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Does Online Counselling Work?

Does Online Counselling Work?

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Please Note: Using our latest online help that we are providing is not meant to replace or substitute actually being at Hope Rehab itself for detox and treatment. Hope Rehab is where you experience the powerful realizations and unity working together as a group, learning to work as a team, or the face-to-face intimate relationship with your counsellor. Part of what makes Hope one of the best treatment centers is our secure environment and unique atmosphere, the Thai culture, the diverse team, the facility and accommodation, the food, sharing the everyday lessons learned by living in our community, also all our many recourses and much much more…we do understand this! — However, our online program that we have (initially used for aftercare) now also used for pre-Rehab preparation due to delays in getting here is working very well and is now part of our package.

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Basically therapy is therapeutic however you get it however Online therapy has been growing in recent years, but it has exploded in 2020 amid global coronavirus lockdowns. It offers many of the benefits of face to face counselling, with a few extras on top. Here we take a look at online therapy and hopefully answer a few of the questions you might have.

Is it effective?

A key part of counselling is the therapeutic relationship – that sense of connection between counsellor and client. Is some of that not lost in online counselling?

This may come as a surprise that a number of studies have shown that online therapy can be equally as effective as face-to-face sessions.

This study found that online cognitive behavioural therapy for depression is “equally beneficial to regular face-to-face therapy”, while this study concluded online CBT is just as effective as face-to-face therapy for depression and various anxiety disorders. Another study found that “internet-based therapies for addictions are effective in achieving positive behavioral changes”.

There’s a wealth of evidence out there that it works, so give it a try and if it works for you than great, if not then at least you tried.


Starting counselling can be daunting. Doing it from your own home helps to make the whole process more comfortable and convenient.

It means that travelling to and from the session doesn’t take any extra time out of your day (depending on how big your house is).

And you don’t have to worry about bumping into anyone you know at the counselling service. Online therapy optimises privacy and convenience.


Working with a therapist from the comfort of their own home means they can be more flexible with times and bookings because they don’t have to worry about office hours.

Check out our online program for more information

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Overcoming anxiety

Online connection with your counsellor is just as Intimate as being face to face. Online therapy can be particularly helpful for people who struggle with anxiety. Going to an unfamiliar place and sitting face-to-face with a stranger can be anxiety provoking. For some anxiety sufferers, doing therapy online from their own home is less intimidating and makes it easier to open up. When we talk about our feelings and problems they become less overwhelming.


You might be able to access something that isn’t available in your local area. Hope’s staff offer a diverse assortment of therapeutic approaches having honed their skills in all corners of the earth, from Brazil to Bromley.

Can help you explore change?

Often the decision to get clean comes with ambivalence. Perhaps you’re sick of using, but you’re also terrified of recovery. Part of you yearns for a new way of life, but another part has no idea what that would look like. It’s completely normal to go back and forth many times before getting clean. Going to rehab can seem like a huge step. Online counselling can help you explore your uncertainty. You can dip your toe into treatment without taking the full plunge.

Online therapy can be a first step on the path of change. Or it might even be enough in itself to help you make the changes you want to make.

Check out our online program for more information

The good news is Hope Rehab Thailand is accepting international clients again. Thailand is prioritizing medical tourism visitors for licensed facilities like Hope. The first step is to get in touch, and we will start your medical visa application. If you require immediate help, we suggest online counselling by one of the therapeutic team. Some of our Counsellors offer independent online professional counselling and coaching. On the next page you can select a counsellor of your choice.

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