April 18, 2024
April 18, 2024

What is the Difference Between Telehealth Mental Health Therapy and Virtual Coaching?

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If you are looking for online support, you have many options, including telehealth mental health therapy and virtual coaching. But what is the main difference between the two? And when should you consider one over the other? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions and more.

What is Telehealth Mental Health Therapy?

Telehealth mental health therapy is a form of online mental health services that connects clients to experienced counselors, therapists, or psychiatrists for individual or group therapy sessions. This ensures that clients can receive care for a mental health condition and eventually learn to better control symptoms and improve self-reliance.

Telehealth mental health therapy takes place digitally using your phone or computer and allows you to meet with a counselor or therapist in the comfort and privacy of your home. 

Such services became popular during the covid-19 pandemic, giving people opportunities to practice social distancing while still connecting to the mental health services they needed. These virtual mental health treatment services continue to be popular today, as do other virtual services like virtual coaching, because they can connect you to healthcare professionals who may not live in your area. These services also offer greater flexibility in scheduling appointments by cutting down on transportation time.

What is Virtual Coaching?

Virtual coaching is a form of online mental health services that connects clients to experienced coaches who can offer support through individual or family sessions. This ensures that clients can receive personal coaching, emotional support, and skill development.

Differences Between Telehealth and Virtual Coaching

When you utilize virtual telehealth mental health therapy sessions, you can facilitate connections that are audio or video-based, depending on the connection and platform you choose with your provider. Group therapy sessions through telehealth mental health services can be conducted online where every individual is able to hear or see one another and contribute to the group.

With virtual coaching, you have control over your recovery plan and can get support whenever you need it, not just during drug or alcohol rehab. Also with virtual coaching, you get a dedicated team of advisors to support you with one-on-one coaching options. Virtual coaching programs can be divided into various formats each week and can extend to family members.

Similarities Between Telehealth and Virtual Coaching

  • Both take place in an online capacity, using the technology that is most comfortable for you. 
  • Both formats offer individual sessions.
  • Both options can include recovery services for family members.
  • You can choose the frequency of your sessions in both programs.

When to Choose Telehealth Mental Health Therapy vs. Virtual Coaching

Telehealth mental health therapy sessions are typically incorporated into a treatment plan for those who are recovering from addiction or struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders.

However, after treatment, individuals often find themselves in need of continuing care that is not as effectively provided through traditional therapy. Instead, continuing care requires emotional support, help throughout the recovery journey, and flexible virtual services.

Aligned Living Group is dedicated to offering continuing care services for those in recovery. A big part of these continuing care services extends to virtual coaching and life skills training in our aftercare rehab program. Whether you have just completed an addiction recovery program or you have been sober for years but need some extra support, skills, or family incorporation, virtual recovery coaching can help.

Aligned Living Recovery Coaching

Our coaching options are designed to support clients in areas such as:

  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Personalized guidance
  • Skill development
  • Emotional support
  • Leading fulfilling lives
  • Maintaining sobriety

With telehealth virtual coaching, you and your family can find empowerment and work toward living a fulfilling life of purpose while recovering from addiction. 

You get to choose the schedule that works best for you. With our programs, you can enjoy virtual coaching up to 1.5 hours per week conducted in any combination you choose, such as in daily 15-minute check-ins, twice-weekly comprehensive 45-minute sessions, or three 30-minute sessions per week.

Our services provide support for families as well. Our coaching programs provide up to 45 minutes per week for family members to participate in coaching sessions. These sessions can be subdivided into whichever frequency and duration works best for family members.

No matter where you are in your recovery, you can get personal coaching that helps you overcome any obstacles you are facing, develop the skills that you need, and find emotional support while you maintain your sobriety.

Reach out to Aligned Living today to see how our virtual coaching services can best support you on your journey to a fulfilling life.