In Person Vs. Video Counseling

In our ever-changing world, we see more and more options becoming available in all aspects of life. You can meet with virtually anyone over a computer, and your meals can be delivered without ever stepping foot in a grocery store or restaurant. All of these changes have evolved in an effort to keep us safe and still live effectively. You don’t have to give up seeing your favorite Alabama therapist for any reason.  Instead, consider teletherapy or video counseling.

What’s the Difference Between Video or Teletherapy Counseling?

With video counseling, you speak with an Alabama therapist from the convenience of your home, office, or wherever you feel comfortable. This option may be more suited for you if any of the following apply:

  • If you have trouble fitting counseling into your busy schedule
  • You are not comfortable leaving your home due to the pandemic
  • No transportation is available to you
  • Physical disability
  • Child care

When you attend in-person counseling with an Birmingham AL therapist, the bottom line is the same. You are speaking with a counselor. In this setting, however, a counselor is able to pick up on more things through your body language and eye contact. These are both important to the counselor and their overall assessment of you during your session.


Obviously, the most important goal is for you to receive the help you need. When comparing teletherapy appointments with in-person therapy, there are a few issues to consider that could help you decide which is best for you.

Although video counseling is convenient, technology isn’t foolproof. You run the risk of internet connectivity issues which would interfere with your session. If you are in crisis mode, your counselor is not with you to help keep you safe or assist you as they would be able to in person. Body language may not be fully recognized. On the other hand, meeting with a counselor in person requires more time away from work, social activities, or family as you must factor in travel to and from the appointment.

We Offer Both Options with a Compassionate Birmingham AL Therapist

Whether you decide teletherapy or in-person therapy is best for you, at Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy, our dedicated team is here to serve you. Call us at (205) 807-5372 to schedule your in-person or online appointment today!

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