Facts about Online Therapy
Online therapy is:
- Easy – Online sessions are more flexible, not being restricted by travel and schedules since an hour appointment is just that.
- Economical — Online counselling saves both time and travel costs.
- Effective and Science Based – Treatment is highly structured, applying effective, well researched methods,
- Individualized – We tailor treatment to each client’s individual needs to attain the results they seek,
- Secure – Online sessions meets the highest security requirements to safeguard Protected Health Information
- Confidential – All sessions are confidential, as required by all health professionals
Is online therapy as effective as being physically present?
Online Services are offered by a range of health professionals, including physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists. There is strong evidence that online therapy, is just as effective as physically present psychotherapy. In research trials, online therapy was measured as effective in reducing symptoms as therapy delivered face-to-face by a clinician. Evidence is particularly strong for anxiety, stress and depression. Research also indicates that people are likely to feel less inhibited when using online services. This is particularly helpful with high levels of anxiety. Research also suggests that client satisfaction with outcomes and client-clinician relationships, using email and video conferencing are similar to levels of satisfaction with traditional therapy.
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