What is Online Therapy?
Online therapy is a new strategy that licensed mental health professionals are using to reach clients who otherwise would struggle to receive the help they need.
By providing services online a clinician is able to lower costs for treatment, maintain increased anonymity of clients, as well as provide a convenient way for individuals who have busy schedules, live in remote areas, are housebound, or have trouble lining up childcare to attend sessions.
Research suggests that online therapy (also called e-therapy and telemedicine) is as effective as face to face "traditional" therapy. The ability to attend sessions from anywhere with internet access allows for greater adherence and attendence to sessions, greatly improving outcomes through consistent contact with the therapist. Furthermore, the ability to create a strong therapeutic relationship or "working alliance" during online sessions has been proven.
Online therapy works best for individuals with mild to moderate mental health concerns. It is not recommended for individuals suffering from severe mental illness. If you feel, or know you are struggling from a severe mental health condition it is best to contact a local clinician you are able to visit face to face.
It is also important to make sure you understand with whom you are working with. Some online counseling forums, like those used by Korrin, are strict in providing services only from professional, licensed clinicians. However, some allow for coaches, trainers, or "professional listeners" to provide services. To learn more about sessions with Korrin click here.