Online therapy, also called teletherapy, virtual therapy, “Skype counseling,” and telemental health counseling, uses live videoconferencing technology (through a personal computer with a webcam or a mobile device with two-way camera capability) to connect a client and therapist at two different sites for the purpose of conducting counseling/therapy.
A growing number of clients have found online therapy to be helpful and convenient. You can attend sessions from a private, secure location, such as your home or office, if you have a good internet connection. This can make it possible to attend therapy even if you have an illness or physical limitation that prevents you from leaving home or driving. It may make continuity in therapy possible when your job requires travel. As a speaker, author, and sex therapy trainer, I often travel; online therapy makes it possible for my clients to have weekly sessions with me–even when I am traveling. If you live in a rural area or desire to work with a therapist with specialized training (such as a sex therapist or couples therapist), online therapy is one way to access competent therapy.
Although there are several advantages to online therapy, there can be drawbacks. Not all problems are appropriate for online therapy. Couples therapy often is more effective in person and high conflict couples usually need in person therapy. Also, technology can be erratic, you may not have the necessary equipment, your location may have poor internet speed, or you may just prefer to meet with your therapist in a face-to-face office setting.
If you have questions regarding online therapy, I am happy to discuss your concerns or questions with you.