What is Online Counseling?
Teletherapy, online therapy, telehealth (the list really goes on and on) allows you to connect with a therapist online, through video. You and your therapist are meeting in real time. 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 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?
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, all you need is a computer/phone with a camera and mic as well as internet access.
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.