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What do I need to know when looking for online therapy?

There are many different reasons why people choose online therapy, for example: lack of transport, time constraints, being unable to leave the house easily or at all, and finding it difficult to bring our issues to a face-to-face meeting. There are a few additional things to consider but lots of people benefit from working this way, and the great thing about having an ACTO directory of online therapists is that you have better access to a professional who might meet your needs.

So what do you need to know about online therapy?

Well, the first thing is that it is available in different forms: -

Email therapy
 Is an exchange of emails with a therapist. There would usually be an agreed time/day to receive and expect a response from the therapist - to try and avoid any worry and checking of emails.
Instant message therapy
is where a time is agreed to have an instant relay chat (in real time).
Webcam therapy
Is most similar to face-to-face therapy in that you meet via a webcam camera on your computer/device.
Telephone therapy
Has not surprisingly been around the longest and is still used as an option for therapy. Sometimes this happens in a webcam session by choice or if the Internet becomes shaky.

Be assured that your therapist will be taking your confidentiality and privacy very seriously, and whatever delivery mode you decide on your ACTO therapist will be able to help you think about ensuring your safety.

Therapists on the ACTO directory are experienced therapists who have undergone training to work online, and subscribe to appropriate ethical guidelines. The directory will show you the profile and qualifications of therapists who match your search. Therapists offer different ways of working and will be pleased to answer any questions you have when you approach them.

There may be occasions when is not appropriate to receive therapy online, for example; if you are in need of immediate support or working in the online mode would not be helpful for you at this time. If you would like some help on where to go if you are feeling in need of immediate support please click this link for a website that offers immediate phone help.