With more people than ever before working from home due to the COVID19 breakout, it's understandable that society might be going a little... well... crazy. Homebound citizens are turning to new forms of self-care in order to maintain their sanity in an economic shutdown that's not even halfway over. One such example of these emerging self-care routines is 'Teletherapy', or the idea of attending mental health therapy appointments over phone or video. This concept is not new, in fact it's been around for several years now. It is, however, trending on Google search results higher than it's ever done before.
In the chart below, the orange line represents the index of search volume for the search term "teletherapy". The green line represents the index of search volume for the search term "find a therapist". These are both shown over time, with the dates representing the week in which they fall.
(Source: Google Trends)
'Teletherapy' went from indexing around 7 or 8 on average, to indexing at 100 - meaning its highest popularity in all time. 'Find a Therapist', however, is indexing at about the same as it was for the last year.
So what's with sudden rise in searches for 'Teletherapy'? There are a few factors that go into that:
So what steps can mental health practitioners take to book more teletherapy appointments during the COVID19 shutdown and beyond?
Please continue to keep yourself and your family safe during these unprecedented times. Wash your hands, don't touch your face, and please maintain a safe social-distancing space of at least 6 feet from other humans that you don't live with.