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Online Mental Health Care Delivery -- The Virtual Therapist

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Mental HealthThroughout history, technology has radically changed the way we live. Just as the Industrial Revolution saw productivity shift from the farm to the factory, the 21st century is deep in the Digital Revolution. At the center of all this is the World Wide Web, the vehicle that enables people all over the globe to communicate instantly.

Just as we loved our automobiles, now we can't get along without our internet.

You can buy your groceries, find a mate, get a job, learn a language, and watch movies on the internet. Now you can even receive behavioral therapy services on the net.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, of the more than 43 million Americans who suffer with mental health problems, overall, only about half of those affected receive treatment.

The availability of online therapy is increasing and could help alleviate the bloated caseloads of counselors at clinics and offices. Depression is the most prevalent condition and clients respond well to cognitive therapy. Web-based counseling lends itself well to talk therapy.

There are other advantages

  1. Privacy. Patients who have put off treatment because they are reluctant to visit an office due to embarrassment or stigma can get the help they need.

  2. Access. It can serve people who have transportation or mobility limitations, or who live in areas without adequate resources.

  3. Expense. The cost can be less than meeting in person, and is covered by many insurance carriers. Some providers will work with patients who struggle financially.

  4. Convenience. Sitting down in their own environments give patients a sense of security and comfort. A more relaxed experience could increase the efficacy of the treatment plan.

Virtual treatment is an option that is growing. If you are a Behavioral Health professional seeking a new position, contact us to find what is available. 

 

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

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