The site lists 250 online therapists and provides notes about their credentials.
Checking credentials is essential to finding good counseling online, says Ainsworth.
His turning point came when he found the web site of California-based psychologist Julie Keck, Ph D,
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.
In 1996, Ainsworth found only 12 therapists willing to counsel her online, and felt confident with only one.
"It was really convenient doing therapy by email," she says.