Teletherapy, also known as online therapy, e-therapy, or video therapy, is any remote therapy that uses a virtual platform to help therapists and clients communicate. If you’ve ever used FaceTime or Skype, it’s essentially the same thing – except more secure and with a qualified professional at the other end instead of a distant friend or relative.
Teletherapy is similar to, and has been shown to be as effective as, traditional, in-person therapy. Studies have shown that teletherapy can provide individuals with the necessary help and guidance needed to tackle a wide range of mental and behavioral issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship difficulties. Teletherapy has been around since the 1990s, though it has grown in availability over the last few years, as people’s access to the internet has increased.
Is Teletherapy Effective?
Teletherapy can be as effective as in-person therapy for a wide range of ages. Its effectiveness, just like traditional therapy, will be further enhanced if there is consistency and active participation on the part of both the mental health professional and the client.
Teletherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of people with a diverse set of circumstances and experiences. A multitude of services can be offered through online platforms, including individual and group therapy, assessment of psychological and behavioral problems and speech and occupational therapy.