Benefits Of Online Therapy

There are many reasons to choose online therapy, either as an alternative to face to face therapy or alongside it. Here are some of the most common reasons to choose online therapy:

  • You can receive therapy at in your own home
  • There’s no need to travel which saves time and money
  • You may feel more comfortable in familiar surroundings
  • You may have time to structure your thoughts and express your feelings
  • You may feel that online therapy offers you more anonymity than face to face therapy

What the Science Says

One of the biggest concerns about online therapy is that therapists don’t have an opportunity to observe the patient—something that is usually integral to an assessment and diagnosis. The tone of voice, body language, and overall demeanor provide insight into an individual’s well-being.

A major component of effective therapy involves the relationship between the therapist and the patient. As online therapy is impersonal (often, it’s completely anonymous), many people have raised concerns about whether digital communication can provide skills, tools, and healing power to individuals staring at a screen.

Despite the concerns, research consistently shows that online treatment can be very effective for many mental health issues. Here are the results of a few studies:

'I got an appointment very quickly with a great therapist'

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