The Benefits Of Online Therapy And Why Online Counselor Jobs Are Becoming So Popular

Medically reviewed by Julie Dodson, MA
Updated April 25, 2024by Regain Editorial Team

In recent years, online therapy has experienced a remarkable surge in popularity. With continual advancements in technology and internet connectivity, individuals are now able to receive therapy conveniently and comfortably from the safety of their own homes. 

Virtual mental health support has not only revolutionized the way individuals access treatment, but the way therapists provide it. In this article, we will explore the benefits of receiving online therapy as well as the benefits of becoming an online therapist. 

The benefits of online therapy

In recent years, a combination of research, activism and increased awareness has highlighted the importance of mental health and well-being. As online therapy platforms such as BetterHelp continue to push for more inclusive, convenient and affordable mental healthcare, the benefits of online therapy have become more apparent. 

For many people, scheduling and cost barriers have created stress or discouragement surrounding the idea of seeking therapy. Aside from generally lower costs compared to in-person therapy, online therapy offers far-ranging flexibility when it comes to scheduling. Along with ease, convenience, and cost-effectiveness, online therapy expands access to individuals in remote areas or those with limited mobility.

Additionally, online therapy has been proven to provide quality care, with research showing it is equally as effective as in-person therapy for both individuals and couples.

As mental health awareness continues to grow, online therapy platforms are working to bring convenience, cost effectiveness and ease to receiving quality mental health care.

The benefits of being an online therapist

According to Forbes magazine, the job outlook for psychology and mental health related careers is expected to grow by 8% by 2030. For those with an authentic passion for the study of psychology and the act of helping others, a career in therapy can be rewarding and meaningful.

When seeking online therapy positions, most reputable platforms will require providers to be fully licensed by their state board, holding a state-issued license such as LCSW, LMFT, LPC, or Psy.D. Generally, this type of licensing will require an aspiring practitioner to obtain a bachelor's degree, followed by a master's degree and/or doctoral degree.

Online therapy and counseling positions offer a number of benefits including more flexibility in terms of their client base along with the potential to reach clients from different regions, both of which can have a positive impact on earning potential. Additionally, practicing online therapy eliminates a number of hassles that in-person practitioners may face, including inconvenient office locations, tedious commutes and rigid work hours.

Furthermore, scheduling sessions with clients tends to be more streamlined, as online therapy sessions eliminate the need for commuting and can be administered and received anywhere. In many cases, becoming an online therapist opens up a practitioner's personal calendar, creating flexibility and a stronger sense of work-life balance. 

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As online therapy services continue to improve and expand, access to quality mental health care has never been more available. Whether you are seeking a more convenient therapy option or considering a career as a therapist, there is a wide range benefit to exploring your online options.

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