Relevant publications support online therapy for effectiveness
By Amy Novotney
“Research continues to document the promise of technology in psychology practice. A review of more than 100 controlled trials published last year concluded that therapist-guided internet treatments are effective for a wide range of psychological conditions. Evidence is particularly strong around the effectiveness of treating anxiety, stress and depression online. And new services such as text or video therapy provide consumers with greater flexibility.”
By Ellie Kincaid
“Technology offers even more ways to deliver health care without patients actually visiting a doctor. That’s especially true with mental health care, since physical examinations are not usually needed.”
By Sarah Elizabeth Richards
“Most of us could probably benefit from some psychological counseling every now and then, but we’ve got a list of well-worn excuses for why not to commit. It’s time-intensive, it’s expensive, it’s embarrassing. But new e-therapy models are attempting to make mental health services more affordable and accessible than ever.
By Beth Ann Clyde
“‘It’s been around for a few years and it’s amazing the way that it’s grown,’ said Nikki Martinez, Ph.D., LCPC, a Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and therapist ‘I think a lot of it is positive feedback. I think in the beginning people were wary but people are seeing it does benefit them.'”
By Dr. Nikki Martinez
“Another option to keep in mind, due to varying levels of health and ability to leave the home, might be to start with, or pursue telehealth platforms where patients can meet with a therapist virtually. This would help them communicate with a therapist when they are feeling well enough to do so, and would eliminate the constraints of having to set appointments and office visits.”
By Joe Madden
“If you find the idea of baring your soul to a stranger a bit awks, filtering that through instant messaging might be helpful. You won’t get the same connection as with face-to-face counselling, but the semi-anonymity may make it easier to open up if you’ve been drinking two bottles of rum and dancing around in your dead nan’s wedding dress every night.
She first ascertained the scale of my anxiety, what triggers it – social situations, meeting people for the first time – and then dived headlong into my fractious childhood (divorced parents, strained familial relationships, bullied in junior school). She was pretty nosey tbh, but then that’s her job, isn’t it?
Overall, the service is impressively slick. The conversation can be a little stop-starty at times, but it was actually a far smoother and more on-tap experience than I expected. I even got speedy responses to messages over the weekend, which was unexpected.”
Telemedicine and mHealth; Driving Cost Savings and Improving the Quality of Healthcare around the World
By Nikki Martinez
“In the field of psychology, this has been a game changer both for the treatment of patients and for the wellbeing of both patient and mental health providers. Patients have more flexibility, because location and schedule are no longer a barrier, and they have more choice of providers. The patient is no longer limited by having to choose a limited number of providers in network, so they can truly make a decision based on rightness of fit. Mental health professionals are able to see more patients with less overhead expenses, and have a more flexible schedule since they are no longer tied to an office. This also enables professionals who have to work remotely for various reasons, to continue to do the work they love. Providers have mobile-based platforms for professionals to connect with those seeking assistance with mental health concerns.”
By Amy Novotney
“The site also offers members the option to schedule live video and phone sessions with their therapists, though Barlevy worked mainly with clients via the site’s unlimited asynchronous messaging service. They messaged her about many of the same issues her face-to-face therapy clients were dealing with, including stress, anxiety and relationship issues, among other concerns, and she messaged them back with questions, feedback, insights and guidance. They benefited from easier access to therapy, which particularly helps people in rural areas who may not be able to drive an hour each way to see a therapist face-to-face.”
“A new study from Enitan Marcelle, a UC Berkeley researcher, and Dr. Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., from the Berkeley Well-Being Institute, supports that high-quality online counseling is a viable alternative to face-to-face counseling and in some cases could lead to better outcomes.
The study tested improvement in depression symptoms among 317 participants who had been receiving counseling. All participants had been working with a licensed therapist through the platform for a period of three months or longer.”
By Sarah Fader
“Virtual Therapy is becoming increasingly popular in our modern world. There are several companies that provide this service to busy professionals, people who have severe anxiety disorders and cannot leave their homes, students that are occupied with their hectic college lifestyles, and just the every day person who is into trying new things”
By Joshua Fruhlinger
“My therapist asked the same kinds of thought-provoking questions as the traditional therapists I worked with in the past. (What is it about your future that you’re unsure of? Can you tell me about your old life and what is different now?) Because of the continuing, open-ended nature of the text chat, however, she helped me identify anxiety triggers and coping mechanisms much faster than it would have taken had we met only once a week. What’s more, I came to find that launching the site on my smartphone or laptop and writing out my thoughts became therapeutic in itself.”