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In-Person vs. Telehealth: Which is Right For You?

By: Ready Nest Intern, Ryann Christ


In today's fast-paced world, therapy has evolved beyond the traditional office setup. With the rise of technology, the choice between in-person therapy vs. teletherapy has become more accessible and personalized.


So how do you decide which one is right for you? In-person therapy or teletherapy? Let’s break it down.


First off, what is teletherapy?


Teletherapy, the delivery of therapeutic services virtually, offers a modern twist to the traditional therapy session. It can be done in a variety of communication methods, most commonly video calls. For some, the convenience of seeking therapy from the comfort of their own home is the perfect option. For others, the comfort of a therapist's neutral office setting is a better fit. The key is finding what works best for you and your needs.


Potential Advantages of In-Person Therapy:


Focus: In-person sessions can eliminate distractions, allowing you to concentrate fully on your therapy. If you're easily sidetracked by everyday life, for example, the stack of dishes in the sink or mail on the counter, a therapist's office might provide the focus you need.


Privacy: In either setting, your therapist will work to ensure your privacy and confidentiality on their end, but if you don’t have privacy at home, it may be more difficult to speak honestly and openly. Keep in mind if you have a partner who works from home, roommates or kids, that may take away from an open dialogue.


Trust: Building a trusting rapport with your therapist is vital for a successful therapeutic experience. Some individuals find face-to-face interactions more conducive to establishing this connection.


Technology-free: Not having to use technology may be a relief. You don’t have to question your internet reliability or navigate videoconference platforms.


Potential Advantages of Teletherapy:


Convenience: Teletherapy can allow you access to therapy from virtually (yes, pun intended) anywhere. This is a win for those living in remote areas or juggling busy schedules.


Accessibility: Barriers like location, transportation, and time constraints are minimized with teletherapy, making it an excellent option for those with logistical challenges.


Reduced Stigma: You may not feel comfortable walking into a clinician’s office. Teletherapy can alleviate that. If the idea of physical presence feels overwhelming, teletherapy might offer a more comfortable approach.


Caters to Mental Status: For those facing mental health challenges that hinder leaving the house, accessing therapy from home could be a game-changer.


It's worth noting that teletherapy has been proven as effective as in-person therapy in treating various concerns and diagnoses. However, if you require a higher level of care, or if you're interested in art, music, or play therapy, in-person sessions might be more suitable.


Regardless if you choose in-person therapy vs. teletherapy your therapist's goal is to provide a comfortable, safe, and effective environment. Whether that’s in a cozy office at Ready Nest Counseling or a virtual setting with contingency plans, your comfort is paramount. Remember to check in with yourself periodically – circumstances change, and so do preferences. If something isn't working, don't hesitate to collaborate with your therapist on finding a solution.


If you’ve chosen In-Person Therapy, you may want to revisit the following:

  • Have there been changes to my schedule or location that make getting to or scheduling therapy sessions difficult?

  • Am I comfortable getting to and being in my therapist’s office?

  • Does getting to and being in my therapist’s office feel manageable?


If you’ve chosen Teletherapy, you may want to revisit the following:

  • Do I feel like it’s difficult to avoid at-home distractions? Does this keep me from staying present in my sessions?

  • Is my privacy limited during sessions? Does this inhibit my ability to be open and honest?

  • Am I building a trusting relationship with my therapist despite not meeting face-to-face?

  • Does my internet connection or confidence with Zoom interfere with my therapy sessions?

Choosing between in-person therapy vs. teletherapy is a decision only you can make. Both paths hold the potential for transformative growth, healing, and self-discovery. Ready Nest is here to guide you on whichever journey resonates with you, ensuring that your experience is both meaningful and fulfilling.


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If you find yourself in need of professional help, don't hesitate to reach out to us and schedule a session. Our dedicated team at Ready Nest Counseling is here to help you navigate life's challenges and transitions with care and compassion. Whether you're experiencing difficulties related to conception, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, loss, parenting, or relationships our therapists are ready to support you. We offer both in-person and virtual therapy. Schedule a therapy session with us today and take the first step towards a healthier you. Remember, you don't have to face it alone – we're here for you.



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