Therapy is beginning to be available online, and numerous studies have shown it is just as effective as in person therapy. Online therapy has many benefits, including that it can be more cost effective, it can help prevent the stigma that comes with treating mental health issues, and it can be provided to people in rural areas that might have limited access otherwise.
One study by Albertson et al. that I read called “Self-compassion and Body Dissatisfaction in Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Meditation Intervention” looked at how podcasts teaching self compassion would affect women’s self compassion, body dissatisfaction, body shame, body appreciation, and contingent self worth based on appearance. The study was conducted over three weeks. Participants were instructed to listen to a self-compassion podcast every day for three weeks, with a new podcast used each week. The participants were women ages 18-60, recruited from internet advertisements, snowball sampling, Facebook, and referrals from friends and therapists. There were 98 women total who listened to the podcasts. There was also a control group of 130 women who were told they were on the waitlist to receive the podcasts. The study was also controlled for age and prior meditation experience.