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This week, Breakthrough provider and author, Arlene Unger, shares Part 1 of her series on internet counseling in the new millennium. This week she helps us understand the recent studies on the effectiveness of video counseling and also clarifies who is a great candidate for online therapy.–
After taking part in the 2nd Annual Virtual Conference on Counseling, I have an even greater appreciation for technology and how it can help in work with families.
The workshops that made up the conference were all available either through 2nd life or as a live stream on the internet. One I attended that really caught my attention was Mediated Relationship Changes, by Katherine Herman and Courtney Holmes. Their presentation dealt with different aspects of family counseling and how it can be approached in new and dynamic ways via technology.
This is a common concern for clients. ‘If I send my information to someone on the internet, how do I really know how my information will be used?’
Well, do you wonder how your primary care physician will use your information? Or your dentist? Chances are that you probably give out the information without giving it a second thought. We use the internet all the time for paying bills and making purchases- both tasks that involve divulging personal information. How is online counseling any different?
Online counseling has both benefits and disadvantages to the user. But how can you even figure out if it might work for you? There are a few factors to consider. Online therapy is very similar to face-to-face (f2f) therapy is that it involves rapport building, communication skills, putting time into the therapeutic relationship, and paying for services. So what do you need to consider if you want to start working with an online therapist?
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
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Let’s face it, you need help. Your friends and family really love you and they will be there to listen and support you, but they are not qualified to help you effectively. They are worried about you and really want you to get better. You clearly need help, and lucky for you, counseling is now easier that ever. You no longer have to set up an inconvenient appointment that barely fits your busy schedule. Breakthrough brings the help you need to your fingertips when you need it. You can contact a qualified mental health professional through the convenience of secure video, phone, email, and even chat! In case you aren’t convinced by Breakthrough’s overview, here are 5 additional reasons why online therapy is for you…