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Online family therapy, also referred to as online family counseling, has become increasingly popular.

Verywell Mind explains the primary tools for communicating in online family therapy include email, real-time instant messaging, mobile device apps, video conferencing, text-based chats, and telephone. According to the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, family counseling online has been found to be more effective than traditional face-to-face family counseling at 57% versus 42%. An online family therapist is required to have the same level of education and training as is needed by a traditional in-person family therapist. Psychotherapeutic techniques that work for traditional, in-person counseling can also be used online with equal success.

It is impossible to claim that online family therapy is effective for everyone, as each family unit is unique. However, there are a variety of benefits to online family therapy. In situations where a family unit is already experiencing difficulties in relationships, and/ or family crisis, attempting to arrange a therapy session that accommodates everyone’s schedule can seem like a frustrating and unmanageable challenge. Online therapy makes scheduling appointments easier and more flexible for everyone, as attending an online family therapy session does not require any travel. More so, online family counseling can include and allow family members who may be geographically distant to participate easily and equitably. Studies have shown online therapy requires 7.8 times less of a therapist’s time than face-to-face treatment, which opens availability for therapists to take on more clients. Families are often comprised of individuals in different stages of life and enabling each person the ability to participate in family therapy from familiar locations, respectively, can help everyone feel more comfortable and amenable to engaging in the therapeutic process. Every family unit is different, and each will benefit from a distinct combination of family therapy techniques. While online family therapy may be highly effective for some family units, others may find the online format less optimal than face-to-face family therapy.

Further Information and Support

Navigating the challenges that arise from living with mental illness, struggling with substance abuse, and/ or addiction can not only be all-consuming but are often impossible to effectively handle without proper support. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. Bear in mind that you do not have to be on this journey alone. At {Upwell Advisors}, we offer unique, customized concierge therapeutic services to provide our clients with unparalleled support throughout every step of the recovery process. 

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