Is online counseling right for you?

Is online counseling right for you?

Is online counseling right for you?

Online counseling is nothing new. Other terms for online counseling include etherapy, online therapy, cybertherapy, and internet counseling. It has been almost 10 years since I first offered an online consultation. Professionals worried that online counselors were trying to replace traditional face-to-face psychotherapy. Many psychotherapists now offer online counseling or at least use technology to enhance relationships with existing clients.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get a consultation without the hassle of planning or traveling? Many people find that participating in online counseling is easier, more convenient, and more cost-effective. The idea of ​​logging in from home or almost anywhere with the convenience of wireless internet and a laptop is quite appealing.

So how does online counseling work? Email, chat and webcam are the most common delivery methods. Some therapists offer counseling in virtual worlds such as Second Life. But mostly online counseling is text-based, meaning that the usual auditory and visual cues are not available. Some describe email therapy as an exchange of letters. Chat therapy is conversational in style and is more easily compared to the process of traditional psychotherapy. With technological advancements, webcams offer higher resolution images than just a few years ago. Webcams bring the audio and visual components back into the process. Each of these delivery methods can be used alone or in combination with each other.

If you’re interested in online counseling, be sure to choose a therapist who understands the importance of privacy and offers an alternative to traditional chat and email. Ideally, your communication should be secure and encrypted, and there are a variety of free encryption options available that are very user-friendly. Many therapists who practice online have additional education that ideally indicates a certain level of proficiency. Therapists who have received additional training usually list the training on their website. Therapists may choose to become certified as a Distance Accredited Counselor (DCC). This designation implies a basic level of expertise and certification is offered by the Center for Credential Education and the National Board of Certified Counselors. You should also be able to verify the therapist’s other credentials. At a minimum, expect your therapist to be able to practice independently. In the United States, this is usually denoted by a state license.

Organizations that support professionalism in online counseling include the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) ismho.org and the American Distance Counseling Association (ADCA) [http://www.adca-online].

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