Sometimes it can seem daunting, if not impossible, to get to the therapist's office for a session. When distance, work schedules, disability, or child-care responsibilities or even weather make it seem impossible to travel to your therapist, online therapy can provide a new way to access mental health services. Some studies show that online therapy can be as effective as face-to-face sessions.
A University of Zurich study divided a group of 62 patients in half and found that depression was eased in 53 percent of those given online therapy, compared to 50 percent who had in-person counseling. Three months after completing the study, 57 percent of online patients showed no signs of depression compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.
— Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013