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Online Webcam Therapy

By: Sam Dineley - Published: • References: passn & trendhunters
We all spend so much time online why not have our therapy sessions here too? Maybe we could figure out why we are so hopelessly infatuated with the internet and connecting with people through it! With the boom of social media, Skype and webcam communications and everyone from doctors to custodians getting online and being heard, online therapy isn't much of a stretch. There are doctors that already offer therapy on-line through their personal practices but what I'm talking about, the trend here, are social sites being set up to house many practices in one giant online community.

There are a few all-encompassing sites such as www.liveperson.com which allow you to chat to pretty much any kind of 'professional' for a fee. These sites are helpful for all kinds different kinds of help. Then there are other sites like www.passn.com which focus more on the treatment of mental illness such as stress, depression, anxiety, panic and anger management. These sites also provide counseling for marriage and relationships, eating disorders, and life coaching. Sites of this caliber also come with insurance certifications and credential checks. Instead of working having thousands’ of doctors with their own websites PASS Network puts them all in one place. Members are free to pick and choose who their doctor is based on where they live, what they specialize in and what credentials they think their doctor(s) should have. As a feature therapists can upload blogs and share files. Another unique feature is peer-to-peer support. Peers may connect with other peers for support, to share stories and make friends. It is about time there came a Social Media site dedicated to getting help and talking to others while at the same time offering professional help. The biggest challenge in helping sufferers is encouraging them to get help in the first place. Everyone is shy to talk about their feelings and share their experiences. Some people may not know the symptoms or how to handle them. Some people may even think that if they go to therapy it makes them look crazy! But if all these members and doctors are uploading tons of information, stories, experiences, treatments and tips, which they already are, then these people can educate themselves and feel connected. If these sites can provide community and support which makes suffers feel comfortable in talking about their problems they can help a lot of people. Being able to reach out and bring someone into their community and help them better their lives is what social media is all about.

As for the webcam experience, studies show that a webcam chat can be just as effective as an in person interview, not to mention being in the comfort of your own home or office. This trend is about to blow up, it’s easy, convenient, confidential, time saving and possibly life-saving! We would be naive not to believe that one day all therapists will offer some kind of webcam therapy for their clients, it takes away the problems of distance, time, scheduling etc. What these Social Media sites also allows for is instant communication. Many people call their doctor’s offices and are disappointed to know that he or she is in Aspen for the weekend and are not available. With Social Media and the use of these sites, patients can always be in some kind of contact with their doctors. Whether it be twitter updates of times he or she is away and when they will return, possible times for appointments’, or simply a daily Q&A periods via on-line chat patients will be connected. Connecting doctors and patients through technology is a no brainer and this trend of on-line therapy is here to stay!

Lastly, to give proof to my argument there is even a webisode show based around a therapist's on-line therapy sessions! "Web Therapy" is Lisa Kudrow's largely improvised show where she is a therapist giving sessions via webcam to her patients who are usually played by famous actors. The show is quite funny and it goes to show that on-line therapy is most definitely a trend. Stats for Social Media Websites Devoted to On-Line Therapy Trending: Older & Chilly
Traction: 169 w
Interest: > 3 minutes
Concept: Online Webcam Therapy
Related: 57 examples / 44 photos
Segment: Neutral, 18-55+
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