Online Therapy in Florida: The Benefits of Accessible, Convenient, & Flexible Counseling
Have you wanted to see a therapist but are holding off because you just don’t think it’s the right time right now? Maybe you’re a student getting ready to move to college. Perhaps you’re a busy professional waiting until your schedule becomes a bit less hectic. Or, you might just be intimidated by the idea of therapy.
It seems that people are talking about the importance of mental health and therapy more and more these days. Yet, not many people acknowledge that there are often many barriers to starting (and sticking with) therapy.
At The Mindful Practice, we want to make it easier to prioritize your mental health and access quality mental health care. That’s why we offer online therapy in addition to in-person sessions. It’s an accessible, flexible, and convenient form of therapy that is effective in treating a range of mental health concerns. And it might be just what you need to start prioritizing your mental health.
Online therapy makes mental health care more accessible.
Accessibility is an incredibly important consideration when it comes to mental health care since mental health care should be accessible to everyone. However, there are many barriers that get in the way of finding a great therapist in your area. In many rural communities, there aren’t a great number of therapists available to choose from. Especially if you’re looking for a therapist that specializes in a specific mental health concern or offers a specific form of therapy, such as EMDR therapy for trauma.
Through teletherapy, you can work with an experienced and skilled therapist from anywhere in the state of Florida.
Whether you’re located just outside of Orlando or near Jacksonville, you can work with a member of our team that’s the right fit for you. This means that no matter where you’re located in the state, you or your teen can see an online therapist in Florida that meets your unique needs.
This also means that if you’re planning on moving within the state of Florida, you won’t have to worry about finding a new therapist.
We know that it takes time to find a therapist that’s the right fit. And then it takes time to build trust with them and make progress in therapy. So stopping your work together to find a new therapist in a new city can be really discouraging. But with online therapy, you can continue to work with your same therapist if you move somewhere else in the state.
So if you’re a college student moving to attend UCF or Rollins, you can have the support of your therapist as you navigate the life transitions of young adulthood. Or, if you’re moving to Miami for work, you won’t need to worry about adding “find a new therapist” to your list of things to do. You can continue working with the therapist that you’ve built a relationship with through the different phases and challenges of your life.
Online therapy also makes it easier to “access” therapy by helping you ease into it.
Let’s be honest, it can be a bit scary to open up to someone new and tell them about the challenges in your life. Whether you’re looking to process the loss of a loved one, heal from trauma, or work through anxiety. It can be a bit nerve-wracking at first. For some, the idea of this can be so intimidating that they don’t ever see a therapist.
However, online therapy allows you to see a therapist from the comfort of your home, which can make easing into therapy well, easier.
You can find a comfortable spot in your house, have your favorite sweatpants on, and even your pet sitting in your lap. Being in a safe and comfortable environment can take some of the stress out of therapy.
This is especially true for those struggling with getting out of the house due to their mental health.
We’re therapists, so we know that anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, all of these things can make it hard to leave your house sometimes. Now, we’re not saying that you should avoid your fears and stay in the comfort of your home forever. In fact, one of your goals in therapy would probably be to overcome this fear and discomfort.
However, online therapy can help you take the first step and start therapy from the comfort of your home so you can begin to work through those challenges. And with time, you may even decide to come into our office in Winterpark, FL for your sessions eventually.
But online therapy is not just about making it easier to access mental health care. It’s also a great way to work on practical skills in your everyday environment.
When you’re seeing a therapist in person, it can be difficult to practice the things you’re learning in therapy when you leave the office. See, therapist’s offices are generally meant to be a relaxing and peaceful environment. There isn’t any clutter, it’s quiet, and it’s a space that’s just for you and your therapist to focus on your mental health.
But life isn’t necessarily like that. And because of this, you may have trouble applying the skills you learn in therapy in the more stressful environment of your everyday life. Through online therapy, you can work on these practical skills in the environment where you’re actually going to need them.
You can practice mindfulness in your living room, coping skills for anxiety in your home office, or relaxation techniques in your bedroom. You can work on these skills in the place where you’ll need them most, wherever you choose to set up your computer and meet for your online sessions. Which also helps you create a routine for naturally using these skills in your everyday life.
Having therapy sessions in the place of your choosing also makes online therapy incredibly flexible.
We know that college classes, busy work schedules, and being a parent can all make scheduling therapy appointments a big challenge. And when you do find time for an appointment, things can pop up.
You might look at your phone and realize that traffic has caused a major delay in getting to your session, and traffic can certainly get bad here in Winterpark, FL. Or, you might feel a bit anxious driving in the pouring rain. Maybe you’ve been exposed to someone with Covid-19, or you yourself have tested positive and need to isolate.
Life is unpredictable, but the flexibility of online therapy can help you work around these challenges.
With online therapy, you can log on to your appointment in minutes without having to think about rush hour traffic, slick roads, or waiting in a lobby. Scheduling your sessions online means that you really only have to plan for the time of your session. Which makes fitting therapy into a busy schedule simpler!
This is especially true for parents of teens who are juggling multiple schedules.
Picking your teen up, driving them to their session, waiting in the lobby for about an hour, and potentially having to take off work is just not an option for every parent. With teletherapy, your teen can talk to their therapist from a private place at home, which means fewer interruptions in your day.
Between the flexibility and accessibility of online therapy, for many, it’s a more convenient option.
Maybe none of these challenges really resonated with you. Perhaps you have a flexible schedule, enjoy long drives, and don’t mind waiting in a lobby. Some people simply choose online therapy because it’s convenient. It’s easy! A couple of clicks and you can see your therapist, process the challenges in your life, and find healing in the comfort of your home.
With less time spent on traveling to and from appointments, teletherapy can give you more time to focus on the other things that are important to you.
You’ll have that extra time to journal before your session, decompress afterward, and maybe even have time for a walk before the next thing you have planned for the day. Online therapy sessions can give you more time in your day, without sacrificing the quality of your mental health care.
Because Teletherapy is truly an effective form of therapy.
When online therapy first became an option, some people were skeptical. They weren’t sure if it was going to be as successful as in-person therapy. But as a team of therapists that offers both online and in-person sessions, we can confidently say that this isn’t true. Teletherapy has been shown to be just as effective as in-person therapy for many mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and trauma.
From mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to EMDR, our therapists can offer you the same level of care online as in person. As therapists, our top priority is delivering quality care to our clients. We wouldn’t offer online therapy if we didn’t know that it worked, but we’ve seen it work firsthand. We’ve worked with countless clients online and in person, and we know that online therapy is an effective form of care.
However, we understand that online therapy isn’t for everyone.
Despite the flexibility, convenience, and effectiveness of online therapy, it’s simply not for everyone. Some people just prefer coming to a therapist’s office and having their session in person. That’s okay! That’s why most of our therapists offer in-person sessions in addition to online options. We have an office located in Winterpark, FL so we can meet with our clients in person there as well.
You know yourself best. While our therapists will work with you to find an option that’s best for your unique needs, we trust you to know what will work best for you. If that means seeing you for an in-person session, then that’s what we’ll do!
For some, that also means offering a hybrid of virtual and in-person therapy sessions.
While not every therapist at our practice offers both in-person and online sessions, many do! So if you think that you want a hybrid of both, we may be able to accommodate it. Whether that’s because you prefer in-person sessions but do a lot of traveling for work, or want to ease into therapy online and work your way to in-person sessions.
We’ll work with you to create a care plan that will best support your mental health needs. Simply talk to your therapist and see what they have the ability to offer.
The bottom line is this: we want to make sure that you’re getting the care that you need, and we’ll do whatever we can to make that happen. No matter what your unique needs are, we have an online therapist on our team that can meet you where you’re at.
Begin Working with an Online Therapist in Florida
If you are looking for online therapy in Florida, we hope that you’ll find that The Mindful Practice is a great resource. Our therapists offer teletherapy that is convenient, accessible, and flexible. You can see a therapist from anywhere in the state, and if you move for school or work, you won’t have to switch therapists.
Teletherapy is perfect for busy professionals, parents, and college students. It is also an effective form of therapy for anxiety, depression, grief, and more. If online therapy isn’t right for you, don’t worry! We also offer in-person therapy at our office located in Winterpark, FL.
To learn more about our online therapy services and get set up with a member of our team, you can follow these steps: