Does Online Therapy Work for Depression?

Online therapy or “teletherapy” isn’t necessarily something new. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the telehealth industry to see a huge boost. Now, even in a post-pandemic society, teletherapy is extremely popular.

But, is it actually effective, especially for treating mental health issues like depression?

In short, yes, online therapy works for depression and a variety of other mental health conditions. However, it’s important to understand what to expect and to weigh out the pros and cons for you, personally.

With that in mind, let’s dive a little deeper into online therapy for depression and whether it’s right for you.

What Is Online Therapy?

Online therapy is just that — a therapy session held on your computer or other smart device. It’s typically done via video chat but can also be a phone call. Just as you would with in-person therapy, you simply choose a provider, schedule an appointment, and meet with them via an online platform.

Some providers also allow you to send messages via their preferred platform that they can respond to between sessions. This is a great way to stay connected with a therapist and bring up any questions, comments, or concerns the moment they come to mind so you don’t have to wait a week (or longer) to get them off your chest.

Is It as Effective as In-Person Therapy?

There are some arguments against online therapy. Some consider it to be impersonal. Others argue that it’s too distracting or not as effective because you can join a session from your home where you aren’t in the right mindset to open up.

But, the truth is that online therapy is very effective, especially for depression. The same arguments that people make against it are actually its greatest benefits.

Because you can connect with a therapist from your home, you’ll be more comfortable. Medical settings of any kind can make some people nervous. If you’re one of those people, going to a therapist’s office can leave you feeling intimidated and you’ll be less likely to open up.

Online therapy for depression also increases accessibility. There’s no denying we’re facing a mental health epidemic in our country. Not everyone has access to in-person therapy — especially those in rural areas. Teletherapy allows you to connect with a therapist anywhere in the country.

That can be extremely helpful if you’re looking for a provider that specializes in depression, or if you live in an area where therapy isn’t readily available.

Finally, online therapy is often more flexible than in-person options. Therapists can typically work around your schedule, so you don’t have to take extra time off of work or away from your family just to attend a session.

To learn more about the clinical research showing the effectiveness of online therapy for depression and other mental health issues click here.

Is Online Therapy Right for You?

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. It can cause extreme sadness, hopelessness, and make you feel like there’s no way to get better. But, that simply isn’t true. If there’s a “bright side” to depression, it’s that it’s often very manageable with the right help — including therapy.

A mental health professional remains the same, whether you meet with them in person or online. If you’re comfortable working with a therapist over video or on the phone, online therapy could be extremely beneficial in helping with your depression.

Not only will a therapist help you better understand the root cause of your depression, but they’ll talk to you about symptom management, and eventually overcoming that root cause.

If you’re interested in learning more about online therapy or you have any questions about how to get started, feel free to contact us for more information.

I’m interested!  What’s are my next steps?

Online counseling allows you to be located anywhere in Arizona and still receive the best mental health counseling.  Reach out to start your journey towards healing by calling us at 623-680-3486, text 623-688-5115, or email

Our team of online therapists provide virtual sessions for couples, families, children, and teens, and individuals.  We offer online counseling services for depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief.

Please note:  teletherapy sessions are not appropriate for people who are experiencing suicidal, those who are experiencing a major psychiatric episode, those who require hospitalization, or those who are severely alcohol/chemical dependent.