Do Online Programs Work?
The answer is “Yes.” There have been many studies that state resoundingly that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. Much is due to the vast improvement in technologies that allows us to move beyond the “skype” technology, to a full video conferencing platform that keeps the session content just as it would be if we were all in the same room.
Some of the reasons I see that make it so successful are the following:
- You are anonymous. We seek to get people in a group from different areas so you are not known by others. I have found that this is a major concern to many people.
- You are participating in a completely relaxed location, your home. Much of the success of treatment is being in a place of safety where you can be open and honest about your issues. This is helpful in group sessions where you can share your issues with others and they can with you. Your thoughts about what might help them may be just what they need – after all, you share a common experience and want a common solution.
- In your individual sessions with your counselor you again are in the safest, most comforting place you can be. Being relaxed and comfortable is crucial to helpful therapy. We are most open, when we feel the safest.
There are of course many wonderful studies that are listed in the News section. If you like, please read these and let me know if you have any concerns.
Dr. Fred J. Hansen, Clinical Director