More and more people are exploring the option of email counseling for their mental health needs. There are various reasons why the interest in this type of counseling has been on the rise. No doubt this is due to the benefits as compared to traditional face-to-face counseling. So, if you find yourself wondering if this is a path you ought to take for your situation you might want to consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of email counseling.
Some argue that email counseling can force people to learn to express themselves verbally more than they normally would. For example, in a traditional counseling session a client who is angry may rely on their nonverbal cues to let the counselor know this instead of stating “I’m kind of angry that you are pushing me on this subject”. Someone engaging in email counseling does not have the added expressive tool of nonverbal cues. Instead they either would have to ignore the anger or they would have to state in some way that they were angry. However, with email counseling it is less likely that an individual can learn about expressing what they are signaling nonverbally as the counselor will not be able to point out what they might be expressing.