Mental healthcare options in the technology age

May 4, 2018

Options for mental healthcare aren’t what they used to be. No longer are you limited to traditional talk therapy, nor is it the norm to commit to seeing one provider for years.

While traditional talk therapy is still an option and helps many people, a variety of newer, evidence-based treatment options are available and have proven effective for improving overall health and well-being. These treatments tend to be goal-oriented, personalized, and take place over a shorter time period.

And, thanks to innovations like tele-mental health and apps that support treatment, therapy doesn’t have to happen in the therapist’s office.

  • Tele-mental health: Virtual sessions can immensely helpful for people who prefer talking with someone from the comfort of their home, or those for whom it is difficult to get to appointments.  
  • Computer-based tools: Resources like computer-based cognitive behavior therapy can guide you through activities to help manage stress and emotional challenges. Generally, these help to support your overall treatment plan, such as to supplement talk therapy.
  • Diverse therapy options: Individual therapy, with just the client and therapist, is the most well-known model of care. However, for some people’s needs, family therapy, couples counseling, or group-based settings may be a better option.

Finding the right provider to best help you understand and navigate your care is key. You might see a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), a doctor of psychology (PsyD), or a psychiatrist, depending on your needs.

Although their education, training, and approach may vary, these professionals are all licensed to deliver therapy services to clients — be it in private practice, a larger group practice, a community mental health center, or in a hospital.

Not sure where to start? Check out these tips for finding a therapist.

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