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In the burgeoning field of e-mental health interventions, avatars are increasingly being utilized to facilitate online communication between clients and therapists, and among peers. Avatars are digital self-representations, which enable individuals to interact with each other in computer-based virtual environments. In this narrative review, we examine the psychotherapeutic applications of avatars that have been investigated and trialed to date. Five key applications were identified (1) in thedoi:10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00186 pmid:27917128 pmcid:PMC5114267 fatcat:hrwkkvg3mzfshkazh5yuamgjx4