Would you dump your therapist for a computerized avatar?
We can safely say that avatar therapists are, or are at least rapidly becoming, "a thing"...NASA is investigating this approach to counseling astronauts going to Mars, experts are studying avatars to treat schizophrenics by acting as "the voices" in their heads, the military is funneling money into avatar therapists for soldiers...etc.
Of course, I'm talking about computerized therapy that involves engaging back-and-forth with an avatar -- other computerized approaches, like virtual reality, also exist. (New York Times has a nice overview from a few years back)
As someone who's seen her fair share of human therapists, and never really clicked with any of them, I'm curious about the prospect of doing the whole thing via computer. There are a few obvious advantages: totally anonymous, more convenient, potentially cheaper. My biggest concerns are probably that a) such a therapist wouldn't have the breadth of knowledge and fluidity that a human would; b) the element of human connection seems pretty important to therapy.
...Anyone have experience trying an avatar therapist or partaking in a study using them? Or have any thoughts about the concept more generally?