"And it was one of the most profound relationships I'd ever had.
You can also keep a written record of your therapist's advice for future reference by saving copies of the messages you exchange.
But "it is folly to think anything going into a computer is anonymous," warns Taintor.
"It is all electronically retrievable data." For some people, the nonvisual nature of cybertherapy is what appeals.
The site lists 250 online therapists and provides notes about their credentials.
Checking credentials is essential to finding good counseling online, says Ainsworth.