Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day~ a day in which people with and without disabilities blog about disablism and varying views as well as the linguistics and semantics of disability.
At the Online Therapy Institute we are constantly recognizing that online therapy, etherapy, telehealth, telepsychiatry, mhealth and all of the other descriptors of providing intervention via technology, is a a way for people with disabilities to receive services. Online Therapy becomes another choice or perhaps the only choice when one that did not exist before.
Perhaps a person has mental health issues and has been hesitant to reach out for assistance because of fear or embarrassment. Online Therapy provides a certain amount of “anonymity” by engaging in text-based interventions such as chat or email. Perhaps a person has mobility concerns and cannot get to a therapist’s office. Online Therapy provides a way for that person to receive services at home. And maybe someone wants to reach out but there is no one in the local community with expertise or appointment openings.
These are but a few reasons why people may choose online therapy as a viable alternative to in-person therapy.
If you are a helping professional, consider this when questioning whether or not online therapy is a viable option for potential clients.