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E-therapy to eventually replace traditional talk-therapy?

Posted by Dr. Brent Conrad, author of The Computer, Internet, and Video Game Addiction Workbook

Will e-therapy become a real alternative to traditional one-on-one therapy from a mental health professional?


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For most people dealing with psychological or emotional problems, in-person contact with a qualified psychologist or counselor has been the obvious source for professional help. However, for a growing number of people, e-therapy (online therapy conducted via chat, email, or webcam) is becoming a popular alternative.

This article provides a good overview of the pros of e-therapy such as:

Convenience – Can be accessed by anyone, anywhere

Affordable – E-therapy is usually significantly less expense than an in-person session

Promotes Honesty – The argument is that people are generally more honest about their true feelings when online

In contrast, the cons of e-therapy include:

No Contact – May decrease therapist-client trust

No Research – Is e-therapy effective? Hard to say as there has been little research to date.

No Accountability for the Patient – There may be less commitment to e-therapy and less motivation to continue



After doing a quick search for e-therapists, I would also add a lack of accountability for the service provider – there appears to be some pretty sketchy characters offering e-therapy (wild claims, questionable credentials, etc) and I would really do my homework before considering an e-therapist over an in-person appointment with a registered (and qualified) psychologist.

If you needed to talk to a mental health professional, would you consider paying for an e-therapist?


Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer promotes bullying says psychologist

Promotes bullying?

In the near future I intend to write a few articles on online bullying at Several recent teen suicides that appear to be connected to online bullying have brought more attention to this issue.
I do think that that this is a real problem and one that parents especially need to be aware of.
Do you really think that we need to ban classic cartoons such as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer because it “encourages bullying”?
One psychologist apparently thinks so.
Quotes George Giulani:
“Throughout the entire movie, Santa Clause is saying ‘you cannot be on my team because you have a disability.”
I disagree. To portray Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer as “pro-bullying” or somehow justifying the mistreatment of others just seems too extreme, misguided, and completely misses the many positive messages in this Christmas classic (for example, recognizing your talents, being proud of being unique, proving that you are capable of something, not giving up, etc, etc. etc.).
I am wrong here? What do you think?  
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