Psychotherapy Using Electronic Media

  • Davor Mucic
  • Donald M. Hilty


The Internet is providing a bridge across some of the barriers that keeps people from accessing the psychological help they need. As psychotherapists have ventured into cyberspace, more and more people who would not otherwise have been helped are finding a path to healing. As of recently, “e-mental health” is the term that covers the use of telecommunication technologies in the provision of mental health services to individuals in communities that are underserved due to geographic, linguistic, or cultural isolation. Consequently, immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees belong to potential users of remote (psycho)therapy. It is primarily due to linguistical and cultural barriers which they are facing in respective host countries. When/if cultural competent bilingual therapist is available on distance, refugees tend to prefer remote contact via mother tongue rather than in-person consultation via an interpreter. The historical background, types of remote interventions, advantages and disadvantages as well as ethical issues related to remote psychotherapeutic interventions are described in the chapter.


e-Mental health Remote psychotherapy e-Therapy Online counselling Telepsychiatry Web-based interventions Asylum seekers Refugees and migrants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davor Mucic
    • 1
  • Donald M. Hilty
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Treatment Centre Little PrinceCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Mental HealthNorthern California Veterans Administration Health Care SystemMatherUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUC DavisDavisUSA

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