The Pros and Cons of Phone Therapy, Zoom Therapy, and In-Person Therapy on the Central Coast of NSW


Central Coast Counselling and Therapy

As the demand for mental health services continues to rise, more people on the Central Coast of NSW are seeking therapy to improve their mental well-being. 

Whether you’re considering therapy for the first time or looking to switch up your current method, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of different therapy modalities: phone therapy, Zoom therapy, and in-person therapy. 

This blog post will explore these options, focusing on the unique advantages and disadvantages of each, with a particular emphasis on my two clinic locations in Gosford and Terrigal.

Phone Therapy


  1. Convenience: One of the biggest advantages of phone therapy is its convenience. You can have a session from the comfort of your home, office, or any private location. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with busy schedules or those who have difficulty travelling.
  2. Accessibility: Phone therapy breaks down geographical barriers, making it accessible to clients in remote areas or those who live far from our Gosford and Terrigal clinics.
  3. Anonymity and Comfort: Some clients may find it easier to open up and discuss sensitive issues over the phone, as it provides a degree of anonymity and removes the pressure of face-to-face interaction.


  1. Lack of Visual Cues: One significant drawback of phone therapy is the absence of visual cues. Non-verbal communication, such as facial expressions and body language, plays a crucial role in therapy and is entirely missed over the phone.
  2. Technical Issues: Poor phone connections or background noise can disrupt the flow of a session, potentially hindering the therapeutic process.
  3. Perception of Distance: Some clients may feel a sense of detachment or lack of personal connection when therapy is conducted over the phone.

Zoom Therapy


  1. Face-to-Face Interaction: Zoom therapy offers the benefit of face-to-face interaction, allowing therapists to read visual cues and non-verbal signals. This can enhance the therapeutic connection and provide a more comprehensive understanding of the client’s emotions.
  2. Flexibility and Accessibility: Similar to phone therapy, Zoom therapy is flexible and accessible. It allows clients to receive therapy from anywhere, including the comfort of their own home, reducing the need for travel.
  3. Technological Features: Zoom provides features such as screen sharing and virtual whiteboards, which can be used for therapeutic exercises and visual aids.


  1. Technical Difficulties: Internet connectivity issues, software glitches, and other technical problems can interrupt sessions and cause frustration for both clients and therapists.
  2. Privacy Concerns: Ensuring privacy during Zoom sessions can be challenging, especially for clients who live with others or do not have a private space at home.
  3. Digital Fatigue: Spending extended periods in front of a screen can lead to digital fatigue, which may affect the client’s engagement and concentration during sessions.

In-Person Therapy


  1. Stronger Therapeutic Connection: In-person therapy allows for a deeper and more personal connection between the therapist and client. The physical presence can foster trust and openness, enhancing the therapeutic alliance.
  2. Controlled Environment: At Central Coast Counselling and Therapy, my Gosford CBD clinic and Terrigal beachside clinic provide safe, controlled environments where clients can fully focus on their therapy without external distractions.
  3. Holistic Approach: In-person sessions can incorporate a range of therapeutic techniques that might not be feasible through phone or Zoom therapy, such as art therapy, play therapy, or certain forms of body-oriented psychotherapy.


  1. Travel and Time Commitment: Attending in-person sessions requires travel, which can be time-consuming and inconvenient for some clients, especially those with tight schedules or mobility issues.
  2. Limited Flexibility: In-person therapy offers less flexibility compared to remote options. Clients need to schedule appointments within the operating hours of the clinic and may need to wait longer for available slots.
  3. Geographical Limitations: Clients who live far from our clinics in Gosford and Terrigal may find it difficult to attend regular in-person sessions.

Making the Right Choice for Your Needs

Choosing the right therapy modality depends on your individual needs, preferences, and circumstances. If you value the personal connection and a controlled environment, in-person therapy with Central Coast Counselling and Therapy at our Gosford CBD clinic or Terrigal beachside clinic might be the best choice. On the other hand, if convenience and flexibility are paramount, phone or Zoom therapy could be more suitable.

At our clinics, we offer a range of therapy options to cater to the diverse needs of our clients. Whether you prefer the face-to-face interaction of in-person therapy, the flexibility of Zoom sessions, or the convenience of phone therapy, our experienced therapists are here to support you on your journey to mental well-being.

Booking Your Session

For local residents on the Central Coast of NSW, we invite you to visit our clinics in Gosford and Terrigal. Experience the benefits of in-person therapy in a safe and welcoming environment. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend in person, consider our phone or Zoom therapy options, which provide effective support regardless of your location.

To book a session or learn more about our services, please click here

Your mental health is our priority, and we are committed to providing the best possible care to help you achieve your goals.At

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Nick Bowditch

Nick Bowditch is a motivational speaker, the best-selling author of Reboot Your Thinking and Actually, it IS all about me, and a therapist and coach. He is also a successful (and unsuccessful) entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, inspirational storytelling expert, blogger, podcaster, and a passionate mental health advocate. 

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