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.

Case Study

Case study


The following is a case study that is a fictional composite for illustration purposes. The authors of the text role-played this scenario, one as therapist and one as client. It should be noted that the authors express caution about the use of role-play and case simulation when teaching and demonstrating online therapy in Chapter 7. The authors, fully aware of the disinhibition effect and having been working partners for several years, felt comfortable each taking on a role with the other, and used well-known debriefing tools after each session. Still, when demonstrating this intense level of work, emotional safety must always be considered regardless of the working relationship and professionalism of the role-players.

The theoretical orientation of both authors is psychodynamic and this ...

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