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Online Therapy... Naked?

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Professionals have been offering psychotherapy online since 1995. While the earlier services focused on offering therapy through email, this has changed in recent years. With the popularity of video conferencing, it was inevitable that someone would invent a form of therapy called "naked therapy."

This intriguing panel will discuss how Internet and mobile technologies enable therapeutic interactions between professionals and individuals. Experts will discuss e-therapy, how it's changed over the years, and how technology is disrupting traditional professional relationships -- enabling therapeutic modalities not possible a decade ago... Even the possibility of "naked therapy." It should make for an interesting, heated discussion between practitioners of traditional forms of online therapy and the founder of "naked therapy."

This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.



Audrey Jung Owner Jung Psych Services

Audrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona, and a National Certified Counselor. Ms. Jung held the Presidential seat on the Executive Board of the International Society for Mental Health Online (from 2009-2012, is a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association, and a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association. She is a graduate of The University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Psychology, and she received her M.A. in Counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Audrey Jung has been specializing in counseling Deaf and HH populations, children, adolescents, families, stress reduction, tobacco cessation and pregnancy/post partum issues since 1995. She is fluent in American Sign Language and maintains a private practice in the southeast valley of Phoenix, Arizona at 90 S Kyrene Road, Suite 4, Chandler, Phone: (602) 697-7584. Audrey's clients have commented that her listening skills, personable approach and patient understanding have assisted them in achieving their counseling goals and objectives.

Dr John Grohol CEO & Founder

Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is an author, researcher, and expert in mental health and online behavior who has been kicking around the Internet since 1991. He founded and runs the Internet's leading mental health network, Psych, which began in 1995 as a simple effort to index mental health resources online.

Psych Central now hosts over 180 support groups, tens of thousands of educational articles, and dozens of blogs reaching over 3 million visitors each month -- people who are looking for unbiased, independent information about mental health concerns like depression and anxiety, as well as relationship issues, parenting and psychology. It is also home of interactive health tools -- such as mood tracking and journaling -- and dozens of quizzes on ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, personality and more.

Dr. Grohol is the author of The Insider's Guide to Mental Health Resources Online (Guilford), sits on the editorial board of the journal, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, and is a founding board member and treasurer for the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Dr. Grohol regularly writes and blogs on Psych Central, reporting on the latest science in mental health and psychology, exploring the intersection of technology and psychology, dissecting bad research, and adding his personal thoughts on the world of psychology.

Julie Hanks LCSW Owner Wasatch Family Therapy

Psychotherapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW is passionate about using the Internet to advocate and educate on mental health and family relationship topics. Sharecare Now (founded by Dr. OZ & Web MD) named Ms. Hanks the #1 online influencer making a difference for depression, and her website was just nominated for a National Association of Social Workers 2012 Media Award.

With over 20 years in the mental health field, Ms. Hanks is owner/director of Wasatch Family Therapy, a thriving private practice psychotherapy practice in Utah where she leads a team of 12 therapists in 2 locations. Ms. Hanks is a sought after consultant and loves sharing her knowledge and expertise in building her dream private practice with other shrinks around the globe.

Also a popular media contributor, Ms. Hanks appears regularly on TV and radio and has been a quoted mental health and relationship expert in national publications - Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Parenting, Parents, Woman's Day, LA Times, E! and others, and has appeared on Discovery Health and TLC.

Ms. Hanks regularly produces mental health and relationship articles and advice on her website, blogging for PsychCentral. Her first book aptly titled "Enough Of Me To Go Around: 6 Keys To Preventing Emotional Burnout" will be released this Fall.

Sarah White Founder Naked Therapy

Sarah White, The Naked Therapist, founded her Naked Therapy practice in October 2010. Since then she has worked with hundreds of clients via webcam as a Naked Therapist on a wide variety of issues. She is not a licensed therapist, but has studied psychology, human sexuality and biology extensively, and is currently collecting research data for a planned dissertation on the techniques best employed and the problems best treated by Naked Therapy. She and her methods have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Morning Show Australia, CBS News, ABC News, The NY Daily News, NBC New York, FOX Business News, Playboy Radio, The Huffington Post, and many other media outlets around the world. She's been called “Sigmund Freud’s Naked Granddaughter” by Viennese Journal, and was voted one of’s Top Ten Sexiest Geeks 2010. Her practice is at, her blog is at, and soon she will be overseeing The Great Naked Experiment, which can be found at

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