Technology has moved into areas never before considered. One of those is providing mental health therapy online. Depending on your mental health challenges, this may be a way to get help without visiting a therapist’s office.
One of the advantages of online therapy is the ability to have access to a broader network of therapists. It’s easier to find one that suits your personality, your needs, and help you meet your long-term mental health goals. You’re able to continue your therapy sessions wherever you are, and it’s still confidential. Many companies use the same encryption technology that worldwide banks use.
World Psychiatry, the official journal of the World Psychiatric Association, has done a number of research trials and found that, for some cognitive behavior therapy, it’s as effective as face-to-face therapy. Even free online therapy is available. However, do your own research, study the credentials of the therapist, and be sure to take the therapist’s advice if he or she believes you need face-to-face therapy. Mentalhealth.gov also offers answers to questions and advice on how to choose a therapist.