There is an increasing number of online counseling service agencies popping up all over the place. Online counseling services can be anything from unlimited texting to tele-therapy to facetime counseling sessions. So far, it is legally and ethically correct to conduct distance counseling. The counselor must be a licensed professional counselor (or equivalent) in the state in which their clients reside. Another benefit is that these websites make therapy accessible to many who would get no treatment otherwise. So, its convenient, affordable, accessible.
The negatives can be related to HIPPA privacy issues. The platforms for the sites I visited assure that the app is inaccessible by individuals outside the therapeutic circle.
I believe that distance counseling is here to stay. It solves so many problems with gaps in service for people with mental health concerns. Decide for yourself.