Luis De La Rosa
Online therapy can be a resourceful tool and if used properly can positively affect the lives of those who utilize it. Online therapy can help a person by providing them with professionally-trained listeners who can help them get to the origin of their problems, overcome emotional obstacles, and make positive changes in their lives. They can receive all this without even leaving the comforts of their home. Online therapy is a great resource for people who feel they need to see a therapist but prefer the inconspicuousness of the online service. As wonderful as all the positive aspects of online therapy may sound there are still many people who are hesitant or refuse to use this wonderful resource made readily available to them. Some believe that online therapy is not secure due to the many cyber criminals plaguing the internet and fear they are vulnerable to them. I reviewed three different online therapy sites to discover how these online therapy sites handle security related issues such as how they protect their client's data in an online setting. I will also investigate how the professional associations and state regulatory boards feel about online therapy.
The first online therapy service I researched was Talkspace, which can be found at http://www.talkspace.com/. Talkspace provides its clients with over three hundred professionally licensed therapists. (Talkspace.com) Talk space begins with the client taking a live assessment with a Talkspace Matching Agent. The Matching Agent explains to the potential client how online therapy works and matches them with a therapist who would best be suited to you and your specific situation.(Talkspace.com) The next step is to select the right online therapy plan for the client depending on their budget, and the clients expressed consent is then taken through an electronic signature they offer unlimited messaging where you...