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Online and Traditional Therapy: A Comparison

Updated: Dec 11, 2018

Therapy is a useful tool for anyone looking to better themselves or their quality of life. However, there are different types of therapy available and it is important to understand the differences between the various forms, so that you get the best results possible. Here is a concise comparison between traditional and online therapy:


Traditional Therapy:

Traditional therapy is the kind of therapy most people will be familiar with. In short, it follows the traditional process of consistently visiting some sort of building in which you meet your therapist, usually a clinic or hospital.


Online Therapy:

The rise in availability of computers and internet access means that access to professional help is more accessible than ever. As the name implies, online therapy is conducted over the internet, in the student’s own home. Despite their initial differences, traditional and online therapies have the exact same function. Namely, to increase student well being.

Cases have shown that the effectiveness of therapy from both a traditional and online approach is quite similar.

Online therapy can also be just as communicative as traditional forms of therapy, as students have the ability to communicate via text, audio and video, allowing educators to foster a deep understanding of a student’s individual needs. From their home, parents can easily collaborate with professionals to help support their child through the use of highly interactive and engaging therapy resources.

Online therapy also gives a high level of privacy to students and many students will find that therapy in the comfort of their home creates a relaxing atmosphere.

With all these points in mind, online therapy is a great option for those who are seeking therapy, but do not wish to or cannot attend regular sessions at a therapist’s office, hospital, or other medical facility.

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