The Huffington Post recently posed the headlined question so as to examine whether or not therapy over the internet was really legit. The answer? It seems to be a yes, depending on what the patient needs.
Here are some highlights from the article:
- “There are a number of studies looking at telemedicine for different kinds of disorders and they tend to be amazingly effective,” Mary Ann Dutton, professor and vice chair for research in the department of psychology at Georgetown University Medical Center.
- Research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of talk therapy, is as good on the telephone or over Skype as it is face-to-face for some mental health conditions.
- A small 2014 study also found that teens who were counseled over the phone for obsessive compulsive disorder found just as much success in treatment as their peers who met therapists face-to-face.
- Researchers in South Carolina found that veterans who experience post-traumatic stress disorder respond just as well to therapy over videoconference to treatment received in office.
The article concludes that receiving quality online therapy is indeed possible. “It’s just a matter of finding the right type of therapist who is a qualified, vetted professional who tries to make the process as transparent as possible”, Dutton said.
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