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Discover the freedom and benefits of online therapy. Telehealth is an ideal solution for individuals seeking emotional help and guidance, but are somehow restricted by their location, budget, mobility, schedule, or other factors. Online counseling, has grown significantly in popularity over recent years and has shown to be as effective as traditional in-person therapy for many.

Not only is online therapy convenient, for some it is the difference between seeking the needed treatment or not. Online therapy meets you where you are, and can often be the best solution for a particular individual’s situation. If you and your therapist have a webcam on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, all you need is an internet connection to facilitate a face-to-face conversation that can help you reach your therapeutic goals. Additionally, follow-up conversations can easily be addressed via text message or email. Finding an online therapist can be a convenient and effective way to receive expert mental health support from the comfort of your home. With flexible scheduling options and a wide range of licensed professionals to choose from, online therapy can help you prioritize your mental well-being.


Happy couple sitting on couch with their laptop smiling while engaged in an online couples therapy session with their therapist. Studies continue to show online therapy is an effective way of conducting many forms of psychotherapy. In addition, having the opportunity to access qualified therapists online has made these vital mental health services available, and often more appealing, to thousands of individuals who might not have been able to access or afford treatment in the past. From services offered at discounted rates, to discrete and comfortable solutions for people who feel uncomfortable talking about their issues, online therapy makes counseling more convenient.

Some of the advantages of online therapy include:

  • Easier to access for those with geographical restrictions
  • More appealing to people who fear the stigma of seeking out therapy
  • Can be less expensive than seeing a therapist in-person
  • Convenient for those with time constraints
  • Greater comfort – some people prefer talking to a therapist from the comfort of their own home
  • Correspondence can be saved for future reference
  • Access to a range of medical health professionals including psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, hypnotherapists, and more.


Image of laptop and icons used to illustrate how online therapy works, and the technology needed for an online therapy session. Online therapy is very similar to typical in-office therapy, the only major difference is that access to your therapist is over a computer. In fact, working with a therapist from a distance is not a new concept. Sigmund Freud and other early practitioners often turned to letters to keep in touch with their patients regularly. Historically, patients have needed guidance and feedback through a range of different formats in addition to the traditional face-to-face conversation. As the internet and personal computers became more prevalent, new opportunities for distance-based therapies emerged within the mental health environment. Telepsychology services began in the form of online support groups and self-help forums, followed by instant messaging services and then quickly evolved to webcam-based conversations that allow for virtual face-to-face conversations. In recent times, online video therapy has become very popular because it offers many benefits for both clients and therapists.

Typically your therapist will provide you with a teletherapy software platform with a secure client portal to conduct regular online therapy sessions, as well as complete any required paperwork and billing information. Many of the new client intake steps are handled online prior to your first session. In addition, future appointment booking, communication, session payment, even treatment plans and progress notes are now managed online for most therapists. These technology integrations have lead to a more efficient experience than ever before. Online therapy has proven to be a convenient and easy-to-access solution for both mental health professionals and their clients. Online therapy is changing the way that a lot of us look at counseling, and has quickly emerged as a wonderful resource for a large number of consumers. Would online therapy make a difference in your life and help you toward a healthier state of living?


Type of Treatment – Today, online counseling is accepted as an effective treatment for a range of psychological issues including mood disorders like anxiety and depression to guidance during times of stress, life transitions, relationship problems, and more. However, online counseling may not be a match for every situation. Individuals with severe psychological issues may need to supplement their telehealth treatment with more traditional in-office sessions. Many mental health professionals offer a combination of online and in-office sessions to their clients. In addition, there are several robust online support groups and wellness apps available to individuals looking to augment their regular therapy sessions. For many, online therapy has become a more cost-effective approach to treatment, especially if they are using self-pay. Plus, many therapists offer free online therapy consultations in order to see if they are a good fit for you.

Therapeutic Match – Just like any form of therapy, it’s important to remember that choosing the right online therapist is crucial. For your treatment to be successful, you need to feel comfortable with the person that you’re speaking to – even if it’s through video calls and emails. Because of this, it may be a good idea to set up a free online therapy consultation with several potential therapists to ensure you find the right therapist for you. Additionally, you may want to find out if the therapist you choose has a physical location you can visit, in case you feel that you need face-to-face interaction at any stage.

Therapy Expertise – It is also critical you choose a therapist with the proper experience and credentials needed to assist with your particular situation. Depending on your state or country, licensure requirements may vary. However, all psychologists and other mental health professionals within the United States must be licensed by the state in which they practice, unless they complete a multi-state interjurisdictional certification like PSYPACT. Internationally licensure requirements are by country. Search the TherapyTribe directory today to find an online therapist that’s right for you.


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