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Online Therapy WON the Best Online Therapy Services 2020 – New Zealand Award
We have exciting news to share today! Online Therapy was selected Best Online Therapy Services 2020 – New Zealand! In mid-July, we were nominated for the 5th annual Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards by Global Health & Pharma (GHP). Undoubtedly, this was an honour and a recognition of our work and daily effort to increase psychological health in New Zealand.
GHP is a global multi-disciplinary information sharing platform, offering memberships to three central communities; Human, Animal and Environmental Health. Their Global Media offers publications, and their training leg contributes to continued professional development (CPD) through their independent accreditation centre working across all health and pharma sectors and disciplines.
Online Therapy was started in 2017 because we recognised a need for online counselling in New Zealand. New Zealand has almost 5 million people, and 14% live in rural areas. Since New Zealand had recently upgraded the country to fibre, it meant we could tap into those communities that were less likely to have counselling access.
One in six New Zealanders have a common mental disorder diagnosis, and the farming community has a high suicide rate. Since we are now just a phone/video call away to provide support, we work with all mental health issues that are safe to deal with online. We are also the only private company in New Zealand that specialises specifically in online counselling.
We also supported New Zealanders online during the Coronavirus outbreak. We had an increase of roughly 20% in clients enquiries.
Finally, after two months of a rigorous internal vetting procedure by Global Health & Pharma, driven by merit and in-depth evaluation of skills and services on offer, we have been awarded Best Online Therapy Services 2020 – New Zealand.
Therefore, this award is a recognition of our expertise in psychological health and clinical psychology, a confirmation of our daily dedication to client service and the ongoing commitment to promote excellence.
Without a doubt, this award and celebration would not have been possible without you, your preference and believe in our work. So, once again, we invite you to share any testimony about your personal growth and journey with us.
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There are benefits for both online and in-office therapy, keeping in mind the two are not mutually exclusive. Some people are adamant that in-office therapy should not be replaced but complement online sessions. If you are comfortable with combining online and traditional counselling, then continue with in-person therapy alongside online therapy.
Questions to ask: Who would provide the best online therapy for you? How do you choose between available online solutions?
In this post, I will provide you with a checklist to select a reputable online counsellor. Once you have decided that online therapy is the way to go, you would be able to make an informed decision about selecting an online counsellor.
Best Online Therapy checklist
- The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests that you have an initial face to face meeting before committing to therapy
- Get information on potential counsellors on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Facebook
- Sometimes a Google search will provide information such as credentials and qualifications
- It is important that you find a person who will provide a tailored service best suited to your specific needs in terms of interventions and skills
Checklist: Adapted from the American Psychological Association:
- Decide if online therapy the right tool for you
- Check that your therapist is registered with the Psychologist board, Psychotherapy board or the New Zealand Association of Counsellors? Remember, licensing protects you.
- Are you using online apps? Is the site or app secure? Will the information I provide remain confidential? Psychotherapy works in part because psychologists ensure that clients have a safe, private space to share deeply personal and sometimes difficult stories, thoughts or emotions.
For your own peace of mind, do a Google search on your potential provider and check online ratings. You can also view potential online counsellor profiles on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+