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Counselling has significantly changed the lives of people. It improves their quality of life, makes them understand themselves, helps develop communication skills, and develops and maintains healthy interpersonal relationships. Keeping in mind the benefits of therapy and its collaboration with technology, the emergence of online counselling has helped people bypass different barriers to therapy.
Moreover, many studies have proved its effectiveness in treating mental health problems. According to the World Health Organization report in October 2020, about 70% of countries have adopted online therapy to deal with issues regarding in-person therapy. And it is reported that about four of five internet users seek online counselling for health-related issues. One of the prevailing issues that online therapy deals with is a lack of self-confidence.
What Is Self-confidence?
Self-confidence is the ability to trust one’s abilities and capacities. It increases when an individual competes in particular activities satisfactorily. Hence, it increases the belief in oneself that one can accomplish what an individual wishes to do. But, unfortunately, many people struggle to find it or lose it somehow. If one lacks self-confidence, the individual will less likely to engage in activities because of doubt about one’s abilities to do it. And with no experiences of achievement in activities, self-confidence will decrease further, hence, creating a vicious cycle.
Although low self-confidence is not a mental health problem in itself, it can lead to serious issues. Low self-confidence is one of the factors contributing to low self-esteem which is the value individual places on oneself. Low confidence, and low self-worth, in turn, result in anxiety, depression, negative emotions, relationship problems, low resilience, lack of self-care, and self-harming behaviours.
According to research in the UK, only half of the men believe themselves to be intelligent, 85% of women don’t consider themselves attractive and among youngsters, more than half of them worry about what others think of them. This gives an insight into how much people feel confident about them.
However, online counselling along with its other numerous benefits helps people boost confidence in many ways.
How Online Therapy Can Help Boost Confidence?
As compared to the face-to-face approach, in online counselling, the individual finds it less difficult to disclose oneself because of the hidden demographics. The individual being anonymous reduces nervousness, the stigma associated with mental health, and the pain one is experiencing and improves confidence, according to different studies. Furthermore, it is reported that anonymity in counselling is especially helpful for people who are victims of rape and abuse because of the fear of being judged or shame associated with it.
Among many other benefits, online counselling is less costly compared to face-to-face counselling as it reduces the expense of commute, issues of travel, accommodation, and time. Given that patients can access therapy anywhere, online counselling increases accessibility and reduces stigma, pressure, and frustration. As the process of online counselling is easy to use and flexible, people with eye problems or hearing impairments can also benefit from it.
Moreover, if an individual is anxious about meeting new people, online counselling serves as an opportunity to not only build confidence gradually but also deal with anxiety. Hence, by being able to easily access counselling and deal with psychological issues, a sense of self-esteem and self-efficacy is achieved.
Considering the impact of the current pandemic, COVID-19 has disrupted the aspects of human life reducing social contact and economic activities. Additionally, social isolation has led to many psychological issues including loneliness, nervousness, anxiety, etc.
To combat such issues, people need to develop personal resources such as coping self-efficacy which is the confidence in the ability of an individual to utilize coping strategies and plan action to manage external stressors. Keeping in mind the social isolation situation, online counselling is the sole way to enhance confidence by providing stay-at-home help.
Online counselling helps overcome a wide range of concerns related to self-confidence including public speaking, limited self-expression, performance anxiety, and social discomfort. Moreover, an individual will be able to deal with difficult people, overcome the difficulty of saying “no” and achieve goals that will further enhance self-confidence. Moreover, many studies have shown that as far as the effectiveness of online counselling is concerned, it is as effective as face-to-face counselling. Hence, online counselling is an effective way to learn to deal with confidence-related or other mental health issues. And if anyone is experiencing confidence-related issues no matter what the cause is, one should opt for online counselling to get rid of the problem.
Who Are Your Therapists (Featured)
Singapore’s Largest On-demand Therapist Network Each With A Minimum Master’s Degree
Mr. Noel Capel
Master of Arts in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
“I appreciate accompanying people in their journey towards growth using an integrative therapeutic approach that best addresses their needs.”
Miss Miranda Mulyana
Master of Organisational Psychology
“I care about progress in my clients and my work is guided by this value that individuals have their unique strength and it’s about helping them to re-discover their identity and strength to persist in their temporary challenges.”
Mr. Marc Venner
Masters of Arts in Psychotherapy
I believe that listening deeply and empathetically to a fellow human’s experiences, both feelings and behaviour, is an extremely empowering technique.
Miss Sherlyn Choong
Master of Arts in Psychology
“I believe that by equipping clients with the various knowledge and skillsets needed, they can go on to not only help themselves but even others around them.”
Mr. Shasikaran Kalimuthu
Master of Counselling
“I strive to lead others in finding their strengths and courage to confront and make sense of difficult emotions and experiences so they can learn and thrive in their lives and ecosystems.”
Mrs. Khyrana Pambudi
Master of Counselling (Advanced)
“We know change is inevitable, and often comes with a dose of heavy emotions that might affect us negatively. As long as change stands to exist, I will continue to aid my clients in embracing and regulating their mental woes.”
Mr. Aaron Quek
MBA Social Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Counselling youth, executives, professionals, people in business, and retirees looking for something, and seeing people moving forward made my life journey worthwhile.
Miss Anusha Balasingham
Master of Counselling (Advanced)
“I am still learning by taking up more courses while helping many others. I believe that we can work together to take care of your ANTS and heightened emotions.”
Mr. Oliver Ong
Masters of Counselling (Advanced)
With my knowledge and skills, I want to fulfil my personal commitment made to translate them into practice by helping others manage their life struggles.
Miss Sharon Chou
Master of Counselling (Advanced)
“Seeing my clients struggling on the inside, walking through with them, and eventually witnessing them achieving what they deserve in the first place, have always been the biggest satisfaction for me.”
Mr. Kindaichi Lee
Master of Guidance and Counselling
“It has always been my passion to help children and youths to lead extraordinary, fulfilling and purposeful lives. I am also a Certified Mindset & Mental Coach from International Coaching Federation.“
What Users Love About the Share App
"Such a useful and friendly-interface app for individuals who need counselling. ❤️"
"What I like about this app is that I can speak to a Therapist instantly and do not need to wait for an appointment. There is also no pages or form to fill. Easy!"
"(The) Share app is a lifesaver! They are all qualified therapists, I can now get trusted therapy anytime and anywhere."
"I also found the “Draw” and “Chat” functions in the app useful as alternative means for those who can’t express themselves well during the counselling session."
"A great lifesaver when I’m feeling depressed with work and kids stress. I feel much relieved after talking to someone especially an expert whom can really help."
"I love that I get the option to remain anonymous throughout the entire session if I so wish to. I have tried out the Share app and found that it is relatively easy to use and navigate around."
"I was really felt great after my session and boosted up my confidence."
"Thankful to have found the Share app recently which is an online, in-app counselling app which is available 24/7 on-demand. (It) doesn’t let me wait for hours and days for my counselling appointment."
"It is super convenient to use at home, and at a place you're most comfortable in without going out. The app offers instant confirmation of appointment, which means you don't need to wait hours or days."
"...It can feel so depressing especially when I had difficulty falling asleep in the middle of the night. The Share app will be great for struggling mums who just need a listening ear in the wee hours."
"My experience is totally amazing and I’m able to draw something and present it to my counsellor. The app is user-friendly and the layout is colourful.
"My experience with using the (Share) app is like a breeze. The therapist is very friendly and experienced in listening and giving advice. It was really like chatting with a friend."
"I love how convenient it is to connect with a qualified therapist through my mobile phone or tablet."