Current Perspectives on E-Therapy & Telemental Health

Paradis, Bryce

Technological advances (e.g., IPads, videoconferencing, Skype™ etc.) have changed the face of many industries, not excluding the fields the psychotherapy or mental health. Innovations in technology have made it feasible for patients with limited access to mental health services to obtain psychological care. Telemental health has been applied to diagnostic assessment, personality assessment and neuropsychological assessment. Moreover, psychotherapy has shown promising, yet preliminary, results in individual, group, and marital and family therapy. In addition, research has indicated that no difference in rapport formation or establishment of a therapeutic alliance exists. However, despite the promising application, controversial issues exist regarding interstate licensures, confidentiality via electronic communications, and therapists’ knowledge of rules, and regulations.