Navigating Connection: Understanding the Dynamics of Online Couples Therapy

There’s no question that we live in a digital, tech-forward world. Electronic communication has become the norm in a variety of settings — including healthcare and mental wellness.

While teletherapy isn’t necessarily new, it saw a rise in popularity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the multiple benefits, it continues to be a popular choice for people who might not otherwise have access to mental health resources or those who simply want a more convenient way to connect with a mental health professional.

But what about couples therapy?

Can you still receive the same attention, care, and results from online couples therapy as you would by meeting face-to-face with a therapist? Let’s take a closer look at the dynamics of this type of teletherapy and whether it’s the right move for your relationship.

What Is Online Couples Therapy?

In a traditional couples therapy setting, you can expect open, honest conversations and a close connection between you and your therapist. That connection is necessary. It allows you to feel more comfortable and can encourage you and your partner to open up and show more vulnerability in each session.

Online couples therapy aims to foster the same kind of connection, even if it’s from behind a screen. Your therapist will work with you, as a couple, to get to know each of you personally. They’ll also try to identify any underlying issues in your relationship that could be causing problems.

The nice thing about online couples therapy is that most of it is done via video chat. So, it still allows your therapist to see both of you, and vice-versa. It can even evoke a greater sense of comfort because you can do it from anywhere — including the safety of your own home. When you’re in a familiar setting, you might be more likely to open up.

What Are the Benefits?

In addition to opening up more thanks to an increase in comfort, there are multiple benefits to online couples therapy to consider.

First, it can fit your schedule. It’s often hard enough to schedule therapy for one person in today’s busy society. But, finding time for both you and your partner to go to a therapist’s office for an hour or so might seem next to impossible.

Most therapists who offer teletherapy services are willing to work with your schedule. If the only time you both have free is after work, your therapist is likely to be flexible.

This type of therapy is also beneficial for people who might not otherwise have access to these services. Maybe you live in a rural community and there aren’t therapists nearby who specialize in any type of couples counseling.

Whatever the case, online couples therapy gives everyone the opportunity to connect from the comfort of home, and to find a therapist that meets their needs.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Some people really benefit from in-person interaction. It allows the therapist to pick up on things like nonverbal cues and body language. Those things aren’t always as easy to notice on video. For others, being in a neutral setting, especially when your relationship feels rocky, can be more beneficial than being at home.

However, it’s almost always worth it to give online couples therapy a try, especially if you’ve been thinking about attending therapy with your partner for a while.

The most important thing is to find a therapist you feel comfortable with. With that in mind, feel free to contact me for more information or to set up an initial appointment. We can talk more about what you should expect from online couples therapy, and how it can benefit your relationship.

Start Online Couples Therapy in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Anywhere in Arizona

Call us at 623-680-3486,text 623-688-5115, or email  You can ask all the questions you have and see if online couples therapy at Crossroads is the right fit for you and your partner. You can also learn more about Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) as well. Our offices are conveniently located throughout the Valley of the Sun including Phoenix, Anthem, Online in Arizona, and Scottsdale. We would be honored to support you in better understanding your relationship. You can start your therapy journey by following these simple steps:

  1. Contact Crossroads Counseling
  2. Meet with a couples therapist online
  3. Begin addressing your relationship

Start In-Person Couples Counseling

If you live near one of our Scottsdale or Phoenix office locations you can meet with your couples therapist in person.  You may also choose a  hybrid option where you meet in person and/or online.  Many couples enjoy the convenience of meeting with a therapist from the comfort of their home and, when needed, meeting face to face with their therapist.

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