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How does Online Therapy work?

benefits and challenges of online therapy

If you consider to engaging in online therapy, read the Benefits and Challenges before you sign up

Benefits of Online Therapy

  • Virtual methods can be as effective as face-to-face therapy 

  • Reduces feelings of shame, creates more openness,  and decreases self-consciousness related to the body

  • Allows for flexibility, easier and confidential access of services

  • Allows for continuity when away, on vacation or travelling for work

  • Clients with social phobias have the ability to access services from home

  • Artwork can be created in sessions, as well as in between sessions​

  • ​Accessibility – removes barriers for those with medical conditions, or unable to travel

Challenges of Online Therapy

  • Sometimes it might be harder to connect to your therapist

  • It is harder to give and receive warmth

  • More difficult to read non-verbal cues

  • More descriptive language might have to be used to account for potential misinterpretation and misunderstanding. Clarifications might have to be provided.

  • The client's expression might be limited by the client’s access to art materials.

  • Technology is sometimes unreliable, troubleshooting might interrupt the session

  • Risk of cyberattacks, the vulnerability of data.

  • ​Potential for boundary violations. Sometimes it is hard to define relationships when talking about difficult things in your own home.

  • Social media boundaries.

  • ​Client's preference for face-to-face therapy.

  • ​Barriers in communication due to disability.

  • Complex client's needs may need additional supports

  • ​Working with child clients requires an adult to facilitate the process at their location – train the adult to support the child’s therapeutic needs


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Crisis Resources

~ If you are in crisis or need someone to talk to immediately, please go to the WORLDWIDE crisis line:

~ If you are in CANADA visit: or call: 1.833.456.4566 or text 45645

~ CANADA KIDS Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 for 24/7 support 

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