I can no longer imagine life without the Internet. I pay my bills through secure websites, catch up with distant friends and family via social media, order take out delivery online, and make most purchases through my computer. As online services become more common, it seems that we'll be using the Internet for just about everything. But, what about psychotherapy through the web? It may seem far-fetched to some, but for others it means being just one click away from receiving much needed help for their mental health condition.
A recent article in the New York Times entitled, The Therapist Will See You Now, Via the Web, featured information on the growth of internet-based counseling services. This piece examines the plight of several different companies that are offering online therapy and weighs in on the potential pitfalls that providing such services can render.
Online counseling can provide clients with convenient and confidential therapy from home. However, there are some drawbacks, including lack of insurance coverage and potential technical difficulties. Find out about the pros and cons of online counseling for panic disorder and decide if it might be right for you.
As a counselor, I know the importance of reading body language and developing a strong therapeutic alliance. Both of which only seem possible through face-to-face meetings. However, I can also empathize with those who find too difficult, whether physically or emotionally, to meet with a therapist in person.
What's your opinion on online counseling? Would you try internet-based counseling? Share your thoughts here or on the forum.