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The Benefits of Virtual Therapy for Americans Outside of the Big City

Caroline Gamble, MSN, PMHNP-BC

If you live outside of a major metropolitan area, it might be difficult to find a mental health care provider that is right for you. Virtual therapy offers a convenient and affordable solution for rural Americans seeking mental health care. BlueSky Telepsych is a leading online therapy platform that provides comprehensive therapy options through live video, messaging, and phone calls. Explore the benefits of online therapy, factors to consider when evaluating platforms, and how it compares to in-person therapy.

Online Therapy Versus In-Person Therapy 

While both online and in-person therapy can be effective methods for mental health care, there are some differences to consider. 

Accessibility and Convenience

  • Access therapy from anywhere with internet access, eliminating geographical barriers
  • Particularly beneficial for rural areas with limited mental health care options


Privacy and Anonymity

  • Engage in therapy from the privacy of your own home, avoiding potential stigma
  • Feel more comfortable opening up to your therapist without face-to-face interaction
  • Confidentiality and privacy measures in place to protect your personal health information

Is Online Therapy Effective?

Research has shown that online therapy can be as effective as in-person therapy. Online therapy employs evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which have proven to be effective in treating mental health concerns. 

Limitations of Online Therapy

While effective for many, online therapy may not be suitable for individuals with severe mental health concerns or those who prefer face-to-face interaction. Some online therapy platforms have a reputation for high volume, short visits that can make patients feel they are being rushed out of the door.  BlueSky is different in that its providers prioritize quality care utilizing the appropriate amount of time to thoroughly assess and treat clients. 

How Online Therapy Works

  • Video and Phone Sessions: Conduct therapy sessions through live video with licensed therapists 
    • Offers face-to-face interaction and personalized treatment
  • Messaging and Texting: Text-based communication through online therapy platforms or mobile apps
    • It provides a less intrusive means of communication and support
  • Medication Management: Consult with licensed psychiatrists or advanced practice nurse practitioners
    • Tailored medication management for conditions such as depression or anxiety
    • Medications can be received via mail-order pharmacy or filled locally

Finding the Right Online Therapist

Choosing the right online therapist is essential for effective mental health care. Consider factors such as experience, rapport, accessibility, cost, and preferred modality (phone, video, or messaging). BlueSky Telepsych connects individuals with experienced mental health providers specializing in various conditions, ensuring high-quality care. You can access the BlueSky website for a full list of providers and their profiles.  


Online therapy provides a convenient and affordable solution for rural Americans seeking mental health care. By considering the benefits of online therapy, evaluating platforms, and finding the right therapist, individuals can access effective treatment from the comfort of their homes, regardless of location. Contact BlueSky Telepsych today to begin your journey towards improved mental well-being.

Sources for Additional Information:

Find additional information on virtual therapy and mental health resources from trusted sources like the American Psychological Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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