This book explores how online therapy communities offer an accessible space that is not confined by economic abilities, geographical barriers, or familial restraints. Will Henderson and Mary Jackson Pitts use mixed methodologies of self-administered surveys and in-depth interviews to explore how online therapy communities can be used as a tool in the overall care of individuals who are in crisis and dealing with self-harming thoughts and behaviors. Faced with monetary constraints, lack of insurance coverage, and close connections who have no experience in addressing self-harming behaviors, this book highlights online therapy community members’ experiences and insight into how online therapy communities have been helpful and may be helpful for others who choose to be a part of these communities. Scholars of communication, sociology, and psychology will find this book of particular interest.
Will Henderson is associate director of the Social Media Listening Center at Clemson University.
Mary Jackson Pitts is coordinator of the creative media production program at Arkansas State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Finding Help Online
Chapter 2: Why Communities Matter
Chapter 3: Community Evolution
Chapter 4: Theoretical Approaches to Communities
Chapter 6: Discovery Among Online Therapy Community Members
Chapter 7: Why Online Therapy Communities Matter
Chapter 8: Conclusion
About the Authors
“This book provides a well-rounded perspective of member motivations for joining online community therapy groups, exploring both the benefits and challenges. Backed by research data and statistics, the authors provide very valuable information and present an alternative to in-person communities, while emphasizing an overlooked aspect of social media. This is a must have for individuals seeking emotional support, counselors, social media researchers, and related professionals.”
“Online Community Therapy: The Support Network is a timely and valuable source for online media literacy. It also advances our understanding of digital interactions through its application to online therapy communities, considering the implications of social media’s maturing.”