eTherapy is commonly called Online Therapy or Online Counseling and refers to psychological services offered by email, chat, and webcam. Clients speak to a qualified online psychologist to get help with their psychological problems, questions and concerns, often from the comfort of their own home. Thus, e Therapy allows for individuals to seek the help they might need in a confidential, convenient, and if desired, anonymous manner.
Current studies show that this form of therapy can be just as beneficial to the client as the classic face-to-face therapy approach. This form of therapy is particularly beneficial for individuals who:
|• Do not have access to a therapist nearby|
|• Are anxious or embarrassed about going to therapy|
|• Do not have the time to get to and from a therapist's office|
|• Travel extensively for work|
|• Live in a foreign country and do not speak the language|
|• Can not get to a therapist due to lack of mental or physical capability|
|• Are depressed and unmotivated|
|• Have small children at home and are the primary care giver|
Clients having Individual Online Therapy simply schedule an appointment through the PsyShrink Bookings Calendar. Regardless of the method of communication we use (i.e., chat or web-cam) we contact you at your scheduled appointment time and we discuss your concerns and/or problems for approximately 50 mins.
The amount of individual Online Therapy sessions you might have is dependent on a number of factors, including the nature of your concern/problem, if you are committed to change, and/or if you feel you are reaching your therapeutic goals or not. Some of our clients only require a single session to discuss a specific problem or concern. Other clients have regularly scheduled appointments each week for several months. While there are others who schedule appointments as needed to discuss their concerns, questions and progress when they feel it is necessary.
Some forms of Online Therapy require that you be comfortable with using a computer and with expressing yourself in writing (e.g., email and instant messaging). If you are not comfortable, then perhaps webcam is a better option for you. Also, you should keep in mind that technologies can fail to function properly at times. And, safeguards must be considered to protect your privacy. If other people have access to your computer, the confidentiality of your Online Therapy session may be breached. For more information on ethics and privacy in Online Therapy, please follow this link.
IMPORTANTLY, Online Counseling is not suited to address all psychological concerns and are considered less intensive treatment options. These forms of therapy should not be used as a form of crisis intervention. If you are in crisis and feel that you are a risk to your self or others, then you need to immediately contact a local authority. For links to hotlines that may be in your area, please follow this link.