e-Therapy or e-Counseling - also known as on-line therapy or on-line counseling - has become a tool for mental health counselors in the last several years, allowing individuals to talk to a professional from the comfort of their own space - home, office, or even vehicle (hopefully while pulled over to the side of the road)- virtually any location worldwide where the internet or a telephone is available. 


It is excellent for those in rural areas or where traveling is time-consuming or difficult.  Unless these electronic services are down, bad weather is never a factor either.  For those caring for children, the infirm, or the elderly, or for those with a very busy schedule, e-Therapy is preferable to traditional face-to-face therapy in the counselor's professional office.

For those with disabilities, social phobias, or for those who would like to retain a degree of anonymity, e-Therapy is ideal.  If you wish to maintain strict privacy, e-Therapy is a discrete alternative.  For those who feel embarrassed or shy discussing certain personal or intimate situations, e=Therapy offers a veil of privacy, and often encourages a client to open up more quickly.

It is very effective for many problems, such as stress, anxiety, family and relationship problems, problems of intimacy, grief and loss management, anger management, phobias, abuse, divorce, job loss, and most major life changes.  It is not, however, recommended for serious situations like suicidal or homicidal thoughts, psychotic delusions, and other problems needing immediate, critical, hands on intervention.  Nevertheless, I have been faced with such crises and have managed to find a resolution and have helped ease my client past their harmful thinking.

e-Therapy can be delivered in several forms:  by telephone, by email, by traditional mail (snail-mail); by internet messaging, internet audio chat, or by internet video chat, using such services as Skype, and others.  All you need is a computer with a fast internet connection (not dial-up);if you use an audio service, you will need a microphone and headphones, or with video, you will also need a simple camera that clips on to the top of your video monitor. Most new computers have built in microphones, speakers, and video cameras.

With older computers, video cameras that include microphones and even headphones, are available cheaply at big box stores (such as Walmart) or electronic stores (such as Radio-Shack. They plug into existing ports on the the back of your computer

The connection to Skype is free as well, and allows two-way video and audio communication and also includes chat done by typing back and forth.

FOR PHONE USERS: If you do not have free phone service I can call you at all numbers in the United States and Canada, and land-lines (not mobile), in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and elsewhere in Western Europe.

For more information read my article on E-therapy (click the link).

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