According to Marina, "Quite simply the delivery of mental health services through secure video, phone, and web." She goes on to say that teletherapy is convenient, affordable, accessible, confidential, legal and effective.
In a Time article from October 2008, Alice Park reports as follows:
"The convenience and comfort of Web-based counseling are indispensable. The Internet allows her to reach otherwise unreachable people: Many women whose marriages end unexpectedly are so devastated and ashamed of what they view as their own failure that they may never be able to face a therapist in person. Further, an interactive online setting lets therapists disseminate counseling to many people at once. "The Web offers tremendous potential," says David Mohr, a psychologist at Northwestern University. "We know from research that certain procedures in psychotherapy are likely to be effective for most people. The Web allows that type of standardized material to be presented in a way where it is available 24/7, and patients can access them whenever they want, and from anywhere they want." The principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, which relies on step-wise learning to change behavior (think of habituation exercises routinely used to cure people of phobias of, say, heights or spiders), are particularly suited for such online distribution.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1855110,00.html#ixzz0rnasYM3S
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