Depending on what your goal is, your counselor can teach you a lot. You might be interested in learning how to cope with depression. An online counselor who specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy can teach you strategies to deal with negative thought patterns and reframe your thinking so that you can cope with depression and start to feel better. You might work through a traumatic experience, learn your triggers and start to heal. There are so many skills you can acquire during online therapy sessions; which is why taking the time you need to find a therapist that best suits you is worth the effort. Start learning what those skills are today!
Online counseling has a long history. Cornell University, as early as 1986, began providing an online therapy service of sorts when they developed a program called “Dear Uncle Ezra.” With Ezra, students could anonymously write to an anonymous therapist, and receive a prompt written reply. While 1986 sounds early, if one extends the definition of “online” therapy to include any electronic or distance therapy, the Samaritans, based out of Great Britain, created their first telephone crisis helpline almost 30 years earlier—in 1953! So, while today we might think of online therapy as HIPAA-complaint videoconference (like we offer), it reality is a broad category with a rich history, and if you ask five helping professionals for a definition, you might get five somewhat different answers.
Forums were originally used in Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire as a place where the public gathered and discussed the latest news, politics or philosophy. When the World Wide Web gathered popularity and Internet access became something normal and not a luxury, forums saw a second coming. Online forums, or discussion boards, are widely popular, since they allow everybody, connected to the web to share their opinion on a certain topic. And while in the beginning forums were difficult to maintain, with the introduction of databases, such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, and scripting languages, such as PHP and Perl, forums became very easy to create, maintain and manage.