The COVID-19 pandemic has upended much of our lives. As people shelter in place in their homes, the sense of isolation combined with fear of what might happen can be overwhelming. People who suffer from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mental health conditions might have an especially difficult time during the outbreak. COVID-19 counceling can help you to manage the symptoms that you might experience during this difficult time. During the pandemic, Dr. Piper Walsh with South Orange County Counseling is offering phone or video counseling to existing and new clients to help with mental health concerns.

Staying sane during COVID-19

If you regularly see your therapist for in-person appointments, transitioning your sessions to remote COVID-19 counceling using video teleconferencing is a good option. Video counseling can also benefit people who have not received therapy but who are struggling with anxiety or depression because of the current situation. Attending therapy sessions remotely using video teleconferencing is called teletherapy. Over the past decade, teletherapy has been increasingly used for mental health care to people who suffer from a variety of psychological conditions.

Mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

According to the CDC, many people may experience overwhelming stress and anxiety in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These types of issues can manifest in several ways, including the following:

  • Difficulty with concentrating
  • Changes in your eating patterns
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Worry and fear about your health and the health of your loved ones
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of dread
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol

If stress is preventing you from completing your daily activities, it is a good idea to schedule counseling sessions.

Does teletherapy help?

Multiple studies have looked at the efficacy of teletherapy by phone or video and have found that it is effectiVideoPhoneve. In a 2010 study that was published in the journal Behavior Therapy, depressed adults who received teletherapy showed a significant reduction in their depression over a period of three to six months, and 42% were considered to have completely recovered. Other studies have also found that teletherapy is effective for helping people with obsessive-compulsive disorderPTSD, and anxiety. While attending online or telephone counseling sessions might not be what you imagine when you think about seeing a therapist, they work and can be an effective approach to helping you with your stress, anxiety, or depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact South Orange County Counseling for help

Starting teletherapy can seem daunting. However, you should not feel nervous about doing what you need to do to protect your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Getting help from a therapist can help you with staying sane during COVID-19. Attending video counseling sessions regularly while you are staying at home can help you to deal with the isolation and the difficulties that it can bring.

If you already have a therapist who is unable to do teletherapy with you, look for a therapist who can do so. South Orange County Counseling is offering teletherapy through video conferencing and phone. If you are not currently receiving therapy and feel overwhelmed by everything that is happening in your life and the world, teletherapy might help you to deal with your new reality. Contact Dr. Piper Walsh today to schedule a video or phone counseling session to protect your mental health and learn some effective coping skills. You can reach us by phone, email, or text.