Here’s a surprise: A study of 39,000 patients in England found that phone therapy was just as effective as in-person (except in cases of severe illness). It also cost 36 percent less!

Phone therapy isn’t just cheaper: it increases access, too. If you live in an area without a ton of therapists, have time-constraining commitments or have a physical disability that makes traveling difficult, phone therapy might be a good option to consider.

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