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This paper examines three online therapy services located in California, specifically, PsychotherapyHELP, American Counseling Institute and Email Therapy Online, and notes that the practice lacks standardization and oversight. The paper addresses online therapy's approach to ethics and the question of effectiveness, and discusses the main benefit of online therapy that is the facilitation of communications. The paper relates that most mainstream professional and regulatory commissions view online therapy cautiously, which seems to be the correct stance. The paper concludes that the best recommendation would be that a client seek out face to face (F2F) therapy and, as an adjunct, maintain a digital connection to his therapist, amalgamating the advantages of both online and F2F therapy.
From the Paper:"PsychotherapyHELP is owned and operated by Paul J. Hannig, PhD, MFT, who is host of a cable program, Odyssey, revolving around psychotherapy. What subject Dr. Hannig's degree is in is open to debate as his web site does not say, nor do various other sources consulted on the Internet. Presumably, his focus was in psychology of some sort - evidenced by his work in the field, which includes a number of self-help books. However, herein is illustrated a primary problem with online therapists: verifying their credentials. The Internet is home to more mountebanks than any traveling soap-box ever was; at least one online therapy web site - located in New Jersey - is operated by a man who lists his MS as a credential, which under investigation proved to be awarded in an engineering field. Other sites present therapists who clearly have no formal education in psychology - in one some therapists listed their personal experience as survivors of traumatic events in place of credentials - but many sites are run by experienced therapists with proven credentials who also maintain private, F2F practices. It would be advisable that any client considering online therapy do thorough research; this is one clear instance where, while some boards offer standardized codes of ethics, the industry tends to regulate itself according to in-house rules and the profit incentive."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Paul J. Hannig, PhD, MFT (n.d.) Online Therapy, Creating Change Through Email Counseling, Retrieved 27 March 2010 from PsychotherapyHelp website: http://www.nvo.com/psych_help/onlinepsychotherapy/
- Email Therapy Online | Email Counseling with Dr. Carrie, (n.d.) Retrieved 27 March 2010 from Email Therapy Online website: http://emailtherapyonline.com/index.html
- JDToellner.com Counselme.com for Online and Telephone Counseling, (n.d.) Retrieved 27 March 2010 from American Counseling Institute website: http://www.counselme.com/index.htm
- King, S. A & Moreggi, D. (1998). Internet therapy and self help groups - the pros and cons. In J. Gackenbach (Ed.), Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Transpersonal Implications (pp. 77-109). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
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Online Therapy in California (2013, January 02) Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/online-therapy-in-california-152120/
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