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E-mail counseling is method of providing advice and guidance on a one-to-one basis from a professional counselor, psychologist or mental health practitioner to an individual privately via electronic mail instead of the traditional format of face-to-face consultation. The types of problems addressed cover the full range of the human experience, in relationship to self and others. In many cases e-mail counseling is supported by self-help behavior modification exercises.
In the traditional method of counseling, an individual would seek the assistance of a psychologist in person at the office of the therapist. While this method of counseling is still in practice, the advent of the Internet has provided counseling psychologists and other mental health care professionals the means to offer their services online to individuals who may not be able or prefer not to participate in the traditional method of therapy.
Additional recommended knowledge
Online counseling can be divided into 5 major categories:
The primary benefit of online counseling or e-mail counseling is the fact that the sessions are conducted in the privacy of the individuals' home or office. In addition to e-mail as the medium for counseling, some therapists also use telephone and video conferencing services.
E-mail counseling facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning in different phases of life span with a special emphasis on personal, emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related and developmental issues.
"Online dating" or "Internet matchmaking" services have given rise to a new dimension of interpersonal relationships, connecting people from all over the world and expanding the need for multi-cultural understanding of personal relationship values. Seeking advice in matters of the heart has been one of the most central issues in counseling psychology. Online counseling for relationship problems or advice in regard to Internet dating combines practical information on best practices for safety and security with information to assist the person to fulfill their desire for companionship through a better understanding of their own behavior as well as that of others.
Along with relationship and dating advice that is provided by these online counselors, there are many websites that provide self-help tools that an individual can use to discover their motivations in the privacy of their home. Assessment plays a vital role in all forms of counseling; online as well as offline. While there are various psychological assessment procedures that are relevant, for online counseling, especially counseling via e-mail provides many benefits to the assessment process in contrast to face-to-face counseling.
The process of counseling is one of self-discovery and interactive evaluation methods, such as an online relationship quiz and love test, provide support to their one-on-one counseling by e-mail. Assessment tools such as this test help individuals to gain insight into how their behavior translates into actions. There are many online therapists and counselors who provide other types of self-help tools in the form of CD ROMs, books and audiovisual exercises. Many therapists provide offline sessions in different formats as an adjunct to e-mail counseling.
Some of the reasons for using e-mail counseling as follows:
1. The American Psychological Association
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