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How does online psychotherapy work?

How does online psychotherapy work?

May 18, 2024

The research that has been carried out on online psychology has shown an effectiveness of treatments at least equal to the results presented by the psychotherapies carried out in person.

We know that for psychotherapy to be effective, an adequate relationship between the psychologist and the person requesting their services is absolutely essential. This patient-psychologist interaction, thanks to advances in communication, can be produced not only in person but also remotely .

It is evident that the most important elements in an effective communication are the verbalizations (what we say and hear) and the visual information (what we see) that we receive. The use of videoconferencing as a way or way of doing psychotherapy is useful.


After what has been said above, we can assert that online psychology is an adequate means of communication between psychologist and patient , since it provides us with the necessary verbal and visual interaction. Let's see in more detail how online psychology can help patients.

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What is a video conference?

A videoconference is the communication that is done simultaneously and bi-directionally in a virtual environment, with visual and auditory information, between individuals who are in different places. Further, offers the possibility of having different digital tools ; how to send videos, images, files, audios, links, etc.


What is fundamental in videoconferencing is the possibility it offers you of an accessibility to a suitable communication , since they allow you to send and receive both visual and sound information between different sites. This generates the possibility that the patient can avoid the expenses and loss of time involved in the transfer to the psychologist's office.

These advantages that I have just mentioned have made online psychotherapy the fastest growing area in the therapies of psychologists. Thus, in our consultation we can verify that between 40% and 50% of our psychotherapeutic work is currently online.

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What does videoconferencing contribute to online psychology?

With the above, you will understand that online psychology by videoconference has become one of the fundamental tools for the professional development of the psychologist .


You have to know that for a psychotherapy session what is fundamentally needed is the communication between therapist and patient. In order to be effective, this interaction has to take place in a calm, calm way, without frights, in a warm climate of security and trust. If the psychologist and his patient succeed, the therapy will be completely similar to face-to-face psychotherapy.

How online psychotherapy works

Online psychotherapy is to offer you the psychotherapeutic tools to achieve a psychological improvement, with the particularity that these tools we will send them to you online, from the Internet . In order for you to understand me more clearly, we will provide you with the psychological therapy we offer in the face-to-face consultation, with the difference that the way in which you interact with your psychologist is not in person, but by videoconference.

In online psychology there are many tools that can help us: email, telephone, chat, videoconference ... but if there is an element that gathers all the properties in one: the videoconference. Having the possibility of digital communication over the internet allows us to carry out the therapy in such a way that psychologist and patient they can interact seeing, listening, talking, writing , sharing documents and images, etc.

Today we can say that videoconferencing is a very important way to bring people closer. It is being used, for work reasons to connect with other colleagues, in work meetings, when people are expatriated and / or away from their families and friends, it is used by those who have their partner in a distant place. And of course also how could it be otherwise will serve us in the field of online psychology, so that psychologist and patient can carry out psychotherapy sessions.


How does the email orientation consultation work?

This modality is for those people who have the need to have the professional opinion of a psychologist about something that worries them or about a specific problem . If it is not attended in this way, it is most likely that the consultation will not be done.

What is offered is evaluate and answer the questions that the person sends in a completely individualized way . What must be clear is that the answer is for advice and does not imply a psychotherapeutic treatment.

With online psychology you can access the best psychologists from anywhere in the world, directly and without waiting or unnecessary travel, through consultation and online psychotherapy.



How Does Online Psychotherapy and Counseling Work? | Daniel Sokal, LCSW (May 2024).


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