ONLINE THERAPY FAQ'S

ARE YOU WONDERING: ''IS ONLINE THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?''

Not necessarily. There are multiple reasons why people may choose online therapy. Here are common reasons: 

1. Finding a therapist that can treat a specific condition

2. Meetings can be easier to fit into a busy schedule

3. It may be easier to find a therapist who speaks their native language

4. Frequent travels/nomadic lifestyle

5.  Living in a rural area with limited access to services

6. Feeling safer in the comfort of their home

Still wondering: ”is online therapy right for me?” Find more information here.

A review published  in the Telemedicine Journal and E-health concluded that: 

”Telemental health is effective and increases access to care. Future directions suggest the need for more research on service models, specific disorders, the issues relevant to culture and language, and cost”  (Hilty, & al., 2013)

Still wondering: Does online therapy work? Consult this article. 

Hilty, D.M.,  Ferrer, D.C.,  Burke Parish, M., Jonhston, B., Callahan, E.J., & Yellowlees, P.M. (2013) The Effectiveness of Telemental Health. Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, 19, 6, 444-454. 

Various factors may influence costs of online therapy. Personally, I charge 95 CAD$/session to ensure accessibility of my online therapy services. 

United-States and Canadian rates tend to be higher (up to 200 USD$) than European rates. In private practice, online therapy rates may depend on the therapist: sliding-scale policy, experience, location and specialization. 

 Find more information about the cost of Online Therapy here.

Though this field of research is relatively new it seems that result up to now are overall largely positive (Turvey & Myers, 2013). 

It seems that ”telemental health is effective for diagnosis and assessment across many populations (adult, child, geriatric, and ethnic) and for disorders in many settings (emergency, home health) and appears to be comparable to in-person care. In addition, this review has identified new models of care (i.e., collaborative care, asynchronous, mobile) with equally positive outcomes.”  (Hilty, et al., 2013) 

Hilty, D.M.,  Ferrer, D.C.,  Burke Parish, M., Jonhston, B., Callahan, E.J., & Yellowlees, P.M. (2013) The Effectiveness of Telemental Health. Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, 19, 6, 444-454. 

Turvey, C.L. & Myers, K. (2013) Research in Telemental Health: Review and Synthesis. Telemental Health, 397-419. 

For detailed information about the effectiveness of Online Therapy click here. 

Procedure for online therapy highly depends on the platform you are using or the therapist you are working with. 

Most therapists use secure and confidential platform such as: Doxy or Zoom as these platforms are HIPPA-compliant (insure confidentiality). 

Here are the usual steps to start online therapy: 

  1. Contact the therapist. The initial contact should be free of charge. 
  2. Plan a first session
  3. During the first session discuss your: difficulties, needs, expectations, concerns, the therapist rate, etc. 
  4. Both you and the therapist decide if it is appropriate for you to start online therapy. 
  5. If not: the therapist should refer you to appropriate resources 
  6. If online therapy with that therapist is right for you. You plan to start an online therapy process. 

For information about how to prepare for you online therapy session click here. 

Whether or not online therapy is right for you highly depends on the nature of your difficulties and the level of severity. 

Online therapy may not be appropriate for someone who is in acute crisis and in need of a more intensive level of care. 

Most therapist, like me, offer the first therapy session for free. This is an opportunity for you to discuss and assess with the therapist you have chosen if online therapy is right for you. 

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All therapeutic processes have their pros and cons. Here’s a summary of a few of the online therapy potential pros and cons.

PROS: 

  • Convenience.  
  • It may be easier to find the right fit with a therapist. 
  • Accessibility. 
  • Discretion. 
  • Flexibility
  • Affordability. 

CONS:

  • Potential technical problems. 
  • Online therapy is not suitable for crisis or acute mental health difficulties. 
  • Some people may be uncomfortable with the online format.
  • In some countries, online therapy may not be covered by insurances. 

Click here for detailed information about online therapy pros and cons or watch this video. 

Benefits associated with online therapy may be similar to offline therapy and be beneficial in the treatment of various mental health difficulties. 

Moreover, as stated above. here are some of the advantages of online therapy: 

  • Convenience.  
  • It may be easier to find the right fit with a therapist. 
  • Accessibility. 
  • Discretion.  
  • Flexibility
  • Affordability. 

 Click here for more information regrading The Benefits of Online Therapy. 

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