cybertherapy


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cybertherapy

Providing therapeutic counseling for emotional issues via the Web. Also called "Internet therapy," "e-therapy," "online counseling" and "telepsychiatry," true cybertherapy is provided by credentialed mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and social workers.

Cybertherapy is generally not considered a complete substitute for face-to-face sessions; however, it provides immediate assistance where help is not close by or when in-person visits are not possible. The delivery methods are interactive text chat, email, video calling and voice over IP (VoIP). However, if video calling is the medium and a high-quality connection is used at both ends, cybertherapy with a qualified professional can be very effective. For a list of cybertherapy sites, visit www.metanoia.org.
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Journal of CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation, 1(1), 23-35.
Poster session presented at 16th Annual CyberTherapy & CyberPsychology Conference, Outaouais, Quebec.
Social work's pioneers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries could not have imagined that the profession's tools in the 21st century would include online social networking, video counseling, e-mail, and cybertherapy.
Palmaira wrote about his organization's successful application of these therapies in the January 2011 issue of Long-Term Living ("Welcome to Cybertherapy," page 33).