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Using today’s technology, yes, online counseling and online therapy are possible, legal and ethical. Here’s how: 1. Your therapist needs to get secure technology. SKYPE is not yet secure, but if they pay a little money, they can get what’s known as “HIPAA-compliant technology.” If they have any questions about doing that, ask them to get the audio recording...Read More
You finally found a counselor or therapist who might just be able to help you online. The price is right, she is available, but you stop for a minute and want to check out her credentials (smart). You want to be sure she is legitimate, and not just some woman working out of a corner of her fancy laundry room. How do you figure out if she is the “real thing?” It’s easy. Check...Read More
Many therapists are already using technology to extend their reach online, but aren’t being honest with the insurance companies about the location of the services they bill. Telehealth services, that is, online therapy, online counseling, Internet therapy, etherapy, webtherapy, Skype therapy – all these terms mean the same thing, and they typically require a special...Read More
Good News Help comes in all shapes and sizes, as do people and their challenges. Similarly, online therapy, online counseling and web therapy are being practiced in many research-based and viable forms by responsible practitioners. The scientific literature supporting “telemental health” and “behavioral telehealth” is over 50 years old, and shows that benefits often...Read More
Many military personnel spend hours on the battle field playing virtual games, and are already quite comfortable using these virtual interfaces as ways to relax and de-stress. At a military-sponsored conference in Seattle last October, I spoke about legal and ethical issues for therapists working in virtual environments with military personnel and veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress...Read More