What is eTherapy?
eTherapy (Online therapy), often also referred to as telehealth or eTherapy, refers to counselling/psychotherapy services carried out over the internet, through computer, smartphone, tablet or similar. While this form of therapy has been around for over a decade, it rapidly gained momentum as a way to navigate the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research carried out in 2021 found that 40%, of the therapy seeking population, have used online therapy in some form, with a high percentage doing so since the pandemic started. This number continues to grow as eTherapy becomes more and more recognised as a convenient option for therapists and their clients.
This increase in demand propelled the subject of eTherapy into the limelight as a popular research topic. Research findings from newer studies, as well as older studies, are unanimous in their finding that; eTherapy is as effective as face-to-face therapy. It is viewed by those who use it, as an accessible and convenient alternative which also allows access to a wider range of therapists, rather than being restricted to therapists working in their locality.
Key statistics pulled together from research in this area show that:
82% of clients say eTherapy sessions are as good as face-to-face sessions
91% of clients say that eTherapy makes it easy to get the access they need
93% find eTherapy solutions easy to use
What are my clients saying about eTherapy
Anecdotally, I hear the same feedback from my own clients who opt for either all eTherapy sessions or a hybrid model, whereby weeks where it is harder for them to get into my office they opt for an online session. With busy schedules and travel costs on the increase, eTherapy offers a flexible and convenient option which allows you to fit therapy into your schedule with ease.
In my practice I offer both online and face to face sessions, contact me today to discuss your needs or to make an appointment.