Some people would tell you that we’re not in a recession. And other people would tell you that our economy is still in the process of recovery. Others, however, would look you straight in the eye and ask: What recession? Or, there’s nothing wrong with our economy!
Has the state of our economy left you wondering how to spend your money?
Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but gas prices, the price of groceries, medical costs, insurance premiums, mortgage rates, real estate, and renting anything these days is more expensive this year than it was 4 years ago. Yet, most professionals who offer a service to the general public, such as a personal confidant, or a counselor who helps you feel better about yourself, haven’t raise their prices in the past 4 years. Does that mean that the quality of service has decreased? May it never be!
The truth however is that to stay competitive in a world that wants top-quality everything at the lowest price possible sometimes sends professionals into a competitive price war. Equally so, the professional consulting field has noticed that the public at large is requesting more appointments to resolve issues and help them out of their crises than ever before. In addition, clients used to be willing to pay any cost to meet with a counselor in person, every week, and it certainly was true for a number of years that it marked an individual as sort of a status symbol to have their own personal counselor or talk therapist. If you had a weekly appointment, or even a twice weekly appointment with a counselor, regardless of what you were discussing, then you were in the top echelon, compared to all of your friends.
But there are many reasons why people might not be able to be willing to seek the services of a personal confidant or a counselor in person. Perhaps they’re living in a geographical location where they are isolated and it becomes prohibitive to easily arrange a trip for a counseling appointment. Or, perhaps you have a disability that prevents you from traveling or even driving your own car. Maybe you have less take-home pay in your paychecks. All of those are valid reasons, but that’s also when you might seek the services of a counselor who has a business online. Why? Because all you have to do is be connected to the Internet and speak to the counselor via Skype, which is a free calling platform, or if you have a home phone or mobile phone with unlimited minutes, it’s nothing to sit in the comfort of your living room, den, or even on the deck of your home and privately speak with a counselor.
Online therapy as it is called today is a method that you can use to get assistance for certain types of… life situations that you would like a resolution to. Yes, online therapy is a new way to explore possibilities of quickly resolving emotional, stressful, or life-threatening situations where you feel out of control and just need to speak to someone immediately. Sometimes friends and family are the worst people to talk to when you need someone to just listen to you.
In addition, many men and women seek the services of an online counselor not because they have emotional problems or work-related or family-related situations that they can’t deal with. These people just want to explore ways that they could improve their own growth as an individual. They’re seeking help from someone who has a lot of empathy, compassion, credentials, and a professional who can be trusted with their deepest secrets and innermost thoughts.
Let me ask you this: Do you feel that our present state of the economy encourages you, prevents you, or delays you in making that decision to contact an online counselor today? Leave a comment below.
Returning to the original question of this blog post, do you feel that the economy has impacted your decision for seeking the services of an online therapist or counselor as opposed to finding someone who you can meet face-to-face with and talk to?