Mailbag: March 9, 2012

In response to the March 8 column titled “Online counseling hurts more than helps”:

Ms. Nachazel offers no empirical evidence that online counseling is in anyway harmful.

Indeed, the scientific literature refutes her opinion. Several studies have shown that online therapy can be as, if not more effective, than in-person psychological treatments. Internet therapy has been shown to be useful in treating disorders ranging from depression to chronic fatigue syndrome (Kessler et al., 2009; Nijhof et al., 2012). Even if Internet therapy was not as useful as in-person treatment, Internet therapy would certainly be better than no therapy at all.

— Matthew Groysman, freshman studying pre-neuroscience and cognitive science

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