In the Mental Health Profession, Online Psychotherapy
This is the first in a five-part series that looks at fascinating, unusual, and significant trends in the mental health field. One of the trademarks of wise business practise is understanding current trends and changes within a certain market. Professionals will be able to make more productive and satisfying business decisions as a result of this approach, both now and in the future. Examining these developments can also lead to opportunities if we can look at new service offerings and competitive influences in novel and innovative ways. Feel free to visit their website at Park City Psychotherapy for more details.
Psychotherapy via the internet
People in need of psychological assistance and guidance are increasingly turning to online counselling and psychotherapy as a feasible option. This methodology has its detractors, and there are legitimate worries about the therapeutic process. However, as high-speed wireless Internet connection, as well as video/audio streaming and web cam capabilities, become more prevalent, technology is swiftly catching up with this concept. With the correct technological parameters, a session between a therapist and a patient in two distant locations can often be bridged pretty efficiently.
We are seeing a surge in interest and research in the field of online psychotherapy in the academic community. A resource worth checking out comes from Rider University’s John Suler, Ph.D., a psychologist. He anticipates that there will eventually be online psychotherapy specialists for each of the several sorts of online clinical models and formats in his article “The Future of Online Psychotherapy and Clinical Work” published in the Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies in 2001.
His talk also serves as a useful model for comprehending the evolution of internet counselling to this point. Dr. Suler starts by talking about internet psychotherapy, which uses email as the major means of communication. He eventually leads us to the next stage of online psychotherapy, which employs a more synchronous model (a type of two-way communication with virtually no time delay, allowing participants to respond in real time), such as chat therapy, in which the client and therapist communicate via text in real time. Finally, he discusses modern online therapy, which uses a synchronous video-based system in which the client and therapist communicate and see each other in real time over the Internet.
Despite significant restrictions, a growing number of practitioners are taking this style of service delivery seriously. If we look at this situation from the perspective of an opportunity, we can see that those therapists who effectively brand themselves and establish a level of trust in the area will be in high demand across regional borders. It’s easy to envisage a situation in which a person has a distinct and/or unique psychological difficulty. This person decides to conduct Internet research into the alleged problem/symptoms and locates a subject expert from whom he or she wishes to seek services, regardless of the professional’s location. In such market, a practitioner who has effectively advertised himself/herself and has used today’s technology to provide something of value to others beyond traditional face-to-face psychotherapy will have a competitive advantage.