The plethora of online services now available has led to a growing demand for practitioners to look beyond traditional face-to-face therapy and take advantage of the flexibility which email and the Internet can offer them and their clients. The guide gives up-to-the minute information and research, ethical and legal advice, on the practicalities of setting up or joining a service, and the essential therapeutic skills needed to be an effective online therapist.

Writing for an international audience, the authors discuss the issues for practitioners using the Internet today, as well as in the future. Basing their study on published empirical research, they address:

Text-based therapeutic interventions such as email, Internet Relay Chat, forums and mobile phone texting, from the perspective of different theoretical orientations, illustrated with case studies; Supervision and online research; Other therapeutic uses of technology including use of video therapy, telephone therapy, Virtual Reality environments, gaming, and computerized CBT

The authoritative guide to all aspects of being an online therapist, this practical text is a vital addition to any therapist's library. It will also be valuable reading for anyone training to be a counselor or psychotherapist in our increasingly ‘electronic’ world.



Overview of the Current Text

Welcome to Therapy Online: A Practical Guide. The main purpose of this book is to disseminate our practical experience and academic knowledge of working with text online, and enable the reader to learn from our expertise gained in over 10 years in online therapy, from our perspective as two leading experts in the field from either side of the Atlantic. In addition, no textbook on the topic would be complete without wider reference to the use of technology in therapy without the use of a keyboard, and we aim to introduce the reader to some of these facets of the work along the way.

We hope this will encourage further reading of the material already written and also emerging as technology ...

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