Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Online Mental Health Counseling Is Convenient, but...

U.S. News and World Report has an article about telemental health counseling that mentions both the promises and pitfalls of a technique that is still in early stages of development.

"Therapy from afar. While the very notion of it makes some queasy, a growing number of people are seeking—and providing—mental-health help through nontraditional means, such as by telephone or videoconferencing or via E-mail or online chat. E-therapy petered out somewhat after the dot-com bubble burst, when several online "clinics" went bankrupt, but there's been a resurgence as technology has advanced, says John Grohol, a psychologist who is an expert in online mental health and founder of, a comprehensive website that features informational articles, support groups, professional blogs, self-help quizzes, and other resources for patients and professionals...."

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