Positive mental health is essential for being self-aware, maintaining productivity, personal and professional development, and decision-making. With the help of mental health professionals, Therapy can help you achieve all that. Initially, these sessions were conducted in a face-to-face setting, but after the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a sudden rise in virtual therapy sessions, and they will continue to grow in upcoming years.

Sigmund Freud (the father of Psychoanalysis) devoted much of his time to studying human behavior and developing psychoanalysis techniques. In the 1890s, he proposed the first theory of personality, in which he stated that the human mind is influenced by unsettled childhood struggles, which shape us as adults.

The following text will delve deeper into virtual Therapy’s history, types, and benefits.

A Brief History of Virtual Mental Health Therapy

Identifying the exact origin of virtual Therapy can be difficult as it has been a goal for people since the dawn of time. But if we talk about virtual therapy sessions through mobile phones, it is believed that people were using telephones as a means of communication to provide mental health therapy sessions in the 1960s. Although Sigmund Freud (in the 1890s) is believed to have exchanged letters with his patients to provide them assistance, it was not being performed virtually at the time.

What to Expect When Going for a Virtual Therapy Session?

  • It can be a little uneasy in the beginning if you’re not used to being vulnerable and divulging into mental health talks.
  • It can be overwhelming for some, requiring you to talk about your feelings. Be open to the transmission of dialogues.
  • Patience is the key. You can’t get over something that has been tormenting you all your life in a day. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Healing takes time.

Virtual Therapy Sessions are meant to heal your body, mind, and soul. Listen to your therapist. Follow the instructions given by them on a daily basis.

Types of Virtual Therapy

  • Virtual Physiotherapy: It involves physical exercises in the comfort of your home. A physiotherapist will guide you through every step of the way. You can do it with the help of an app that allows you to share your screen, and your physiotherapist will evaluate your performance and provide you with feedback.
  • Virtual Speech Therapy: Virtual Speech Therapy focuses on speech problems like pronunciation difficulties
  • Virtual Psychotherapy: It’s also known as teletherapy and online Therapy. It can be done using computers, smartphones and tablets through phone calls, text messaging, and videoconferencing. Sometimes, a patient might be uncomfortable sharing his face with the camera. In this case, they may opt for text-based virtual therapy sessions. It’s confidential, and you can access it anywhere worldwide.

Following mentioned mental health therapy sessions can be provided virtually:

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy):

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps with automatic negative thoughts (ANT). The human brain can perform incredible actions, like having 60-70,000 thoughts daily. And 90% of these thoughts are repetitive and harmful. In ANT, patients can experience repetitive negative thoughts like overgeneralizing and making negative interpretations without any reason. You can start imagining things that are not there. And once you become habitual, it is tough to break the cycle. CBT may help you get a hold of your negative thoughts.

Emotionally Focused Therapy:

EFT is performed to help people dealing with severe depression, attachment issues, addiction, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), etc. For example, a person finds it hard to bond with people because of something that has happened in the past. In EFT, the therapist will help him regulate his emotions in the right direction.

How Can You Initiate?

  1. Perform thorough research to find a therapist who fits your criteria. You can start by searching online for a therapist nearby who offers virtual therapy sessions.
  2. Make sure your therapist is certified and has a proper ID.
  3. Enquire about the prices.
  4. Book an introductory session to get started.

Benefits of Virtual Therapy Sessions

Convenience In this fast-paced world, online therapy sessions have made it very convenient for people to get help without disrupting their everyday lives.

  • Affordability- Virtual mental therapy sessions cost less than in-person Therapy, saving extra travel costs.
  • Privacy-Virtual sessions offer a more private and intimate setting as you can choose a place of your liking and comfort.
  • Time Management- Virtual Therapy sessions have more chances of completion than in-person therapy sessions. It saves you a lot of time, allowing you to focus on other productive tasks.

“A layman will no doubt find it hard to understand how pathological disorders of the body and mind can be eliminated by ”mere” words. He will feel that he is being asked to believe in magic.” -Sigmund Freud.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1- Is Virtual Therapy as effective as In-Person Therapy?

Ans.- It has been reported that if you are seeking virtual therapy sessions for light to moderate mental health issues, it can be proven as effective as In-Person therapy sessions.

Q.2- Is a Virtual Therapy session appropriate for children?

Ans.-Yes, virtual therapy sessions are helpful for children. It can be effective with anxiety, depression and anger issues.

Q.3- How do I determine if virtual Therapy is effective?

Ans.- It has been effective if you notice a mild to significant positive change in your behavior and better bonding with your loved ones.

Q.4-Does Virtual Therapy Sessions for Mental Health come with an insurance plan?

Ans.- Many platforms accept insurance plans for online therapy sessions.