I called Susan Mankita, LCSW, a social work consultant and educator in Miami, Florida, to ask how online sex therapy fits within the counseling profession as a whole.Mankita has been training mental-health professionals about online practice since 1995; she developed and moderated the AOL Social Work Forum for 10 years.If connecting online feels natural and right to you, the internet is a natural place to seek therapy.You're already accustomed to peer support through online interaction; why wouldn't you reach for a professional in the same way?Text is really powerful."Online therapy is particularly suited to sex and relationship work, especially for clients who crave a layer of anonymity we can't get by going through our insurance companies or driving to an office.
"It's an exciting and empowering thing that we haven't done in the past (in person) the way we can with text.If talking about sex or admitting your faults as a partner embarrasses you, working with an online therapist can make you more comfortable expressing yourself.Some therapists fret that text doesn't permit nuance.In person, you can hope the therapist tunes in to your body language, providing a bridge between feeling an emotion and expressing it."One thing therapists learn in school first off is that when assessing a client, you balance what they say against what you see," says Mankita."At the very beginning, it was incredibly hard to get used to (relying on clients to report their own emotions).