Distant Therapy : Hooked On Internet Essays

771 Words Nov 24th, 2014 4 Pages
Drew Norberg
Ms. Uma Krishnan
College Writing II
24, Nov 2014
Distant Therapy

Hooked on Internet? Help is a just a click away. Everyday the human race struggles with mental illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and much more. There is a wide range of support for people to get help like, counseling, therapy, and psychotherapy. These face-to-face interactions have helped millions of individuals overcome mental hardships to live a more fulfilling life. Online therapy or what I will call distant therapy is starting to become more and more popular. The use of technology has and will always be increasing but distant counseling should not be practiced or see as equivalently to face-to-face treatment because of ethic issues, unreliable technology, and the inability to observe patients in real life. Distant therapy can be experimented with in many different ways. You can email, use chat services, chat rooms, voice messages, or use videoconferencing. This new and evolving type of treatment is also now being called things like; e-mail therapy, telepsychiatry, Internet psychotherapy, cyberpsychology, cybertherapy, webcounseling, and computer-mediated psychotherapy (p. 483). Rummell and Joyce defined it as “any delivery of mental and behavioral health services, including but not limited to therapy, consultation and psych education, by a licensed practitioner to a client in a non-face-to-face setting through distance communication technologies such as the telephone,…

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