In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the practice of psychotherapy largely evolved as most therapists moved their practices online. In turn, many therapists and their clients alike were trying online therapy for the first time.
Earlier this month, we surveyed therapists to better understand their impressions of online therapy, and we learned that most therapists have enjoyed online therapy and plan to continue offering online therapy as a component of their practice beyond the pandemic.
We wanted to know: what about the people on the other side of the screen? We recently reached out to our newsletter subscribers to better understand their impressions of online therapy, and we received over 650 survey responses. For context, 85% of responders reported they have tried online therapy.
Here are the takeaways:
1. The majority believe online therapy can be effective.
Here are our readers’ responses to the prompt “online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy.”
And here are their responses to the prompt “online therapy with a therapist I have not met in person can be effective.”
2. Most enjoy the convenience and comfort of online therapy.
In response to the prompt “in my opinion, the most attractive benefits of online therapy include (select all that apply)”, readers responded:
3. Most report a desire for flexibility to choose between online and in-person sessions.
Here are reader responses to the prompt “if I were considering therapy (assuming insurance companies will provide telehealth coverage for mental health services beyond the pandemic) I would prefer to meet with a therapist…”
It’s Your Choice
At GLPG, we believe in the power of therapy, whether it’s online, in-person, or a combination of both.
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