Teletherapy, telepsychology, and telepsychiatry all refer to the use of various forms of videoconferencing technology to deliver mental health services to patients, particularly when the clinician and the patient are separated by geographic distance. Teletherapy is often used to provide services for rural or other remote communities of individuals, individuals with mobility restrictions, or underserved populations without regular access to mental health care services (e.g., individuals in the criminal justice system). Teletherapy can be delivered via different forms of technology, such as mobile video, home teletherapy devices (in-home messaging devices and interactive voice response systems), e-mail, text messages, telephone, or mobile apps. Teletherapy may be designed to fully replace or supplement in-person services using various forms of digital technology.

The fundamental goal of teletherapy is to ...

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