Anxiety & Depression The Pros and Cons of Online Therapy By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on February 04, 2022 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 141 More About the Podcast Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern. Subscribe Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Friday Fix: Episode 141 Although online therapy has grown in popularity during the pandemic, a lot of people are still hesitant to try it. And it’s wise to question whether online treatment can be effective as face-to-face therapy. After all, the relationship between a client and a therapist is key to a positive treatment outcome. Can someone really establish a healthy alliance with a therapist over video chat or messaging? As a therapist who has only ever provided face-to-face treatment, I had a lot of questions myself. So I decided to test some of the major online therapy websites. I signed up for treatment as a client to see what it would be like to access services. I discovered that online therapy isn’t for everyone. But, it did have some distinct advantages over face-to-face treatment in some areas. I also learned that not all online therapy websites are created equal. Some have better features, others are more affordable, and some specialize in specific treatments. I thought it would be helpful to share what I learned along the way. I talk about what I liked and didn’t like about online therapy. If you’re questioning online treatment for yourself or you’re wondering if you should suggest it for someone else, check out this episode. I’ll tell you the pros and cons of online therapy and how you can find the best online treatment. The Pros and Cons of Online Therapy More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram. Check out Amy’s books on mental strength. Watch Amy’s TEDx talk, “The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong” If You Liked This Episode You Might Also Like These Episodes: How to Take Charge of Your Mental Health With Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter JoJo How to Face Depression With Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez How to Get Help That Actually Works With Multi-Platinum Singer Bryan Abrams A Verywell Report: Americans Find Strength in Online Therapy By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.