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Can Online Counselling Help for Anxiety and Stress?

PEACE with Anxiety Podcast Episode 21
Ep 21: Does Online Counselling Work for Anxiety?


Are you wondering if online counselling can really help with anxiety? In this episode, I explore the effectiveness of online therapy and I'll share insights from my own practice. Discover how online counselling can transform the way you feel, think, and act, offering a convenient and supportive solution for high achievers. If you're in Australia and looking for support, find out how online therapy can help you achieve a calmer, more balanced life.

 



Listen as I talk about:

  • Understanding Online Counselling

  • My Approach to Online Counselling

  • Benefits of Online Counselling

  • The Transformations to your thoughts, feeling and actions Through Online Counselling

  • Common Concerns and Misconceptions


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Does online counselling really work for anxiety?


With more people turning to online counselling as a convenient and accessible option, it's natural to wonder if it delivers the same results as traditional, face-to-face therapy. So that is what we are going to explore together and see how it can make a difference in your life.


Understanding Online Counselling

So, what exactly is online counselling? Well, online counselling, also known as e-therapy or teletherapy, involves providing psychological support and counselling services through the Internet. This can be through video calls, phone calls, chat, or even email.


And before we go any further let me tell you what we mean when we talk about counselling very briefly, but if you want to know more, you can read this blog post where I talk more about it. So, counselling is a process of talking about and working through your personal experiences, issues, problems and concerns. A counsellor supports you in positively addressing your problems by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies, look at things from new perspectives, increase self-awareness and identify and cultivate your personal strengths and resources.


My Approach to Online Counselling

Let me share with you a bit about my approach to online counselling at Irene Evangelou Therapy.


As someone who has personally sought out therapy for anxiety, stress, and grief, I know firsthand the profound impact it can have. During those times, I had some of my biggest breakthroughs and ‘aha’ moments that helped me navigate the most challenging periods of my life.


This is why I do what I do. I’m passionate about helping other women have those ‘aha’ moments and break free from limiting beliefs and overwhelming challenges. In our sessions, I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to talk about your struggles, explore your thoughts, and understand your feelings.


And, my goal is to support and guide you through life’s challenges so that you can live your most fulfilling life with peace and confidence.


Benefits of Online Counselling

Now, the idea of seeking help from the comfort of your own home may sound appealing, but you might be wondering, does it really work? So, let's break it down. There are several benefits to online counselling, especially for those struggling with anxiety:


  1. Convenience and Accessibility: Online counselling breaks down geographical barriers. Whether you're in a remote area, have a busy schedule, or simply prefer the comfort of your own home, online sessions can be a perfect fit. This can be particularly beneficial for high achievers who often juggle multiple responsibilities and find it challenging to set aside time for self-care.

  2. Comfort and Familiarity: Engaging in therapy from a familiar environment can reduce some of the anxiety associated with visiting a therapist’s office. Being in your own space can make it easier to open up and discuss personal issues.

  3. Flexible Scheduling: Online counselling often offers flexibility with scheduling, that can work around your work, family, and other commitments. You can find a time that works best for you without the added stress of travelling to the therapist’s office.

  4. Immediate Access: In moments of heightened anxiety and stress, having immediate access to a therapist can be incredibly valuable. 

  5. Privacy and Anonymity: For many, the perceived anonymity of online counselling can help in discussing issues they might find embarrassing or stigmatizing in person,

  6. Access to Specialists: Online platforms give you access to a wider range of specialists who might not be available in your area. This is particularly important for finding therapists who specialize in a particular issue such as high-functioning anxiety.



Online Counselling for Anxiety and Stress - Irene Evangelou Therapy


The Transformation of your thoughts, feeling and actions Through Online Counselling

One of the most rewarding aspects of online counselling is witnessing the transformation that clients undergo that can change the way you feel, think, and act:


1. Feelings

Reduction in Anxiety Symptoms: As you progress through therapy, you may notice a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms. This could mean fewer panic attacks, less constant worry, and a greater sense of calm.

Increased Emotional Stability: Online counselling can help you manage your emotions more effectively, leading to increased emotional stability. You might find that you're less reactive and more able to handle stressors without becoming overwhelmed.


2. Thoughts

Positive Thought Patterns: Therapy can help you identify and challenge negative thought patterns, replacing them with more positive and realistic ones. This shift in thinking can reduce the frequency and intensity of anxious thoughts.

Improved Self-Awareness: Through therapy, you'll gain a deeper understanding of your triggers and how to manage them. This self-awareness is empowering and can lead to greater control over your anxiety.


3. Actions:

Healthier Coping Strategies: You'll learn and practice new coping strategies that are more effective and healthier than old habits. This might include mindfulness techniques, relaxation exercises, or new ways of managing stress.

Increased Productivity: As your anxiety decreases, you'll likely find that you're able to focus better and be more productive. This can be especially important for high achievers who rely on their ability to perform at a high level.

Better Relationships: Reduced anxiety can lead to improved relationships with those around you. You'll be more present and engaged, and better able to communicate your needs and boundaries.


These are real changes that many clients experience. The journey through online counselling is the same as face-to-face counselling and can lead to a more balanced, calm, and present life.


Addressing Common Concerns and Misconceptions

Understandably, despite its benefits, some people have concerns about online counselling. Let's address a few common misconceptions:

  1. Lack of Personal Connection: Some worry that the virtual nature of online counselling might impede the therapist-client relationship. However, many find that they can form a strong connection with their therapist online. The key is to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and who meets your needs.

  2. Privacy and Confidentiality: Concerns about privacy and confidentiality are valid, but reputable online platforms use encryption and secure technologies to protect client information. It's important to choose platforms and therapists who prioritize confidentiality.

  3. Technical Issues: Technical difficulties can be a barrier, but many platforms offer technical support to address these issues. It can also be helpful to have a backup plan, such as switching to a phone call if the video isn't working.

  4. Effectiveness for Severe Cases: While online counselling is effective for many, those with severe mental health conditions may require more intensive, in-person treatment. It's important to discuss your specific needs with a qualified professional to determine the best approach.



So, online counselling can be a highly effective and convenient option for managing anxiety, especially for high achievers. It offers flexibility, accessibility, and a range of tools that can enhance the therapeutic experience. The transformation you can experience—from reduced anxiety symptoms to improved thought patterns and healthier actions—can lead you to feel more calm, confident and present in your life.



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If you're considering online counselling, I encourage you to explore it as a viable option. And if you're residing in Australia, I would be delighted to support you on your journey.


In our sessions together I will draw on all of my experience and knowledge across the fields of counselling such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, EFIT, DBT, and Person-centred Talk Therapy to ensure that you are getting the most thorough, uniquely tailored approach to your personal situation, for the best possible outcome. Our sessions would be via Zoom, so there are no clinic visits, no parking or travel and you can experience the help you need from the comfort of your own home. And I work within the counselling framework of a client-centred, strengths-based approach, and I always provide follow-up and continue after-session support to all of my clients, and these phone and email points of contact provide great moments of clarity and progression in the change process. And finally, in terms of availability, I can offer appointment times on weekends and outside of office hours to accommodate a variety of schedules.


If you want to know more about my approach, click the link below ⬇️


 

Links Mentioned

Online Counselling for Anxiety and Stress at Irene Evangelou Therapy




 

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  • If you are an Australian resident I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to talk about your struggles, explore your thoughts, understand your feelings, and support and guide you to navigate life’s challenges so that you can live your most fulfilling life with peace and confidence.​


I provide online counselling for Anxiety, Stress, Perfectionism, People-pleasing, Self-esteem, and Self-image. Book your first session by clicking the link below.






All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own mental health provider. Please consult a licensed mental health professional for all individual questions and issues.



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