One of the biggest challenges facing the mental health care industry is the inconsistency of therapy appointments between clients and therapists. Getting clients to make their weekly appointments on time is challenging because, in spite of the it being potentially dangerous to their health, clients don’t often prioritize their therapy appointment.
This is why phone therapy is increasingly becoming the preferred method of treatment for clients and therapists alike. Here are 5 ways that phone therapy can be more effective than face-to-face:
1) Therapists have trouble obtaining a consistent schedule with their clients usually because clients have various excuses for not making it to their appointments; phone therapy eliminates the commute factor thereby making appointments feasible.
2) Given the lower rate of dropouts for treatments when therapy is administered over the phone, studies over the years for mental health scholars have argued that it is potentially more effective than face-to-face treatments, because clients/patients will have overall longterm care.
3) Numerous studies conducted by Psychology Today, JAMA and The New York Times have all confirmed that phone therapy is just as effective for delivering cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for their patients; clients have shown improvements in their depression disorders.
4) Phone therapy is more affordable for patients/clients who do not have medical insurance that covers mental health care; since therapists don’t always need to conduct therapy sessions in an office anymore and can double their residency for their work as well, the rate of sessions may be lower. According to Psych Central, clients who choose phone therapy over face-to-face therapy can save up to 36 percent in medical bill costs.
5) Phone therapy has been found to be more efficient for both therapists and clients in studies published by PLoS ONE Journal; the effectiveness of narrowing the treatment down for patients by therapists have also shown to be greater than for face-to-face therapy treatment.
Considering factors such as cost-effectiveness that saves money for both clients and therapists, as well as the overall increased accessibility of patients by therapists to keep appointments, the positive factors related to phone therapy versus face-to-face therapy is on the up and up.
Skeptics generally assume that phone therapy is less effective than face-to-face therapy, but many studies have shown that phone therapy is just as effective if not in some cases more effective than face-to-face therapy. Patients with a history of depression have shown significant improvement in overall health after participating in studies around phone therapy.
When a patient takes the leap and seeks health care for their mental, behavioral or emotional concerns, they often times are faced with the challenge of making it to the office. For patients with high anxiety or depression, the very thought of getting out of bed on some days can be too overwhelming. Sometimes bad weather, traffic, a busy schedule or other appointments peppering the day can also become an encumbrance.
For patients such as these, phone therapy can prove to be quite helpful because the therapist can reach them. Patients with depression have shown the greatest evidence of having effective treatment over phone according to the health section of TIME Magazine.
If you can relate to the above, considering phone therapy as an option may be a helpful solution for you. For patients with severe mental illnesses, however, CBT beyond the phone have been recommended by the studies mentioned in the above.
Marcie has been working with couples and individuals for over eight years. Helping them start off right, and helping indifiduals in their time of need. If you want to try phone therapy, check Marcie out at Love Your Relationship today.