Online Therapy: Does it Work?

by HealthforLife

Online therapy is growing in popularity. One thing that seems to be keeping it from becoming more mainstream is the fact that people tend to be unsure about how effective it is.

According to recent news stories, online therapy is slowly but surely growing in popularity. One thing that seems to be keeping it from becoming more mainstream is the fact that people tend to be unsure about how effective it is. For one reason or another, the concept of sitting down for a therapy session with a person who isn't in the same room strikes many people as strange. To be successful, however, therapy does not necessarily have to be conducted on a face-to-face basis. While therapy by phone doesn't appeal to most patients, therapy by Internet is becoming more and more accepted. Learn more about why some people think it works - and others don't - below.

Communication Matters

To many people's way of thinking, the only way to conduct a successful therapy session is by laying the groundwork with effective communication. Traditionally, that communication has taken place in person. Patients travel to therapists' offices and meet with them there. Online therapy like Live Person therapy, however, takes place in a face-to-face way too. The big difference is that the participants aren't physically in the same room. However, they can still see one another and communicate clearly and effectively with one another too.

Is it Too Impersonal?

One argument against online therapy that is commonly thrown around is that it is simply too impersonal. Although the participants can see one another, it isn't quite the same as being in the same room. If the two people are in extremely distant locations, that feeling may be even more pronounced. However, a talented and experienced therapist should be able to overcome this issue. By drawing a patient in and listening to him closely, a good therapist can make it feel as if there is no distance between himself and his patient at all.

Convenience Matters

While face-to-face therapy sessions may be the first choice of many people, the fact of the matter is that people are busier today than ever. Finding the time to travel to a therapist's office can be just about impossible. If the two choices are between using online therapy and forgoing therapy altogether, the choice is clear. Regular therapy sessions can make a huge difference in a person's life. They are easy to schedule online. At any rate, there is no harm in giving it a try.

Online Therapy Can Feel Like a Face-to-Face Session with a Great Therapist
Online Therapy Can Feel Like a Face-to-Face Session with a Great Therapist

How Effective is Online Therapy?

One way to gauge the effectiveness of online therapy is by giving it a try yourself. If you already meet with a therapist in person, you should try scheduling one online session in the near future. Keep an open mind and see how it goes. Does it feel that different from meeting with a therapist face to face? Even if it does, doesn't the convenience of not having to travel anywhere make up for it? You should also keep in mind that it may take a while to get used to online therapy, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't work.

There is no pressing need for a therapist to be in the same room as you. The important thing about therapy is communication. The Internet makes it possible to communicate effectively without being in the same place. While the idea may be strange to many, it is sure to become more accepted in time. The exceptional benefits of online therapy - most notably, the fact that it allows people to sit down for sessions without leaving home - are sure to make it more and more popular. At any rate, there is no harm in trying it out for yourself.

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Updated: 12/07/2011, HealthforLife
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HealthforLife on 02/13/2012

Well thank you katiem2. I agree with you on the level of privacy and it is extremely convenient!

katiem2 on 02/13/2012

Interesting, I do know of couples who've used the power of the internet to get some guided and informative direction. This may be the best solution for many as it gives them a different level of privacy to open up and really get to the heart of the matter. Very interesting indeed.

HealthforLife on 12/30/2011

Thank you Samsons1! Look forward to sharing more in the near future!

samsons1 on 12/29/2011

Welcome to Wizzley, will be looking for more of your work. This is a well written article and the idea may have merit in this ever busy computer age...

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