Can I Get Help from an Online Psychologist?
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Can I Get Help from an Online Psychologist?

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Written by Joe Nightingale

Medical Doctor

14 Apr, 2022

Accessing psychological services is critical for people struggling with mental illness. It's a daunting prospect for some. But it doesn't have to be – with online psychologists, you can speak to a professional no matter where they are.

You can take control of your mental health. If you're experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, stress, and more – here's how an online psychologist can help. (And where you need to go to find one.)

What is an online psychologist?

An online psychologist is like any other psychologist you speak to – there's just not exclusive to any single location. Through video chat, you can access an online psychologist anywhere in Australia; all you need is an internet connection.

They're 100% confidential and professional. In fact, you often have access to some of the best psychologists in the country because you're not restricted to your locale. So, there's no need to endlessly search for "find a psychologist near me" – there ready and waiting online.

How can online psychologists help?

All psychologists can help you manage and treat ongoing mental health problems. They'll listen to your story, diagnose any conditions, and advise on a treatment plan that can help.

But online psychologists come with a few added benefits:

  1. Convenience. It's hard to find a psychologist near you. You don't need to travel to see an online psychologist. You can speak to a qualified mental health expert from home. That often means sessions are more natural and relaxing, without any added stress of a new environment.

  2. Reduced cost. You'll typically find online psychologists are cheaper than traditional mental health services. After all, there are no added costs of travelling to appointments.

  3. Efficacy. Online psychologists are equally as effective as traditional psychologists. However, online psychologists can follow up far easier – meaning they can monitor how you're doing between sessions.

  4. More open. With greater privacy, anonymity, and comfort, patients are often more open to discussing difficult topics. After all, you're doing so in an environment you feel safe. Many people report sessions being more productive – even if there is a slight gap due to the screen.

  5. More time. You don't need to travel to your appointments or sit in the waiting room. This means you've got more time for what's important – getting better.

  6. Speed. With services like Talked, you can make an appointment and see a psychologist in under 48 hours.

How to find a psychologist near me

Finding a psychologist near you has never been easier. Using services like Talked, you have access to numerous clinical psychologists all around the country. And you can choose which one is right for you.

Review their description, history, and even their rating to see whether you're a good fit for the psychologist. We all know how critical it is to speak to someone you trust and feel comfortable with – it's why we offer so much choice.

And you can use Medicare rebates for the vast majority of online psychologists. So, it's a very affordable service. To access the Medicare rebate or obtain your mental health care plan, check out Talked's guide to mental health care plans.

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Joe Nightingale

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Joe is a qualified medical doctor, graduating from Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom in 2017. He's an avid freelance writer and also one of the top science writers at Medium.

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