Updated: Nov 25, 2021
You may have noticed a stark increase in the amount of telehealth options becoming available. But in the counseling world, is all teletherapy created equal? How does it even work? By the end of this post, you’ll learn how (and if) teletherapy works and what to ask to make sure you’re receiving ethical, high quality teletherapy services.
Telehealth v. Teletherapy
Online counseling has many names - teletherapy, internet therapy, telepsychology, E-therapy . . . the list goes on. The important distinction is that the term “telehealth” is an umbrella term that encompases all types of health care in which services are provided electronically, via an online platform. Teletherapy is one type of telehealth as it provides psychotherapy services to people through a HIPPA secure, online platform.
So don’t let yourself get confused about the terms. Teletherapy, or online counseling, is simply a method of providing the same evidence-based services you may be used to receiving in your therapists office, from the comfort of your own home!
Effectiveness of Teletherapy
Some individuals are hesitant to try teletherapy because they are not sure if online counseling is as effective as meeting with a therapist in person. Don’t let this stop you!