The purpose of this paper is to present an exceptional summation of knowledge in human services while focusing on the specific aspect of online mental therapy. This thoroughly investigated paper discusses the challenges our society currently faces with mental healthcare amidst COVID-19 and how online therapy is one venue that we have, for a long time, chosen not to utilize in the past, but must now recognize its viability as a solid, therapeutic resource for the mental healthcare industry. This paper seeks to confront the various reasons for opposing online therapy and share evidence of ongoing programs that have embraced online therapy and are thriving in their communities. It also lays the groundwork for how therapists today may incorporate online mental therapy as an essential mental health tool for the benefit their clients in the future.

Keywords: mental health, teletherapy, psychotherapy, COVID-19, online, direct access, advancements, stigma

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2021

Senior Project Advisor

Scott Douglas

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type