Telepsychiatry and online psychotherapy


Short description

The provision of psychiatric or psychotherapeutic treatment over distance using technology has become an important part of mental health care provision. There was already a growing market of telepsychiatry and online psychotherapy before the era of SARS-COV-2 but its use has significantly increased in 2020. Particularly in times of a pandemic, those new treatment modes may offer a means of preventing service undersupply for patients with a mental disorder. However, from an ethical point of view, risks and benefits need to be weighed and known by service providers whether they themselves practice online or not.

Collaboratoring universities – persons

  • Prof. John Z. Sadler, MD - UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas

Involved PAPE group researchers

Julia Stoll, Manuel Trachsel


  • Stoll, J., Sadler, J. Z, & Trachsel, M. (2020). The ethical use of telepsychiatry in the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 1:665.
  • Stoll, J., Müller, J. A., & Trachsel, M. (2020). Ethical Issues in Online Psychotherapy: A Narrative Review. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10:993.
  • Stoll, J., & Trachsel, M. (2019). Ethical aspects of online psychotherapy. In M. Trachsel, S. Tekin, J. Gaab, N. Biller-Andorno, & J. S. Sadler (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Oxford, Oxford University Press.