Online & Virtual Therapy Effectiveness

Posted on December 17, 2020

Virtual therapy has grown significantly over the past several years. Now that there’s an increased access to the internet and online services, people are becoming more comfortable and confident in seeking online therapy and treatment. But how do you know that it works just as well as seeing a therapist face to face?

As of recently, there has been more evidence that has come out that suggests that online or virtual counseling is actually equally as effective as in-office treatment. This is great news for everyone involved, especially during these strange and uncertain times.

The main difference between online therapy and in-office or in-person therapy is really just the method of communication. In-office therapy sessions are conducted in a therapist’s office, where you and the therapist can see each other, face to face. This is helpful because it allows the therapist to pick up on your body language, overall demeanor, and other nonverbal signals. That’s where teletherapy and the amazing staff at Crownview Telehealth Institute come in, they’ve made it possible for you to be able to attend therapy on your schedule. You can even attend counseling sessions from your couch.

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Despite many people’s apprehension, research has repeatedly shown that teletherapy provides the same quality of care as face to face therapy and can be incredibly effective for treating and managing several different mental health disorders.

In 2013 two studies were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders and Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Networking which also have shown that asynchronous messaging therapy can be equally as effective as in-office therapy sessions.

In 2014 a study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that virtual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was quite effective in treating those with anxiety disorders. The treatment was noted to be not only cost-effective but the patient’s saw positive improvements which were sustained even at their one year follow-up.

In 2018 a study published in the Journal of Psychological Disorders found that online cognitive behavioral therapy was just as effective as in-office treatment for: generalized anxiety disorder, major depression, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

With Crownview Telehealth Institute and online counseling, you are now able to seek help and treatment from the safety and comfort of your own home. Whether you are someone that is currently living with one or more of the following: addiction, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, depression, PTSD, or trauma, CTI has the right people and treatment plan to help you succeed and live your life fully.

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