How Psychotherapy Online Can Still Be Effective

Psychotherapy online can be a reasonable substitute for the standard one to one interaction which normally takes place during a psychotherapy session. The techniques of psychotherapy are becoming increasingly well known, due to publicity through the media and the inevitable word of mouth recommendations which occur when someone finds something which works for them. Many would also like to take advantage of these techniques, but do not have the means or the opportunity to physically attend sessions, and for these people online treatments are a good substitute.

The goals of online psychotherapy are, of course, exactly the same as the goals for psychotherapy of any other kind. They are to improve the mental condition of the patient, so that they are able to cope with situations or people which would otherwise have been difficult for them. This usually happens through a one on one interaction between patient and practitioner, over the course of many months. It goes without saying that this type of treatment is not going to be cheap, when you add up the expense of all the sessions. With online sessions, you are still going to need to pay for the time of the practitioner, but there will be no travel expenses.

There are very few difficulties posed by trying to carry out therapy sessions online. In the first place, you will need to find a therapist you can trust. This is the most important consideration of all, as the input from the therapist is the most significant factor in successful therapy. It is easier to find a therapist which will be compatible now than it has ever been before, thanks to the information which you can glean from the Internet. You will find it easier to have initial consultations with the practitioner before making any firm commitments, often at no charge.

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If you are a practitioner and you want to offer psychotherapy online, there are several factors to consider. Firstly, you will not need to spend so much money on hiring or buying a treatment room. Whereas a room used for physical consultations needs to be immaculately presented, and to have the right ambiance of tranquility and calm, online consultations can effectively be carried out from anywhere. It is still important to feel comfortable in your surroundings, but there is no need to be fanatical as to decoration. You can also rent a room in a less fashionable neighborhood, as you are not trying to entice people to go there.

There are no special qualifications you will need for online psychotherapy, beyond the degree you will already need to become licensed as a psychotherapy practitioner. You will obviously need to be fully computer literate and have experience of using Internet based communication systems, and you will need to advertise your services online so that you can be found by those who are searching for you. Many practitioners choose to offer the online service in conjunction with also offering live appointments, and this can be a way of diversifying your income.


Practicing psychotherapy online is one way of reaching people who could not otherwise be reached, including people in other countries on the other side of the world. This can be especially useful for therapists who live in rural areas which only offer a very limited potential clientele. If you don't want to move to a city or even rent a room there for a few days a week, you may still be able to run your business without the need to move. There are many people seeking this treatment, and a full time living is definitely possible with psychotherapy online.

Author: Marc Knox