques of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, they have found stability, rebuilt routines, establish deeper connections, developed a healthier and more flexible mindset, become more resilient, and even become a better support to their friends and family to help them get through uncertain times.
Teletherapy allows us to work together to get through this crisis without having to be in the same room, or even in Nassau County.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT TELETHERAPY
A FINAL WORD ON TELETHERAPY
For most people, in traditional circumstances, face-to-face CBT therapy is ideal. However, there are many reasons for the necessity of teletherapy. With more and more people being asked to stay at home, working with a psychologist virtually has become a must for many people.
Despite any worry you have regarding the effectiveness of teletherapy versus traditional therapy, know that no amount of initial discomfort is worth withholding treatment. We can work together to make sure that you get the most from the experience.