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Remote Therapy for College Students

Why Remote Therapy Can Be A Great Fit for College Students

Remote therapy has a few drawbacks, but it can also offer a much more flexible, convenient option for individuals in many different life situations (we walk you through some important pros and cons of remote therapy in our article here). And, in the wake of the COVID crisis, this option is more important than ever. 

In this article, we focus on a group that is particularly well-suited for remote therapy: college students. 

On-Campus Therapy for College Students: Important Facts to Consider

Many college students do have some access to on-campus, college-provided therapy services. After a referral from the campus health department, students can schedule appointments with a mental health professional employed by the university. 

It’s great that universities provide this on-campus resource! For a small, limited course of therapy (perhaps help to get over a rough breakup or navigating a stressful exam season) this arrangement may be perfectly fine for some students.

In our experience working with college students, however, this model has some important limitations. 


Important Limitations of On-Campus Therapy for College Students

  1. In many cases, college-provided therapists are younger therapists who are completing their clinical training by working with college students. These inexperienced therapists may turn out to be very skilled! But, understandably, students (and parents) sometimes prefer to entrust their wellness to a more proven professional.
  2. On-campus therapists, especially those completing their training, may change from year-to-year (or even term-to-term). This frequent turnover can make building a long-term relationship difficult. 
  3. The nature of the school year means college students aren’t always in town. From summer vacation to semesters abroad, to socially-distanced learning, the structure of college life doesn’t make it easy to maintain a regular course of therapy using an on-campus therapist.
  4. Colleges are often in smaller towns with limited options for therapy. Even for colleges in larger cities, driving across town is not always practical for a college student’s regular therapy. Limited options can make it harder for a student to find a therapist whom they connect with.

Advantages of Remote Therapy for College Students

Remote therapy is a valuable option for college students because it directly addresses each of these challenges. 

The flexibility of the remote model is ideally suited to bring consistent, high-quality therapeutic support to a college student. As social distancing makes navigating the logistics of the college experience more unpredictable than ever, we only expect this model to become even more useful. 

  1. Proven practices can provide experienced therapists, ensuring a student has access to a professional with a longer track record of success.
  2. Therapy can continue between school years with no turnover, allowing a student and therapist to develop the sort of long-term trusting relationships that help therapy deliver as much value as possible.
  3. Flexibility helps maintain a steady course of therapy between school years, over the summer, or during distanced-learning.
  4. The freedom to choose therapists further from campus means college students have the opportunity to choose the therapist that’s right for them. For example, many students prefer a therapist who is closer to their own age. 

Learning More About Remote Therapy for College Students

If you’re interested in learning more about your options for remote therapy, please visit our main page for Remote College Therapy here. 

There, you’ll find a few more resources to help you consider whether remote therapy is right for you (or a college student in your life). 


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