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Psychologists are increasingly using the telephone and e-mail to provide services including psychotherapy, counseling, consulting and supervision. Overall e-mail use more than tripled among practicing psychologists between 2000 and 2008, with approximately 10 percent of providers using it weekly or more in 2008.

Practitioners’ use of videoconferencing, while still rare, increased from 2 percent to 10 percent during that same time period. Internet chat room use remained unchanged, with less than 1 percent of respondents taking advantage of that medium.

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Sources: 2008 APA Psychology Health Service Provider Survey, 2000 APA Telehealth Survey. APA Center for Workforce Studies.