If you have a busy schedule, work long hours, travel or juggle lots of responsibilities as a parent, it can be much more convenient to see an online psychologist. Appointments with an online psychologist eliminate travel time, take away the hassle of parking and can also be scheduled at a time that suits you.
Access to suitable psychologists
Online psychology allows you to access the expertise and experience of psychologists across Australia, rather than just those in your local area. If you are looking for assistance in a particular language other than English or in a specific area like eating disorders or couples counselling, in certain parts of Australia there may not be psychologists with experience with these issues – but online psychology allows you to access these services wherever you are around the country.
If you are from a rural or regional area, there may be long waiting lists to see psychologists in your area and less psychologists to choose from. You might actually even know the psychologists or be an acquaintance. Online psychology allows you to work with a psychologist anywhere around Australia, while maintaining your anonymity.
Increased access to services
Some clients are not able to attend face to face therapy because of physical limitations and/or because the psychology clinic is not set up to be wheelchair accessible. Certain mental health issues, such as agoraphobia, can also make it challenging to leave home. Online psychology appointments can remove these barriers to treatment. New parents or elderly people might also find it easier to access services from home.
Increased sense of trust and safety
Some clients report feeling that they are able to be more open when working with an online psychologist, because this format allows them to discuss issues that they may not have felt able to face to face. Of course, this is not every clients experience, but it is a benefit noted by some.