By: Jennifer Peter
When searching for the right form of therapy, you may consider the option of choosing online therapy. While it has proven to be one of the more popular forms of therapy in the news recently, does it actually work? Is there enough research to support this form of therapy?
According to Amy Morin, LCSW, she thinks yes! Here’s what the research says about online therapy in her article with Inc.:
- A 2014 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online treatment was just as effective as face-to-face treatment for depression.
- A 2018 study published in the Journal of Psychological Disorders found that online cognitive behavioral therapy is, “effective, acceptable and practical health care.” The study found the online cognitive behavioral therapy was equally as effective as face-to-face treatment for major depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.
- A 2014 study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that online cognitive behavioral therapy was effective in treating anxiety disorders. Treatment was cost-effective and the positive improvements were sustained at the one-year follow-up.
While online therapy isn’t for everyone, it has proven to be successful for many patients. When looking for the right online therapy business, they should offer some form of an intake with a follow-up session that includes an assessment to determine the appropriateness of online therapy for you. For more information on Online Therapy, please visit our website www.georgetownpsychology.com/services/online-therapy