What is Online Counseling?
Online counseling, also known as teletherapy or telehealth (the list really goes on and on) allows you to connect with a therapist online, through secure video conferencing. You can have real-time therapy sessions from the comfort of your own space. The therapist and client engage in therapy just as they would in traditional in-person sessions, discussing concerns, exploring emotions, and working towards personal growth and healing. While you may be in different cities or states, you are connected and engaged.
What are the benefits of
Teletherapy offers a safe space to explore what's bothering you or with which you are struggling. Just like in-person therapy, you can explore and address relational problems, learn better ways to handle your thoughts and feelings, and figure out how to manage the stress of relationships, home, and work life. Online counseling has been proven to be effective in addressing a wide range of mental health concerns and can be just as beneficial as in-person therapy for many individuals.
Online therapy offers the same benefits of driving to a counselor’s office from the comfort of your own home or office. Meeting your therapist online gets rid of travel time, parking, and reduces scheduling issues. It also takes out factors such as weather and discomfort in public or waiting rooms. All in all, it is more convenient.
If you live in a small town or remote area, connecting with a quality therapist or counselor could be challenging, or even uncomfortable. Meeting a clinician online removes the barrier of you taking care of you.
How do we meet?
To participate in online counseling, you will need a reliable internet connection, a device (such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone) with a camera and microphone, and a private and quiet space where you can have your sessions without interruptions. We use a convenient, secure, and HIPAA compliant platform called Doxy.me to provide online counseling sessions. You do not need to download anything to your phone or computer. It is easy to use. Our team will provide you with further instructions and guidance to ensure a smooth and seamless online counseling experience.
Fees and Payment
Each clinician is licensed in certain states and provides services to residents of these states. Please check with your provider for which states in which they are licensed. Many insurance companies are covering telehealth sessions, but not all. Be sure to check with us before scheduling a session. If your insurance does not currently cover online counseling, you can still seek teletherapy at our self-pay rates.
Limitations of Online Therapy
Like anything in life, there are some disadvantages. The most notable is technological glitches (e.g., inconsistency in internet connection strength or problems with the video platform). While these are rare and often overcome by minor fixes, they are frustrating for client and therapist alike.
Additionally, online therapy is not for everyone. For example, in some clinical situations, such as crises or suicidal or homicidal thoughts, in-person treatment may be the most appropriate treatment option.