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Is online counseling effective?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
In person better: Online counseling can be effective, especially when there is a live visual component so that the participants can read non-verbals. In person counseling offers more to both the person and the therapist. If there are barriers that prevent one from attending in person, it is better than not getting treatment but i strongly recommend in person services if/when available.
Dr. Xavier Mccaskey
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Any form of counseling is effective as long as the client is willing to heed the advice given by their therapist and apply all the techniques, and interventions taught to them by their therapist for their personal issues. Online is convient and more secure , some clients feel more relaxed and comfortable in their own homes.
Jan 18, 2016
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
It can be: For some, online counseing can be effective, Check you state laws to see if it is legal in the state you happen to live in. Generally speaking, counseling in person is best. One cannot substitute in-person body language and facial expressions with online interaction.
Dr. Jerry Smith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Challenges abound...: E-therapy can be effective if the patient can adjust his/her expectations. I have a good e-therapy practice and I find the biggest struggle for clients is being committed to homework assignments and expecting immediate results with minimal effort.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How effective is online counseling?

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Dr. John Chavez
Clinical Psychology 38 years experience
So so: Online counseling is frowned upon and in some states not permitted. Advice over the phone computer is fine. In fact, i'm giving some right now! however counseling implies repeated sessions and more detailed and significant work. As such, you need to be prudent.

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