The COVID-19 pandemic shook the world. In March 2020, our daily routines and freedom of movement came to a halt in Ontario and all over the world. In order to continue services for clients, psychologists and other professionals switched to virtual/online practices and telephone services. This was the only way clients could continue their therapy or start therapy. E-therapy is the provision of psychotherapy by using technology such as video platforms, telephone, online self-help, or even text-messages. This was new for many practitioners and clients alike. But e-therapy has been around for years, there is a wide body or research demonstrating its benefits for clients, and it can be used to treat many problems, life difficulties, and mental disorders (Bibliography of Telehealth Research).
E-Therapy (or virtual therapy or telehealth) is a term that describes the use of technology to provide psychological services from a distance. In other words, e-therapy takes place when a therapist and client are not in physical proximity to each other. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the mass adoption of e-therapy by psychologists. Furthermore, many people are now accustomed to working and communicating daily using video platforms. In fact, some clients prefer the convenience of e-therapy over face-to-face therapy sessions, and many have become comfortable with the technology. This post will focus on video therapy and telephone therapy provided by psychologists.
Candice Bovell, Ph.D., C.Psych.
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