Web-based and Tele-therapy

What is Web-Based Therapy?

With the click of a mouse, you can have instant access to therapy. Have you ever wanted to take the psychotherapy out of the therapist’s office and into whatever location you are connected to the Internet? Now, you certainly can. Using the Web can be convenient for the many people who are comfortable using the Internet and looking for help.

Technology can contribute to an evolution in how people receive psychotherapy or work with a psychotherapist. Researchers are taking great interest in tele-therapy and tele-health, evaluating how well it works, especially compared to in-person, in-office psychotherapy sessions.

Web-based therapy and Telephone-based therapy have a lot of promise and offer benefits that in-person psychotherapy can not.

  • It can be convenient. Online and telephone therapy can take less time away from the office or your workday or worry about traffic. No need to travel miles to meet up with your psychologist. Dial a number or log in to a site, and the session can happen wherever you are comfortable.
  • If you’re not interested in using health insurance for psychotherapy, this can be a benefit. 
  • Online communication is very comfortable for many people, especially younger adults or those who use technology often. More people are using email, webinars and text messaging to communicate, and it can seem more comfortable or easier than talking to someone in person, especially when revealing personal or private information.
  • It can provide access to those who can’t get to an office. In some rural communities, the nearest therapy office may be an hour or two drive away. Some people with chronic illnesses or disabilities may not be able to drive or easily. able to leave their home. In these situations, Web- or telephone-based therapy may be their only option for help.