Get Telephone Counselling When And Where You Need It
Updated June 17, 2019
Reviewer Stephanie Chupein
Whether we like it or not, our mood and state of mind change throughout the days and weeks. This is, at best, only partly under your control: events at work, with your family or even just purely random occurrences can leave you feeling anxious, depressed or otherwise at less than peak form. If this is a frequent problem in your life, you should consider subscribing to a telephone counseling service.
What Telephone Counseling Can Do for You
Just because events aren't always under your control doesn't mean that you have to passively accept how they make you feel. There are some things you can do in order to regulate your emotions if only to avoid transferring your frustration onto your loved ones.
Telephone counseling is part of the wider field of telepsychiatry, which can also include elements such as text chat or video conferencing. It's something nearly anyone can benefit from, not only those suffering from serious mental health issues such as chronic anxiety or clinical depression.
Subscribing to such a service is quite inexpensive and gives you access to a qualified, licensed counselor at any time of the day or night. Whenever you hit a rocky patch and need some objective advice, support and someone who can provide a little perspective on life's events, they will be there for you.
Typically, you'll be assigned to a particular therapist who will keep track of your progress and history. If the first mental health professional you're put in touch with doesn't suit you for whatever reason, requesting a different counselor is no problem at all.
Why telephone counseling may be right for you
While many of the benefits of telephone counseling are the same benefits that you would receive from in-person counseling there are some benefits that you can only experience through this option or similar options like online counseling.
Being able to avoid public stigma
There is a social stigma that surrounds mental illness and mental health. Too many people in society have watched movies like Sybil and then formed inaccurate opinions about those that struggle with mental health challenges. They start to use labels for people seeing therapists such as "crazy", "insane", or "weak". Even people that suffer from more "minor' mental health challenges such as anxiety disorder and depression can be faced with these labels.
The stigma is something that many people are aware of even if they don't realize it. That's why people are so nosy when they find out that someone is seeing a therapist. They want to know what the problem is because they aren't sure if they should be worried about being around the other person.
People that are struggling with challenges with their mental health can experience deep seeded shame because of this stigma. The shame stops them from getting the help that they need which causes them to spiral further down.
When people can use telephone counseling services they don't have to go into an office and face others finding out about their appointments.
Easy to access
Most people have easy access to a telephone these days. However, not everyone has easy access to getting in to sit down face to face with a therapist for many different reasons. Some of the reasons that people aren't able to see a counselor in their office include physical disabilities. If the patient is unable to drive and don't have someone that is able to take them when they need to go, they may have no way of making an in-office appointment.
But even if people can drive there it doesn't mean it's easy to do so. For example, a stay at home mom with young children may not be able to find a babysitter that is available or that she can afford to stay with her children while she goes to a counseling appointment. However, she can schedule a telephone session during nap time and not have to worry about leaving the house at all.
Between having a personal life and business life to balance it can be difficult to get in to see a therapist for regular appointments. However, for people with mental health challenges, this can be exactly what they need. If you wait too long in between appointment it can be hard to maintain any type of momentum in working to get to the root of the problem and finding a treatment plan to help you on the road to recovery.
You can do it from anywhere
Well actually, you can have your telephone counseling session from anywhere that you have access to a phone. That means you can be sitting in your car during your lunch break at work, on the beach while on vacation with your family, or crying in the closet of your bedroom when you just don't know how to keep going at the moment. You literally have access to help in the moments when you need it most.
It's more affordable
In person sessions, especially those at private practices can be expensive. Paying for a telephone counseling service is a lot more affordable which can allow you the chance to get the help you need. When you have to pay hundreds of dollars for each appointment it can be discouraging because you might only be able to afford a limited number of appointments. However, with a more affordable option you could get the help you need each time you need it.
Additional Benefits of Telephone Counseling
You may be wondering why some qualified mental health counselors and psychologists prefer to work online rather than renting an office to offer their services from. Well, just like other people, mental health professionals also have children, retire or prefer to work from home for other reasons.
Telepsychiatry allows them the freedom to do so while still providing a valuable service to those in need - in fact, research suggests that counseling over the telephone or by text chat can be just as effective as face to face therapy sessions.
Aside from helping a person through life's inevitable rocky spots, psychotherapy can help to improve your life and relationships when things really take a turn for the worse. Most people will suffer from some form of mental illness or distress during their lifetimes, and having support on tap can significantly reduce both the severity and intensity of such episodes.
As technology continues to develop our access to medical care for both our physical and mental health continue to expand as well. While you might be hesitant to try it because it's a different concept than what you are used to there are many benefits and reasons why you should give it a try.
Whether you need it urgently or just can do better with it, a subscription to a telephone counseling service is certainly worth having at the time when you need it.