Telehealth & E-Therapy
By Zur Institute
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In today's fast-paced world, many view psychotherapy as a place to slow down and take a break from the rest of our lives. But what if psychotherapy were an extension of our 21st century lives? Many therapists are exploring just that in the growing field of telehealth, also called e-therapy, e-counseling, or tele-mental health. Some simply supplement their in-person practices with email or text conversations; others conduct therapy as . . . avatars.
There is much to learn about our clients and ourselves from how we communicate online. From email signatures (or lack thereof) to behavior in an online group, clients reveal parts of themselves online that may not surface face-to-face (at least, not in the same way).
Telehealth expert Dr. John Suler addresses these issues and many more in his new 2-unit course: Telehealth and Psychology of the Web: Conducting Therapy in Cyberspace
Dr. Suler has been researching therapy online for many years and offers a fresh, humorous, insightful and useful perspective on what we have to learn about our clients online, as well as how to be effective in text and other online communication. This course also provides extensive online telehealth resources.