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E-Healing the North: How Online Counselling Thrives in Canada

Parents have to manage a lot of responsibilities – work, kids, home, and sometimes even further education. Traditional therapy takes a lot of time, time that many parents do not have. Online counselling thrives in Canada thanks to its flexibility – whether you connect with your therapist late at night, after your kids are in bed, or you have a quick chat during your lunch, online counselling fits any lifestyle.

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You get tired, angry, frustrated, or overwhelmed – it’s normal, but it doesn’t have to impact your well-being, your kids, your relationship with your partner, or your home. E-healing is thriving in Canada and may help you, as a parent, improve your well-being and your entire family’s mental health. 

Online Counselling in Canada

According to a study on mental health care needs in Canada, over 17% of Canadians aged 12 and older needed mental health support. Out of this number, only 56.2% reported that their mental health needs were fully met, and the remaining 43.8% reported that their needs were either unmet or they received insufficient care.

In this context, online counselling is emerging as a new solution for Canadians seeking mental health support. Research indicates that online therapy is as efficient as in-person therapy – for instance, a study on in-person versus home-based telehealth concluded that online therapy is as effective as in-person therapy for treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Moreover, many users reported high levels of satisfaction with online therapy according to a review and critical evaluation of video-conferencing-based approaches. 

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 1 in 2 Canadians reaching 40 years of age have (or have had) a mental illness. CAMH also finds that 30% of parents with children feel depressed, and women in particular struggle the most with mental issues.

As people caring for kids deal with a lot at home, anxiety and feelings of being down are more prevalent among parents than people without kids. However, traditional therapy often takes a lot of time and resources, especially if you live in a remote area. Consequently, it’s no wonder that Telehealth and online therapy are becoming a necessity for Canadian parents.

E-Healing: A Tool for Busy Canadian Parents

Whether you are a full-time parent or you have to juggle work responsibilities at the same time, time and financial resources are undoubtedly the greatest barriers to accessing mental health support. Fortunately, online therapy doesn’t require you to travel to a local clinic – as you can attend the meetings from virtually anywhere as long as you have an internet connection – and is more affordable than in-person therapy.

Parents often feel stretched thin – whether it is home chores, worries about kids’ well-being, or many other responsibilities and life challenges, such as divorce or the loss of a loved one. Online therapy helps busy parents learn skills to deal with stress and anxiety, solve family conflicts, and achieve mental wellness from the comfort of their homes.

Parenting can be exhausting – as indicated by parenting burnout, which affects many families. Mom rage is a thing – you are dealing with so much pressure, no matter if you are a working mom or not. The never-ending list of things to do may leave you feeling angry, drained, and burdened. With online therapy, you can open up and discuss your worries, fatigue, and how to manage your time and energy levels better.

Parenting is not an easy job, but online counselling saves time, because it is accessible and flexible, and provides you with all the tools and skills required to deal with anything from a teenager’s rebellion to a toddler’s tantrums, work-related stress, depression, anxiety and sleep problems, and many more.

Online therapy platforms can help you find a personalized solution that respects your lifestyle and family values, no matter what you need help with – from finding ways to reconnect with your teenager to improving your sleep hygiene or parenting skills.

The Importance of Online Therapy for Moms

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The importance of mental health support for moms cannot be overstated. As a mom, you’re likely juggling a lot. Between taking care of your little ones, managing household chores, and maybe even balancing a job, your plate is full. This hectic lifestyle can make you susceptible to stress, anxiety, and emotional exhaustion.

Online therapy offers you a safe, confidential space where you can talk freely about everything that’s on your mind – from concerns regarding your kids to relationship issues or stress and anxiety.

 Traditional therapy, with fixed bookings and travelling, may feel impossible when you need to take care of little ones. Online therapy allows you to schedule sessions when your kids are asleep, or you can text your therapist at any time – such as while waiting to pick your kids up from school.

Whether you are dealing with mom guilt, stress management, or postpartum depression, online therapy can make your life better without having to compromise on family time or care for your little ones. You can start your healing journey from the safety of your own home, whenever you need mental and emotional relief.

The Bottom Line

It’s so easy to put your own needs last when you’re a parent. But your well-being is important, too, and it’s okay to ask for help.

While online therapy may not help to remove all stressors from your life, it helps many parents learn how to navigate these issues enjoying convenience, flexibility, and affordability. You can discuss your feelings, the overwhelming nature of parenthood, or tensions in your relationship with your partner. With online healing, everything stays between you and your therapist, so you can heal and maintain a happy, healthy family.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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