But... Does it work?
There are studies that support the effectiveness of online therapy. Even though it is a new modality and there are still some questions to be studied, there is evidence that supports distance therapy.
It has been observed that distance therapy is effective for the treatment of numerous conditions, among which it is worth noting that there is abundant scientific support for the treatment of anxiety, depression and stress.
What are the advantages and disadvantages?
The advantages of online therapy are clear, including time economy, comfort and discretion. Online therapy has greater time flexibility, both for you and your therapist, as it can be conducted from different locations.
The main disadvantage of online therapy is the connection, not only the connection to the internet, but also the connection between patient and therapist. Some studies indicate that it takes longer to consolidate this relationship when the treatment is at a distance.
In our own experience, the results with online therapy are just as good as with face-to-face therapy, or even better in some cases. The success of online therapy depends largely on your relationship with technology. If you are used to making video calls and meeting remotely, you will have no problem with this format. Online therapy is especially effective with young people. In short, the effectiveness will depend largely on how comfortable you are with the format.
In some cases, online therapy is even more effective than face-to-face therapy. In people who are willing to start a therapy process via online, we have observed that the interest is often so great, that their level of involvement with the treatment is also often higher.
For whom is it not recommended?
Online therapy is not indicated for the treatment of more serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. This type of disorder tends to require a more complex approach, sometimes requiring the patient to be admitted to a medical facility or therapeutic community.
On the other hand, it would not be indicated for young children either, as with children, face-to-face play is essential.
In short, if you feel comfortable with the online format and would like to benefit from all the advantages that online therapy offers, you can request a free first appointment without any commitment by clicking here.