Online Therapy & Teletherapy in Seattle, WA
An Unexpected But Welcomed Option
For most clients seeking individual, relationship, or couples counseling in Seattle, and really all of Washington State, having therapy sessions online rather than in-person just wasn't their first choice when the pandemic hit. When Covid shocked us all and we were forced to quickly pivot to providing online-only therapy, it wasn't our preferred way to conduct therapy either! We knew that we loved seeing our clients in our offices and had conducted therapy in no other way than face-to-face, so we just assumed that helping people through the computer wouldn't quite work the same.
But you know what happened? Most therapists, and their clients, quickly realized that the online format actually worked just fine. Yes, it was an adjustment for everyone at first, but we all learned within just a few weeks of the pandemic that not only did this approach suffice, it even had some advantages. And what we know now is that many people who initially wished to see their therapist in person––and soon can, thanks to vaccination––prefer to continue with the telehealth format.
As the public transitions into having the option of in-person therapy, and as five of our therapists - Lisa, Corey, Sara, and Hanna - will be providing in-person and telehealth, we encourage you to be open to working with the two of us - Mary-Lynn, Bill, and Justin - who will remain as telehealth-only therapists.
Benefits of Online Therapy
It may surprise you (as it surprised us!) that many clients favor the online therapy approach. Some significant benefits of online counseling in Seattle include:
- Flexibility – You can schedule sessions around your work, school, or family responsibilities.
- Accessibility – Online therapy can help you overcome barriers that may preclude others from seeking therapy.
- Convenience – No waiting in Seattle traffic, and no need to be near our Seattle office
- Openness – Some people may feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and other concerns online instead of in person.
- Privacy – Online counseling allows people to access therapy with more privacy.
- Comfort – Some people prefer the comfort and convenience of meeting with their therapist from their own homes.
Additionally, and importantly, research comparing in-person with video therapy sessions has found both to be equally effective for a range of different clinical concerns.
Teletherapy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
By now, most of us have become accustomed to using Facetime or Zoom for personal or professional meetings. Most therapists, including us, use a HIPAA-compliant secure online platform for all of our telehealth meetings that works the same way. You never need to worry about your privacy being compromised, and we make it easy for you to log into your sessions, either by computer, laptop, phone, or tablet.
In March 2020, the therapists at Clarity successfully transitioned to online counseling for the over 100 clients our group helps each week and have known for a long time now that teletherapy works well. It may take a little getting used to at first––as can in-person therapy––but it's pretty comparable to in-person sessions.
Online Counseling in Seattle and all of Washington State Is Available Today
Many common reasons people seek therapy can be treated through online therapy. So whether you prefer in-person counseling or choose teletherapy, please get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help. We're very much here for you during these difficult times, and help is just a few clicks away.