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ONLINE THERAPY

Same Support, But On Your Couch, Not Ours

ONLINE THERAPY

(TELEHEALTH - TELETHERAPY)

Perfectly Imperfect Self offers Online Therapy services to clients residing in California per the standards set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the state licensing boards. We use Zoom for Healthcare, a HIPAA-compliant web and video conferencing platform. It keeps your privacy preserved and sessions confidential. 

WHAT IS ONLINE THERAPY AND IS IT EFFECTIVE?

Online therapy (or teletherapy or telehealth) refers to mental health services and counseling provided via the internet or phone rather than in person. Since the start of 2020, online therapy has become the “new normal,” with most therapists offering video or phone sessions and even options to connect via chat and messaging. Early research shows that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person sessions while also offering people the ability to receive therapy from the comfort of their own homes. Naturally, there are benefits and drawbacks—and it isn’t ideal for every patient or every situation—but many providers and patients are happy. Many patients say teletherapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. In fact, some find teletherapy even more effective than in-person therapy because they feel more comfortable talking in their home. With that in mind, teletherapy is not ideal for all situations. A strong alliance with a therapist is the best way to guarantee positive results, whether online or in person.1

HOW ONLINE THERAPY WORKS?

We plan ahead with you to connect at a mutually agreed-on time through zoom. 

​  Resources:

  • Thompson, R. B. (2016). Psychology at a Distance: Examining the Efficacy of Online Therapy. University Honors Theses. Paper 285.

  • Novotney, A. (2017, February). A growing wave of online therapy. Monitor on Psychology, 48(2). http://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/02/online-therapy

  • Barak, A., Hen, L., Boniel-Nissim, M., & Shapira, N. A. (2008). A comprehensive review and a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of internet-based psychotherapeutic interventions. Journal of Technology in Human services, 26(2-4), 109-160.

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