Learn About Online Therapy
Online therapy may be a comfortable, convenient way for you to begin opening up to another person and trying out the idea of online therapy, or you may already be familiar with therapy and choose this option for the added convenience and privacy it offers. Online therapy is a new arena and with it comes a lot of debate about ethical concerns such as the performance of therapy across state lines, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to protect confidentiality of client records. Online therapy is usually fairly affordable and convenient.
Clearly, many practitioners who are well-trained and well-experienced in providing “psychotherapy” or counseling of one type or another, are enthusiastically embracing the opportunity which Internet-facilitated communication affords. After an extended period of discussing ethical considerations, the work has come to embrace some meaningful examination of the nature of “online therapy” itself, and the various ways in which the Internet can facilitate therapeutic processes and outcomes, whether through support, counseling, therapy, or (for lack of a better term) professionally-moderated self-help. By the same token, it may reduce the spontaneity or “free association” which is the basis for many of the “non-specific” factors of psychotherapy. Some psychotherapists like to point out that Freud was actually a pioneer in biblio therapy, and found some patients entirely amenable to analysis via written posts.
Online therapy is not appropriate for those with serious psychiatric illnesses. Online therapy shares many similarities to traditional therapy, but is also different in some ways. Online therapy is a great service that has helped many people, but you do need to be careful.