Written by: Nick Bloodworth, LMFT
There are many benefits to in-home counseling. But before we review them we need to answer the question: What is “in-home counseling?” This type of counseling is when a counselor travels to the home to conduct the therapy session. This was quite common back in the early 1900s and was great for client attention and quality of the therapy session. In a professional counseling setting, there are advantages to having in-home counseling for both the client and the counselor. I have been providing in-home counseling for years and can definitely see the advantages of this style of setting for therapy. Here are some advantages of in-home counseling.
The Environment: If a counselor is able to see a client in the home, they are able to gain environmental insights. The location and how a person lives tell a counselor more about the client and the things they might be struggling with.
Using the home for therapy: Counselors can use the natural surroundings of your home to create better therapy interventions more specific to your individual needs. Counseling could be extended to going for a walk so that it is not limited to the home. Counselors are able to model interventions for clients in the home. These might look like a counselor doing behavior modification with a child during a time in which the child may be acting out. Someone struggling with social anxiety can be helped by the therapist in-home by going outside for a walk and “walking” them through their feelings and thoughts in the moment.
Family: With permission, counselors can speak with family members that are unable to come to the office which helps the counselor gain more knowledge to be able to design a specific treatment plan. As counselors, we recognize that more than one family member usually plays a role in the problem. Family therapy is beneficial in the home as all members can be present and the counselor can observe how everyone interacts with each other in a more comfortable setting. I have found that families are more comfortable at home and don’t feel “pressured” as they would in an office setting.
Accessibility: Barriers are often an issue in counseling that we try to overcome no matter what it may be. Some clients may not drive a car, have physical limitations that make it hard to get out of the home and therefore can’t make it to therapy consistently. In-home counseling reduces this barrier which reaches a wider range of client’s on top of ensuring all clients’ get the quality of care they need on a consistent basis.
When it comes to counseling there are always challenges. In-home counseling takes a lot of barriers out of the way and can provide more therapeutic interventions to be utilized and more modeling opportunities for the specific clients to help in being more successful towards reaching the goals set by the client.