E-Counseling

On April 16, 2009 by Blake Kaiser

E-Counseling is a technique the involves the client and the clinician to communicate as often and at virtually any hour of the day or night.  It allows both individuals to consider the conversation and process it without the pressure of sitting face-to-face. It makes it possible for clients to access services (email) at any time, any day of the week, and virtually anywhere.  With time scarce, this is a significant factor.  It provides individuals in under-served areas the same access as anyone else, including those who are physically challenged.  Some individuals find face-to-face too uncomfortable and the research suggest that an individual feels the ability to be more honest because the embarrassment factor has been removed.  As such, rapport develops quickly and individuals find that  “progress” is more expedient than individuals who engage in counseling face-to-face.  Another benefit that seldom is talked about, there is low overhead for the clinician and rates are more affordable and the likelihood clients to fully engage.

As with any type of intervention, it is imperative that the person(s) seeking mental health collaboration make sure that they engage in services with a licensed professional.  You are always able to check credentials of a professional at any state department who licenses practitioners.  If you are unable to find the proper resources, the professional you are inquiring about should be able to provide that for you.


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