Online therapy refers to the practice of receiving counseling over the Internet. In a sense, online therapy does not differ much from the activity of receiving counseling over the phone, which has been practiced by countless people throughout the years. Traditionally, counseling or therapy sessions are held in a licensed therapist’s office. When the telephone became a primary mode of communication, telephone counseling services became popular. This provided patients with the convenience of being able to hold sessions without having to physically visit their therapist. With the advent of the Internet, a new venue was merely taken advantage of.
Online therapy still requires that the person on the other end of the “line” is a licensed therapist. The sad truth, however, is that there are many online therapists who claim to have valid credentials, but may not be licensed in reality. The anonymity that the Internet provides becomes a disadvantage in this case. It is thus vital that, before you take on the services of an online therapist, you are sure that he or she has valid credentials.
Validating credentials aside, there are many advantages to seeking the services of an online therapist instead of going to a clinic. There is the convenience factor, of course. There is also the fact that most online therapists charge less for their services. This is quite logical as online therapists will have less overhead expenses as compared to having an office where sessions are held.
It is also essential that you understand that not all conditions are suited to online therapy. For people with severe mental and emotional problems, face to face therapy may be the best option.