What is internet counseling?
This is a definition of counseling;
"A professional relationship and activity in which one person endeavors to help another to understand and to solve his or her adjustment problems; the giving of advice, opinion, and instruction to direct the judgment or conduct of another."
The process of counseling as defined above is different from therapy because there is no diagnosis to treat, and I think that is an important distinction for us to remember.
It would be very difficult to diagnose without being in the office with the client.
Internet counseling happens when a professional counselor or psychotherapist talks with you over the Internet, to give you emotional support, mental health advice or some other professional service. It could be one question, or an ongoing conversation; it could be by e-mail, chat, video or even Internet phone (voice-over-IP).
Why internet counseling? It is incredibly convenient for one thing.
Many of the clients I have met over the years have come to me struggling with variables in a life decision.
They are not struggling with an 'illness' and they want someone to hear them, and an internet relationship, no matter what its form, e-mail, video chat, chat, is an excellent and convenient vehicle for that process of exploring.
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