Is Video Counseling For You?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, video counseling has become a necessary and effective way to provide counseling services. The MCPS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) now offers telephone and video counseling, as do many private therapists covered under insurance plans. Here are some of the pros and cons of remote counseling:
Flexibility: You can be seen wherever you are, whether at home or away.
Travel Time: You’re able to avoid the time and hassle of commuting to a therapist’s office.
Reduces physical obstacles: It’s easier for those with physical limitations, such as a physical disability, medical problems, injuries or for those who are unable to leave their home.
Child and other dependent care: If you need to be at home to care for a child or a parent, you don’t need to leave home.
Good for people with social anxiety: It can be particularly useful for those who get nervous with face-to-face interactions.
Some people need or prefer direct face-to-face contact: For some, remote counseling is not sufficient. It’s harder for them to connect without the in-person experience of body language and tone.
Remote counseling is not sufficient for severe mental health issues: Especially in cases of psychosis, addiction or threats to self or others, in-person care from an individual or a facility is a more appropriate and safer way to receive therapy.
At some point, traditional face-to-face counseling will return as a regular option in both the EAP and private practitioner settings. But for now, the remote counseling option is available and could be beneficial to you or your family members if there are issues that are interfering with the ability to cope with or enjoy life.
If you have questions about remote counseling or would like to set up an appointment, give EAP a call at 240-314-1040 or email the EAP specialists directly—Robyn Rosenbauer or Jeff Becker. The EAP is confidential and here to support you and your family.