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Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Therapy

Exploring Online Therapy's Benefits and Drawbacks

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Online therapy advantages and disadvantages

Learn more about some of the advantages and disadvantages of online therapy.

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Advantages Of Online Therapy

  1. Online therapy offers access to mental health information to people in rural or remote areas.

  2. Online therapy provides accessibility to individuals who are disabled or housebound.

  3. Online therapy is usually fairly affordable and convenient.

  4. The Internet makes mental health information more accessible. People may feel comfortable talking to friends and family about health care issues, but may not feel the same discussing mental health concerns.

  5. E-therapy can be an important tool to help people learn more about psychological health.

Disadvantages of Online Therapy

  1. Most insurance policies do not cover online therapy.

  2. Concerns about confidentiality, privacy and unreliable technology.

  3. Therapists cannot respond to crisis situations.

  4. Online therapy is not appropriate for those with serious psychiatric illnesses.

  5. E-therapy is not appropriate for people with complicated or detailed problems. The scope of the help provided can be limited.

  6. In most cases, online therapists cannot see facial expressions, vocal signals or body language.

  7. Online therapy eliminates geographic restraints, making the enforcement of legal and ethical codes difficult. Therapists can treat clients from anywhere in the world, and many states have different licensing requirements and treatment guidelines.

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