Here are some things to consider about online therapy:
Health experts recognize the effectiveness of online counseling and initial studies show promising results. The American Psychological Association reports that technology-based counseling is effective to treat a wide range of mental and physical health diagnoses [1, 2].
As state legislators recognize that the demand for health providers exceeds the available supply, especially in rural areas, an increasing number of states are mandating that “telehealth services” and “telemental health services” be covered by health insurance .
If your health insurance does not cover online therapy, you may be able to use health benefits accounts such as a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), a Health Savings Account (HSA), or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to pay for it.
The good news is that no matter which option you choose, online therapy tends to be less expensive than face-to-face therapy.
You may want a therapist who fits a specific cultural profile or has diagnosis-specific expertise that is hard to find within driving distance of where you live. Online therapy broadens the geographic range of the search area within which you can find therapists. Right now, mental health licensing laws often restrict therapists to practicing within the state where they are licensed, but as technology use increases, there may be laws passed to make mental health licenses more portable and less restrictive.
It can be tough to juggle work or family schedules and face-to-face counseling, so an advantage of online counseling is that you can participate from any place with suitable privacy and technology. People who work in non-private settings sometimes choose their car as a therapy location.
Traditional therapy has usually relied on speaking. Online therapy that is phone or video-based continues to offer this option; online therapy based on email, text, or chat is a good additional option for people who prefer writing.
The safest technology options follow Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant standards for security and privacy . These standards are designed to ensure that your information will stay safe and confidential.
Online therapy is becoming more popular because so many people love it and appreciate the benefits. You can start the process today at SmartCounseling.com
 What you need to know before choosing online therapy
 A new emphasis on telehealth
 State coverage for telehealth services
 Summary of the HIPAA security rule