Online Therapy: What Are The Benefits?

online therapy CaliforniaWhat is Online Therapy?

Online therapy works exactly like in-person therapy but via the Internet with the use of technology. Online therapy is also known as e-therapy, distance therapy, internet counseling and web counseling.

Online therapy may include:

text-counseling

video counseling

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phone-therapy

Evidence supports the efficacy of online therapy and it has become a popular alternative to in-office or in-person therapy.  Online therapy is often sought out by people who can’t find time for in-office therapy, or are looking for more affordable options.

There are some people who prefer in-person therapy, but online therapy is an equally viable option and works for the majority of clients.

Is There Research Backing Up Online Therapy?

Online counseling was slightly more effective at treating depression than face-to-face counseling.

-Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013

Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy helped reduce PTSD symptoms and results lasted long after therapy was over.                                

 — American Journal of Psychiatry, November 2007

The Effects of online therapy outlasted the results of face-to-face counseling in a large study involving 500 patients.                                                                    

 Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013

The first large-scale assessment of online counseling found that after implementing telehealth, psychiatric hospitalizations decreased by an average of 25%.        

– Psychiatric Services, 2012

Are Online Video Therapy Sessions Secure?

Unlike generic video platforms such as Skype or Facetime that may be used by other therapists, Elika MFT’s client therapy portal is designed specifically for secure, HIPAA- compliant therapy sessions because Elika is as concerned about protecting your privacy as you are.

How is my personal health information (PHI) protected?

Elika’s online client portal is a HIPAA-compliant company and adheres to all HIPAA policies and regulations.

Are therapy sessions recorded?

No, to ensure privacy and security of data, video and phone sessions are neither recorded nor stored. Messages sent via the portal can be stored securely and safely for later review.

What Steps Can  I Take To Keep Information Safe & Secure?

·        Always log out of your account if you use a shared computer or electronic device.

·        Keep your password secure to limit unauthorized access.

·        Use earplugs for phone sessions.

·        A sound-proof environment is encouraged for video and/or phone sessions.

·        Make sure your text messages are not backed up to the cloud if using your cell phone.

What Is The Disadvantage of e-therapy?

Online therapy is not meant for crisis counseling.  *People who are in immediate danger to themselves or others should call a suicide hotline or dail 911.

Online therapy is not recommended for kids. Teenage clients may benefit from online counseling with parental consent.

By offering convenient and effective online counseling, Elika MFT provides greater scheduling flexibility and increases client satisfaction.

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