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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Telephone and Internet counseling takes place all over Estonia; other services will take place all over Estonia, and is divided into 4 sections (north, south, east, west).
The work is appropriate for anyone with an interest in telephone or internet counseling and crisis prevention, including volunteer and professional counselors.
Contextual issues continue to include the appeal of internet counseling, efficiency, employment compatibility, privacy, text-reliance attraction, the nature of the psychological disorder, cost, and risk (Patrick, 2007; Yee, Bailenson, Urbanek, Chang, & Merget, 2007).
An exploratory study of client perceptions of Internet counseling and the therapeutic alliance.
Daily Weighing Plus Active Interventions Produce Less Weight Regain People who regained at least 5 pounds and: Intervention Weighed themselves Did not weigh daily themselves daily Newsletter recipients 65% 72% (controls) Internet counseling 40% * 68% Face-to face group 26% * 58% meetings * Statistically significant difference, compared with those not weighing themselves daily.
Daily Weighing Plus Active Interventions Produce Less Weight Regain People who regained at least 5 pounds and: Intervention Weighed Did not weigh themselves themselves daily daily Newsletter recipients (controls) 65% 72% Internet counseling 40% * 68% Face-to-face group meetings 26% * 58% Statistically significant difference, compared with those not weighing themselves daily.
Similarly, in 1999, the American Counseling Association (ACA) published ethical guidelines to direct the practice of Internet counseling and has included best practices for Internet counseling in the newest ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005).
Some professional counseling associations have established guidelines and best practices relating to Internet counseling.
In summary, some studies indicate that Internet counseling, especially when combined with cognitive behavioral approaches can be used with a variety of clinical presentations (Christensen, Griffiths, & Jorm, 2004; Kenardy, McCafferty, & Rosa, 2003; Lange, Van De Ven & Schrieken, 2003; Rassau & Arco, 2003; Richards, Klein, & Carlbring, 2003).
Early results of Internet counseling point to higher percentages of people completing treatment, higher abstinence rates for alcohol and drug abusers, and a vast majority of cyber-clients stating that the experience was beneficial.
The National Board for Certified Counselors makes it very easy to find their ethics document, The Practice of Internet Counseling.
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics, "The Practice of Internet Counseling," and "Ethical Process and Procedures" can be found at http://www.
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