The Internet has changed the therapeutic experience for many patients. Rather than traveling to a therapist’s office or treatment center, individuals may be able to find the help they need online.
From anywhere in the world, people can log into their computers using a headset and microphone and participate interactively in individual and group therapy sessions. Online therapy sessions are live in real time and strictly confidential. The patient can see the therapist but the therapist and other participants cannot see the patient.
In most cases, online therapy is used as a complement to other forms of therapy. For those who do not otherwise have access to treatment, online therapy can be an effective alternative to traditional therapies.
One example of online therapy is eGetgoing, a fully accredited online eating disorder and addiction treatment program that combines group therapy, individual counseling and education with a 12-Step philosophy. Each client works with a chemical dependency counselor to create a recovery plan and has the option of attending a six or 12 week course.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE THERAPY?
Online therapy is a convenient way to receive treatment for addictions, eating disorders and other conditions. Some of the benefits of online therapy include:
- Access to high-quality treatment for people in remote areas or who are disabled
- Convenient and private
- Comfortable way to discuss mental health concerns
WHAT CONDITIONS/DISORDERS DOES ONLINE THERAPY TREAT?
Online therapy is becoming an increasingly popular way for adults and adolescents to get treatment for addiction, eating disorders and a wide range of mental health disorders. Online therapy may not be appropriate for individuals with serious psychiatric illnesses or complex dual disorders that require intensive, multidisciplinary treatment.