Online Therapy Paper
“Online therapy, also known as e-therapy, e-counseling, tele-therapy or cyber-counseling, is a relatively new development in mental health in which a therapist or counselor provides psychological advice and support over the Internet” (Cherry, 2015). This paper will discuss three online sites that offer varying types of online therapy. First, we will examine the content of each therapy site, the professionals involved, and how the actual online interaction occurs. After discussing the therapy sites, we will inspect how professional associations and state regulatory boards address, treat, and refer to online therapy. Then we will address related security issues and ethical issues, such as informed consent and confidentiality. Finally, we will talk about how client data is protected in an online therapy setting. I will conclude the paper with my opinion of the advantages and disadvantages of online therapy services.
MyTherapyNet.com was founded in 2000 and features the choice of, different self-employed therapists, by their specialization. Because each therapist is self-employed, the rates for services will vary. For someone who is new to online therapy, the site makes it easy to browse the licenses therapists on the site. Once a client finds a therapist, the process of booking an appointment is simple with a six-step process. Aside from the ease of choosing a therapist, the site offers different Internet technologies to conduct therapy sessions. The first technology is chat therapy, which utilizes a keyboard to connect with a therapist. However, the site also offers audio and video technology which means the client must have a microphone and webcam to communicate (MyTherapyNet.com, 2015).
The MyTherapyNet.com website also presents a pleather of additional information from HIPAA regulations to information about online privacy. The site does an excellent job ensuring clients feel safe about choosing the...