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Are you thinking of trying online therapy? If you want to avoid wasting your time and find one that actually works well for you, then we can provide you with a few pointers in the right direction. Here are three things to keep in mind for finding good online therapy.
(1) Get a Qualified Online Therapist.
Nowadays, if you’re looking for an online psychologist, there are numerous qualified psychologists available online. Bear in mind, however, that there are a couple of things you need to watch out for.
According to the American Psychological Association, on the top of your list should be credentials and registration. Do your research and make sure that you find a licensed and qualified online psychologist. Preferably, work with someone who is registered with boards in your own country, even asking their practice certificate. If you work with someone outside of your country then you will be subject to the laws that govern outside your country and the complaints procedures may be difficult if you received poor or unethical services.
Moreover, you can also choose a specialist to help you in your healing journey. Whether you are suffering from trauma, childhood abuse, substance misuse, LGBTQ issues, etc., working with one who has the expertise you need makes it easier for both parties.
Additionally, as stated in a 2019 article authored by Melinda Smith, M.A. and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., aside from credentials, you should ask your online therapist if your insurance covers the sessions. In New Zealand, find out if your insurance company covers psychological services. Jim Bierman works with insurance companies in New Zealand, feel free to contact him to find out if he has worked with your insurance company in the past.
(2) Try it with someone you can build rapport with.
As written by Noam Shpancer Ph.D. in Psychology Today, another way to spot if a therapist is right for you is if you’re able to build rapport with him/her. The therapeutic relationship is one of the most consistent predictors for therapeutic success, in research over the years. Noam further explains it’s necessary that you feel comfortable, understood, and connected with your psychologist.
(3) Prioritize security and privacy.
Another U.S. law called HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) ensures that if a data breach happens to you, you’ll be notified. The only difference is that PHIPA is a law for companies and organizations and PIPEDA covers information custodians like nurses, doctors, ambulance workers, etc.
As for the European Union, there’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). It’s considered the world’s toughest data privacy law.It levies harsh fines for violators, even costing them millions.
The reason these laws are important is that it safeguards online users of psychological services of negligence on the side of the professional. It is also important to remember that safeguarding is not only the duty of the psychologist, but you must also make sure you have a secure connection and that you have downloaded all the security updates as recommended by your service providers.
Something that is often overlooked is your physical privacy. Is your location secure? Can family or colleagues hear your conversations? Security is more than just online safety, it is also securing your conversations so that others cannot hear what you talk about in confidence.
If you want to learn more about online therapy safety, click here.