What is Online Therapy?
Online therapy, also known as e-therapy, e-counseling, tele-therapy or cyber-counseling, is a relatively new development in mental health in which a therapist or counselor provides psychological advice and support over the Internet. This can occur through e-mail, video conferencing, online chat, or Internet phone. Online therapy can occur in real-time, such as in phone conversations and online chatrooms, or in a time-delayed format, such as through e-mail messages.
The features and benefits include:
Super easy to use — Your therapist sends you an email at your scheduled time; you click on it and you’re there. No plug-ins, downloads or technical skills required.
Convenience – Care can be accessed anytime and anywhere: home, work, school; no more problems getting to your therapist's office because the office is virtual
Flexibility — Because you don’t have to travel to an office, you can schedule times convenient to you, including nights and weekends or over your lunch hour!
Continuity of care — If you've moved, returned to college, travel for your job; teletherapy solves this problem
Privacy — It is HIPAA compliant, encrypted, and secure
Access — Feeling under the weather? Fear going out of your home? Fear the stigma of going to therapy? Live too far away? Now, your therapist comes to you! Re-think traditional therapy with a therapist who comes to you, in your space.
Effectiveness — Studies show that teletherapy is as effective as in person therapy