Dropping the E: the potential for integrating e-mental health in psychotherapy
E-mental health, or the use of technology in mental healthcare, has been the focus of research for over two decades. Over that period, the evidence-ase for the potential of technology to improve psychotherapeutic practice has grown steadily. This sharply contrasts with the actual use of e-mental health by psychotherapists, which has remained limited. In this article, we aim to illustrate how and when different technological tools and pplications can play a role in psychotherapy. At the same time, we also highlight current limitations and discuss challenges for future research. A specific, yet hypothetical case is used to guide this narrative review and make proposed applications tangible and concrete.
Keywords: e-mental health, mental healthcare, online self-help, ecological momentary assessment, wearables, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital phenotyping
Van Daele, T., Best, P., Bernaerts, S., Van Asche, E., & De Witte, N. A. J. (Advance online publication). Dropping the E: the potential for integrating e-mental health in psychotherapy. Current Opinion in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.02.007