Does Online Therapy Work?
Yes, online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. In a meta-analysis of internet-based therapeutic interventions found no difference in online therapy’s effectiveness to traditional face-to-face therapy.
An integral factor to the success of all types of therapy is the therapeutic relationship, which includes the level of understanding, trust, empathy, and presence that exists between the therapist and client. Video conferencing software such as “Jane” allows therapist to interact with clients virtually in the same way they could if you were in their office.
Why Online Therapy Might Be Better?
There are benefits of online therapy over traditional in-person therapy that should be weighed in your decision. Online therapy is often more convenient and offers the comfort of speaking with a therapist from your home. It has additionally made mental health services more accessible, especially to individuals for whom the need to attend appointments in person is a barrier to getting support.
Online therapy might be the best fit for you if:
- You have a hectic schedule and limited time
- To avoid leaving your home during a public health crisis (COVID-19)
- You live in a remote area and access to service is limited
- You are seeking couple or family therapy and your partner or family member/s do not live in the same city as you
- You have physical limitations or mobility issues that prevent you from getting support in person
- You feel uncomfortable for any reason in a traditional face-to-face therapy setting
I have experience in conducting online counselling over various formats (Jane, OWL, and Adracre) working in a post-secondary institution and in private practice. I am certified PESI certified for Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals.
What Do I Use?
In my practice, I use “Jane” and with its secure and private video conferencing platform that is both Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDIA) compliant.
Out of Province Services
If you are seeking services from a different province other than Ontario or from a different country it is necessary to inform me so I can confirm my legal ability to practice in the locations of everyone involved. This is because different jurisdictions may have different laws and standards of the controlled practice of psychotherapy.