You might be wondering if teletherapy is as good as classic therapy. The answer can be yes, as long as you are working with a licensed individual, Dr. Duckworth says. For instance, a 2015 review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviewsanalyzed 30 studies of 2,181 patients, ultimately suggesting that internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) was about as effective as in-office CBT for treating anxiety. (More research is necessary to reach any conclusions about how telehealth compares with traditional therapy, though.)
But the field is still relatively new, rapidly growing, and generally unregulated, Dr. Duckworth explains. It is key to make sure that you’re getting good care, even if it’s virtual. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has some suggestions for finding the most trustworthy teletherapy service possible, and here’s adviceon how to have successful teletherapy appointments.
Instead of looking for telehealth apps and services, then selecting a therapist, you could start by looking for a therapist who uses teletherapy. Thero.org has a filter option to search for providers that offer teletherapy, Psychology Today can show you practitioners who do video counseling, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America has a directory of members who provide telehealth services.