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Ben Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP believes therapy sessions via telephone can be effective. Johnson is a clinical assistant professor at Brown University and director of RICBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Coaching.

Electronic tools can enhance practice

By Phyllis Hanlon

Technology has undoubtedly changed the way the world does business. For psychologists, electronic tools can open up a new realm, enabling them to reach more patients regardless of geographic location or diagnosis. Before engaging in telepsychology, however, practitioners need to understand the issue of licensing, security and privacy and reimbursement. Ben Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP, clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and clinical psychologist and director of RICBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Coaching, conducts some of his therapy sessions via telephone, which he says allows the practitioner to communicate consistently and helps keep the client [More]