The Counseling Center of Santa Monica also offers e-therapy, or services via internet.
What is E-Therapy?
E-therapy, also known as teletherapy, involves providing mental health services via phone, email, or videoconferencing.
Research evidence suggests that in many cases, receiving treatment via e-therapy is about as effective as in-person treatment. As stated by Eric Harris, a member of the Telepsychology Task Force representing the American Psychological Association (APA) and several other psychological associations, “I think that within 10 years, 80 to 90 percent of all therapy will be done remotely. There’s been a lot of research done and there’s not one piece of research that suggests that in-person treatment is superior to remote treatment.”
Is E-Therapy right for you?
To determine if e-therapy is right for you, it may be helpful to consider the advantages and disadvantages of therapy via internet.
- E-therapy is more convenient– clients can receive treatment right from their own home.
- More flexible appointment times: the convenience of e-therapy allows for clients to more easily access services in the evenings or on weekends.
- E-therapy allows more specialized, harder-to-find types of treatment to be accessible to more people. For example, specialized treatment for OCD may be hard to find in a less metropolitan location. Through e-therapy, an individual would have the opportunity to work with a specialist outside of their geographical location.
- Some clients prefer the in-person dynamic of traditional therapy.
- Specific types of more specialized treatment may be best suited for more traditional, in-person services.