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June 16, 2013
Counseling

Counseling

While we may all be quite skeptical at first, new studies about online therapy suggest that real-time online or phone therapy can be quite successful in helping people through cognitive behavioral therapy.

In a study found on CNN health, 113 people participated in online therapy for four months. 38 percent reported they recovered from depression as compared with only 24 percent of the people in the control group of the study. Sessions were 55 minutes and at least five sessions were completed within the four month time period. Benefits were maintained at eight months, with 42 percent of the online participants reporting recovery from their depression with 26 percent of the control group. Here too, sessions were 55 minutes each and the number of total sessions during the second eight-month period varied based on how many of the total of ten sessions were completed after the first four-month review.

How to Contact

How to Contact

Experts say the Internet has enormous potential for psychotherapy, especially for reaching people who do not have the ability for in-person care. Some people may find that by not having to interact face to face, they can prevent feelings of embarrassment and stigmatizing that often concerns them when they talk about certain things; and thus be more willing and open to talk freely and honestly.

Internet-based therapy may appeal to some people who may not otherwise seek out the help of a counselor or psychologist. While it is not something that is covered by managed care and insurances yet, the cost factor is substantially less.

In a previous article I spoke about the intimacy factor that online dating can provide. Even without having the visual component to be able to pick up on body language and visual cues, the level of honesty and intimacy that can be achieved without the distraction of visual cues is quite amazing.

It is this potential of the same deep level of honesty and intimacy that increases the degree of success that can be achieved through online and phone therapy and that makes possible outcomes so exciting and hopeful.

Some of the issues online therapy can provide a solid basis for are:
* Learning Realistic Expectations of Self and Others
* Improved Self-Understanding and Self-Management
* Conflict-Resolution Skills
* Positive Self-Talk
* Beginning a Meditation Regime
* Exercise and Healthier Eating
* Improved and Regular Relaxation and Rest
* Stress-Management Techniques
* Life-Improvement Skills

Hope

Hope

Many online therapists offer cut rate or free initial intake sessions. Although these may not require the same financial investment as a regular session, they are of utmost importance. Taking time to providing sincere well-thought-out responses to the assessment questions is strongly advised. It is the beginning of your relationship with your online therapist and a crucial time to be completely open and honest with as much detail as you can provide.

Although the idea of phone or online therapy may not be everybody’s cup of tea, it may be a very worthwhile alternative for some of that added support you’ve been seeking.

ABOUT ME

I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. I combine professional experience in the mental health field along with my love of writing to provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. I hope my down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life is easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

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