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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The research was conducted by NHS service Self Help Manchester, where the digital cognitive behavioural therapy programme was administered to 98 patients along with six support calls from an eTherapy coordinator.
From psychotherapy to etherapy: The integration of traditional techniques and new communication tools in clinical settings.
Chat counseling offers you the anonymous writing experience of etherapy with the benefit of an immediate response from an individual online therapist.
Once you do that, you have 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week low-cost access for everyone," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted David Austin, the co-director of the National eTherapy Centre's Anxiety Online program, as saying.
Online counseling is recognized by many names, such as "webcounseling," "etherapy," "ecounseling," and "cybercounseling." Nearly 1,000 professionals offer counseling services online, and even more have Internet dimensions to their practices that include advertising, information, and the ability to e-mail the clinician (Manhal-Baugus, 2001; Heinlen, Reynolds, Richmond, & Rak, 2003).
This type of counseling goes by names such as etherapy, ecounseling, cybertherapy, and telecounseling.
Ethical issues in the provision of online mental health services (etherapy).
The first three directories that we used were Metanoia: E-therapy Private Practices (www.metanoia.org/imhs/ongoing.htm), Metanoia: ETherapy Clinics (www.metanoia.org/imhs/clinics.htm), and a search on the Internet portal Yahoo (using the specifiers mental health>counseling and therapy>clinics and practices>online therapy).
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