Ethical and legal considerations for internet-based psychotherapy

Cogn Behav Ther. 2010;39(3):173-87. doi: 10.1080/16506071003636046.


The provision of mental health services over the Internet is becoming increasingly commonplace as new technologies continue to develop. Evidence in support of the efficacy of many such interventions is accumulating. Given the potential global reach of Internet-based psychological services, the authors examine ethical issues relating to this growing area of practice through the lens of the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists (International Union of Psychological Science, 2008). They also raise issues relating to potential liability risks and offer recommendations intended to guide mental health practitioners who are considering involvement in the provision of Internet-based services.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Internet / ethics
  • Internet / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Mental Health Services / ethics*
  • Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Psychotherapy / ethics*
  • Psychotherapy / legislation & jurisprudence*