Online therapy may be referred to as other names, such as e-therapy or internet counseling. For many teenagers, sitting in a therapist’s office talking about their feelings isn’t particularly enticing. But, talking to a therapist online might not sound too bad. Just as the name suggests, online therapy allows people to meet with a therapist in an online setting, as opposed to a face- to-face meeting in an office. Online therapy may be used in conjunction with face-to-face
therapy or it may be used as an alternative.
Research says online therapy is effective. Studies have found that teens tend to be receptive to
working with therapists using computer-based therapy, through mobile apps or over the internet
via video chat.
Potential benefits of online therapy
There are several reasons why you might want to consider online therapy for your teen as opposed to traditional therapy.
- Teens are comfortable with the internet. Most teens enjoy chatting online, so therapy over the computer can feel more comfortable than talking to a therapist face-to-face.
- Online therapy can be more convenient. Online therapy can save time because you don’t have to drive to a therapist’s office. For teens who live in rural areas or those who don’t have transportation, online appointments may provide easier access.
- There’s less of a stigma attached. Many teens feel embarrassed about seeing a therapist and they may fear their peers will find out they’re in treatment. Online therapy can reduce many of those concerns.