Online therapy is becoming an increasingly popular service. Many patients appreciate the flexibility, convenience, and potential added comfort of online therapy. However, some patients may wonder if they will receive the same level of treatment that they would from traditional face-to-face therapy sessions.
With the growth and increasing availability of online therapy these are valid concerns. We’ll briefly explain what online therapy is and help alleviate concerns about its effectiveness.
What Is Online Therapy?
Online therapy, also known as teletherapy or telepsychiatry, uses electronic devices to allow psychiatrists and mental health professionals to remotely provide treatment and counseling to patients. Using secure teleconferencing technology, patients can meet with their therapist for one-on-one or group sessions online.
Online Therapy involves providing a range of services including psychiatric evaluations, therapy (individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy), patient education and medication management.
How Effective Is Online Mental Health Therapy?
A common concern patients have is whether they will receive the same quality of treatment from teletherapy as they would an in-person visit. This is a good concern to have – quality treatment is vital to recovery. While teletherapy is still a relatively new practice, many studies have shown it’s as effective as in-person therapy:
- One study from 2014 and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online therapy was as effective as in-person therapy for treating depression.
- In a 2018 study published in the Journal of Psychological Disorders, researchers found that teletherapy was “effective, acceptable and practical” for both anxiety and depressive disorders.
- Teletherapy was found to be as effective as in-person therapy for treating veterans with PTSD in a 2017 study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy.
Teletherapy has proven to be effective for a range of mental health and behavioral disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association has stated, “There is substantial evidence of the effectiveness of telepsychiatry and research has found satisfaction to be high among patients, psychiatrists and other professionals.”
Is Teletherapy Right For Me?
For many patients the benefits of teletherapy make it preferable to traditional therapy. Flexibility in scheduling and improved accessibility make it easier for some patients to keep appointments and receive treatment. For other patients, teletherapy can reduce barriers caused by social stigmas. There are even patients for which teletherapy may be preferable, for example those suffering from severe anxiety disorders that can make travel difficult.
Of course, teletherapy may not be right for every patient. Certain types of therapy are better suited for in-person sessions. For example, in-person visits are best for play therapy for children. Other types of therapy, like exposure therapy, may require the physical presence of a licensed therapist to be safe and effective.
Online Therapy At Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare
To meet the needs and improve accessibility of mental healthcare for our clients, Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare now provides online therapy services.
Teletherapy is available for all of our adult and adolescent programs. You can learn more by calling (678) 274-4936 to speak with our team or by clicking below to contact us online.