Divorce changes everything. The pain and loss can be overwhelming. According to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, divorce is the second most stressful life event that one may experience; the death of a spouse being the first. If we're being honest; isn't going through a divorce the same as experiencing a death, the death of a relationship? Isn't it the same as a marital separation or a personal injury? So many of the life stressors included in Holmes and Rahe's list are put into play, all at once, post divorce.
Therapy, with a highly skilled professional, is essential to navigating the emotional minefield that is divorce, but so much can get in the way of following through with therapy. It's a bit of a conundrum. We're stressed, dispirit for relief, fully aware that post divorce counseling is needed, but our lives continue hurtling forward. Work goes on. Parenting goes on. Meals still need to be prepared. Housework still needs to be done. Friendships and extended family still need attention. Despite the fact that we are depressed, frightened by an uncertain future, and pained by the loss of love and security, life goes on. Finding the time, mustering the energy and summoning the motivation to seek divorce counseling may seem impossible.
Teletherapy (therapeutic telephone conferencing) removes the obstacles to seeking post divorce therapy and can be the perfect solution. Teletherapy offers the convenience of flexible appointments; accommodating the sudden changes in schedules, which may be precipitated by divorce. The benefits of being in a physical space, which is both familiar and comfortable to the client, such as your home or office, are significant. Receiving divorce therapy becomes virtually anonymous, removing the possibility of being seen by peers, while sitting in a waiting room or walking to and from your therapist's office. This increases the likelihood that you will seek care and be consistent regarding appointments.
Receiving care remotely, not being in the physical presence of your therapist, can be extremely freeing. It creates a certain level of anonymity; increasing the benefits of therapy by enabling you to be completely open in sharing your deepest emotions and concerns, without the fear of being seen at your most vulnerable. Individuals participating in Teletherapy find they are much less likely to postpone or cancel a session because they just don't feel like going out. Keeping a Teletherapy appointment is virtually effortless. This insures the best result regarding Continuity of Care. Further, it offers efficient Time Management; no time is wasted in traveling to and from appointments. You'll spend the full amount of your available time in session, whether during your lunch hour or at home in the evening.
Possibly the most beneficial aspect of Teletherapy is that it makes quality care accessible to everyone, no matter how remote your geographic location. In an age where our blackberries and iphones are affording us limitless access to the world.