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In-Person or Online Therapy: Which is better?

When considering therapy, it's important to choose a therapeutic approach and therapist that best fits your individual needs and preferences. With advancements in technology, online therapy, also known as teletherapy, has become an increasingly popular option. On the other hand, traditional in-person therapy offers a personal touch that is not always possible through a computer screen. Both online and in-person therapy have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, and it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you.

Aerial view of woman doing therapy from outdoors with her dog watching on
Aerial view of woman doing therapy from outdoors with her dog watching on

Online therapy provides a level of convenience and accessibility that can be particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty getting to an in-person appointment. For example, individuals who live in remote areas or have busy schedules may find that online therapy offers a greater range of available appointments. Additionally, online therapy allows you to receive therapy from the comfort of your own home, work, or any other private location.


In-person therapy, on the other hand, offers a personal touch that can enhance the therapeutic relationship. Face-to-face interaction, body language, and the use of physical props, like art supplies or props, can provide a deeper level of engagement and help you build a stronger connection with your therapist. In-person therapy also offers the opportunity for hands-on interventions, such as physical touch or movement therapy, that may not be possible through a computer screen.


Ultimately, the choice between online or in-person therapy comes down to personal preference and comfort level. Some individuals may find that they prefer the convenience and accessibility of online therapy, while others may find that in-person therapy better meets their needs. If you are unsure, it may be helpful to try both options and see which feels right for you.


As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Hermosa Beach, CA, I offer both online therapy for those throughout California and in-person therapy for those living in the South Bay area. Regardless of which approach you choose, it's essential to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with. With a focus on providing personalized, compassionate care, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their therapeutic goals.


In conclusion, both online and in-person therapy can be effective, and the right choice for you will depend on your individual circumstances, needs, and preferences. Whether you choose online therapy for its convenience or in-person therapy for its personal touch, consider reaching out to me here in Hermosa Beach, CA. Let's work together to find the approach that works best for you!

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