Online Therapy Paper

Essay by bamandbonnieUniversity, Bachelor'sA, May 2009

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University of Phoenix/BSHS352Many sites now offer mental health services over the Net. No online interaction is a substitute for a face-to-face interaction, and it is not currently possible to diagnose and treat disorders online. This does not mean that these interactions won't be helpful, just that they have limitations. It is important to keep these limitations in mind.

The Online Therapy Institute is designed for individuals and organizations who wish to enrich their knowledge about online counseling, clinical supervision and the impact of technology on mental health. Topics and issues of interest extend to internet and cybersex addictions, gaming, virtual worlds, social networking, and SMS texting and online peer support.

OTI offers various ways for members and friends to network and advertise to one another and potential customers/clients. OTI is not an organization that sanctions or otherwise scrutinizes practitioners who engage in the delivery of counseling and psychotherapy via technology or face-to-face.

OTI offers online counseling via chat, email, phone and video and text based therapy. OTI assist people with issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, stress, transitions, chronic health problems, self esteem, addictions, relationship issues, domestic violence, and people who were abused as children.

With ease in scheduling and the ability to conduct sessions from home, people who might not ordinarily seek out counseling can now benefit. For people with disabilities including mobility issues, online counseling is a perfect solution. For people with busy schedules and long days, online counseling offers an alternative. People who live in rural communities will find online counseling a beneficial resource. Now technology can provide people with access and choice.

In setting up appointment, must first complete initial paperwork that is located on the site then schedule a chat appointment or write a first email exchange. A client must pay for services prior...