The UK National Health Service has officially recognised the effectiveness of online therapy.
Cognitive Therapy is now being offered via Skype video as part of the NHS services, in an attempt to provide for people who find it difficult to come to a clinic for conventional counselling.
An online service can be used as a private space where a person can get support and therapeutic help from a professional. This is especially useful for people with alcohol or addiction problems, who may be too embarrassed to see a therapist or counsellor face to face. You don’t have to take time to get to someone’s clinic, they can come to you via your computer.
In all other respects, the nature of online therapy or counselling is the same – the same techniques are used, the same issues dealt with. If you’re not sure how this would actually help, read more about how online therapy works.