Before Covid, online therapy was something that only a few therapists were offering. However, being forced to conduct therapy this way due to covid restrictions, opened up a realisation of its value.
Online psychotherapy, is a relatively new form of psychotherapy that has gained significant attention in recent years. Research has shown that online psychotherapy can benefit individuals seeking support.
One of the primary benefits of online therapy that clients have found is increased accessibility. Many people who would otherwise not be able to access psychotherapy due to physical, financial, or other limitations can now receive this service via their computer or mobile device. Online can also eliminate the need for travel and reduce the time and cost associated with in-person psychotherapy
Another benefit of online therapy is increased comfort and convenience. Clients can receive therapy from the comfort of their own homes or other safe and familiar environments, reducing the stress and anxiety often associated with going to a physical therapy office. Online psychotherapy also offers flexibility in scheduling, allowing clients to fit psychotherapy sessions into their busy lives.
Some research has also shown that online therapy can be just as effective as traditional in-person therapy. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online therapy was as effective as in-person therapy in treating depression and anxiety. Additionally, a 2020 study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that online therapy was as effective as in-person therapy in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
Online psychotherapy also offers benefits for therapists. Therapists offering online therapy can expand their client base beyond their geographic location and better manage their schedules.
In conclusion, the research into the benefits of online psychotherapy and my experience working this way has shown that it can be a highly effective and accessible form of mental health treatment. As technology advances and more people seek psychotherapy, online psychotherapy will likely become an increasingly popular and essential option for individuals seeking therapy.
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