Meeting a coach via video call is becoming more and more common.
This is thanks to numerous factors starting from the growing digitization of people of all ages and the scenario of social distancing that we have been experiencing for more than a year now.
In many platforms dedicated to online coaching, such as in www.bonsay.me, you can choose and book a video session with the coach chosen according to your needs.
But this is also found in other areas, such as the psychological one: the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that video sessions with online psychologists are increased by 50% during the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2019. The pandemic in progress has forced both patients and psychologists to connect via the Web to give continuity to the ongoing paths.
But beyond the circumstances connected to Covid19, the overall feeling is that we are entering a phase where this type of service will be increasingly widespread, that is, in addition to shopping online, watching movies online, taking online courses, we will also meet more and more our online coach.
But what do we mean by online coaching?
Online coaching is characterized by online sessions where the coach and client meet via video from the comfort of their home or other places they prefer.
Therefore, the main difference between traditional sessions and video sessions is that the latter use online video conferencing platforms to connect psychologists and people from different places.
These sessions, therefore, take place in real-time and have a higher confidentiality rate than phone calls or online text message therapy.
What are the advantages of meeting the coach online?
First of all, the optimization of travel time. In fact, both the people and the coach save time by eliminating commuting to the meeting place.
Large selection of coaches. With the elimination of territorial barriers, people have a better chance of finding the specific coach that suits their needs.
Elimination of social stigma. Some people refuse to seek support from a coach because they don't want to be seen by other people for fear of what they might think. With an online coach, on the other hand, people can talk from their homes without eliminating this fear, which is even more visible in small towns.
Are the video sessions with the coach effective?
The short answer is yes. Several studies have found that video sessions have the same effect as face-to-face sessions. In fact, 2018 study found that "the cognitive behavioral therapy provided by the Internet is effective and acceptable".
Additionally, some customers may feel more comfortable dealing with their issues online as it helps them open up more and connect better with someone who knows how to deal with their issues.
Who is a good candidate for online coaching?
Anyone who has access to a computer or smartphone, a reliable internet connection, and private and quiet space, and who does not have a psychological pathology (for which he should contact a psychologist and not a coach.
There is one way to find out if online coaching is right for you: try it!