Online Therapy: A Therapist's Guide to Expanding Your Practice

By Seifer, Judith A. | Contemporary Sexuality, February 2006 | Go to article overview
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Online Therapy: A Therapist's Guide to Expanding Your Practice


Seifer, Judith A., Contemporary Sexuality


Online Therapy: A Therapist's Guide to Expanding Your Practice. By Kathleen DerrigPalumbo and Foojan Zeine. (W.W. Norton, 2005.) 336 pages, $34.00.

I live in West Virginia and am the only certified sex therapist in my state. Mental health services remain unavailable to most state residents without a two-hour drive in any direction. So, the idea of introducing electronic services to this underserved area is attractive in both its humanitarian and economic aspects. I have been curious about online therapy, but unable to find a creditable source to explain the logistics of setting up such a practice, as well as the obvious pitfalls to avoid. This is the first book I have found on the subject, and it does a credible job of explaining at least half the equation.

Written by two experienced psychotherapists, who founded and manage a sizable online psychotherapy group practice (MyTherapyNet, Inc.), this text explains the business options available to counselors in using the Internet as a medium of communication. It cites the numerous organizations that have endorsed online therapy, including position statements from the American Psychological Association, International Society for Mental Health Online, National Board of Certified Counselors and the American Counseling Association.

It is, or should be, obvious to mental health professionals how an online format could dramatically increase the availability of professional assistance to the many, many people who are physically or emotionally disabled, housebound, isolated by geography or who are otherwise handicapped by HMOs that have limited the number of face-to-face sessions allowed.

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