The Cognitive Therapy Institute now offers psychotherapy online or by telephone for some individuals or couples, throughout California, who are not going through a crisis or at significant risk for suicide. Online group therapy options and classes are also being planned and will likely be available in the near future.
This option for online therapy or teletherapy provides some clear advantages but may also present some limitations or disadvantages.
Possible advantages of online or phone therapy may include:
Possible disadvantages include the following:
Often an initial face to face session may be required, and also could be quite beneficial, to establish a more personal connection and provide opportunity to assess the appropriateness of this form of therapy for an individual. A combination (e.g. every other week) of teletherapy and in-person sessions may be appropriate or preferred for some clients.