Looking for online counseling that insurance will cover? Look no further! There are many benefits to online counseling—convenience, accessibility, no travel required, access from anywhere with an internet connection, and many more!
Is Online Counseling Right for Me?
The answer is likely YES! Online counseling is able to address many of the same presenting problems as in-person counseling. Online counseling could assist with:
- Panic Attacks
- Marriage Issues
- Substance Use
- Life Transitions
- School Issues
- Work Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Trauma Recovery
- And many others!
Online counseling may not be for you if you are younger than 6 years old (you’re probably not reading this) or have psychotic symptoms. As the old saying goes, “don’t knock it until you try it!” There’s nothing wrong with giving it a try for a few sessions and then choosing another option if you feel it’s not for you.
But, It’s Going To Be Expensive, Right?
Nope! In fact, most insurance companies cover online counseling services the same as they do counseling services in the office. There may be a copay involved that usually ranges from 10 to 30 dollars.
You might be able to find “free online counseling.” But, beware—it’s probably NOT counseling. In order for online counseling to be billed to insurance, the therapist providing the service must be licensed or license-eligible in the state where the service is being rendered. At Thriveworks Hanover, all of our therapists are Master’s Level Clinicians with training and experience providing online counseling.
Is Online Counseling Effective?
Yes! Research shows that online counseling can be as effective as in-person counseling! This study shows that internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy was as effective as in-office cognitive behavioral therapy.
(Andrews, G., Basu, A., Cuijpers, P., Craske, M., Mcevoy, P., English, C., & Newby, J. (2018). Computer therapy for the anxiety and depression disorders is effective, acceptable and practical health care: An updated meta-analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 55, 70–78. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.01.001)
More Questions or Want to Schedule an Online Counseling Appointment? Give us a call at 804-269-8755 or email us!