Text-based therapy involves interacting with a therapist through a HIPPA compliant commercial service provider. People send text messages to their therapists/coach as an alternative to scheduling in-person appointments. Therapists respond back to clients accordingly via texts, which is a form of cost-effective online counseling with many benefits where clients feel more open and comfortable. Here are some of the many benefits of text-based therapy.
Online counseling/coaching is convenient and affordable. People can attend text-based therapy sessions from the comfort of their homes. This is exceptionally beneficial for those who live in remote areas, especially if they do not have access to other mental health treatments because there are no practices located nearby.
Online counseling/coaching provides support to clients who are housebound or have disabilities. If a person is unable to leave home for many reasons, including physical or mental illnesses, they can still get treatment through text-based therapy.
Text interactions between therapists/coaches and clients allow both parties to pay attention to all communication exchanges. They can always go back to reread them and reflect on their feelings as many times as necessary. When a person reads something, they can take a step back to re-approach facts more objectively and impartially. A client can take their time to express thoughts in the form of writing. Writing things down has cathartic effects and is often assigned to clients as homework after attending in-person sessions.
During in-person meetings, a client may not express all their thoughts and feelings adequately to reach the heart of a matter. By texting in a private and secure space, they can express themselves more openly and keep track of all communications.
Clients feel less restricted when they are communicating through texts, which is what makes text-based therapy so effective. They can speak their minds without fearing judgment by reading a counselor’s facial expression or body language. Instead of stressing about making the most of an hour’s session in-person, clients can comfortably set the tone, pace, and frequency of things they want to talk about.
With online counseling/coaching, clients can keep their identity hidden if it makes them feel more comfortable. They do not have to reveal themselves, and a counselor/coach would not know what the person sounds or looks like. This provides more security and control for people to decide how much they want to share with someone else.
Both clients and providers can hold themselves accountable for things they say since everything is done in writing. People often feel a sense of commitment when they write opinions or statements. Instead of trying to remember everything or repeating things, clients can also refer to previous exchanges to save time and effort.