Whatever your location in Australia, finding the right psychologist should not just be a matter of typing “psychologist near me” into your search engine or leaving it to chance. Telehealth psychologists can ensure you find the right help where and when you need it.
Over the past two decades, there has been a steady increase in the use of mental health care and online psychological services. Of course, this went up exponentially during COVID when almost everyone switched over to telehealth services. But apart from its ease of use, is telemental health as effective as in-person treatment? The research says yes.
Multiple studies have found that telehealth can provide very effective treatment in the care of mental health - just as effective as face-to-face treatment. And these studies showed that telehealth psychological services sometimes have certain advantages over face-to-face treatments.
There is a huge range of benefits for people using telehealth services. The most obvious is safety during the pandemic. It also allows access to isolated individuals through remote therapy. So even if people need to self-isolate, live in remote areas, or just don’t want to leave the house, they can still access psychology services and receive psychological counselling from mental health professionals.
As well as better access to healthcare, psychology telehealth can often offer reduced waiting times, leading to faster diagnosis and appropriate treatment. It affords flexibility and consequently, the ability to extend more services to more people. So the science is in - telehealth is a great option.
But how do you find the best telehealth psychologist in Australia to meet your individual needs?
The relationship between you and your chosen virtual psychologist can have a huge impact on the success of your therapy. There are a number of things you should consider when choosing an online therapist and there are a number of factors that influence the client-therapist relationship.
When seeking quality care, the first thing is to check that the registered or clinical psychologist of your choice is qualified and accredited with a professional association such as the Australian Psychological Society (APS). You’ll need to think about what you need or want from your relationship with your new online psychologist. And keep in mind that just because a friend may have recommended a mental health professional, doesn’t ever mean that they will be the correct person for you too.
Other factors to consider might include gender, age, or cultural background. Finding out a little about the psychology professional’s therapeutic approach or personal attitudes may also help you to connect more strongly with your online therapist. It is also worth noting the availability of a mental health psychologist. Later, it may not be possible to have to wait 6 months to see a special psychologist to address an urgent mental health or relationship issue.
Psychologists have a vast array of differing skills, experience, and areas of expertise, so it pays to do a little research when choosing the right telehealth psychologist. But when the relationship between client and therapist is a good fit, real change and healing can take place.
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