“the ubiquity of smartphones coupled with lessening of the stigma associated with mental health treatment have played a large role in the growing demand for virtual therapy”. FORBES
I can work with you online if you are in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania because I am Licensed in both states as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Most insurance plans will reimburse for out of network providers online. You are responsible for checking with your insurance to find out the details of your plan. There are specific regulations for online counseling services. If you are curious how family sessions and children sessions work online check out the blog I wrote, A View Into Online Counseling with Children and Families, What is Needed from Parents and Therapists.
IF you are around the world and interested in Coaching visit my website at awarenesscoachingllc.com. I can see you virtually around the world depending on the legality of where you are physically located. Leave the legal part to me once you tell me where you are and what you are interested. Depending on the severity of symptoms Coaching may be a viable option if not I will try to refer you to a therapist in the state you are in.
What is online therapy?
Online therapy, simply put, is therapy across distance through electronic means. It is an approach that takes the best practices of traditional therapy and combines it with some of its own unique advantages, keeping in mind and holding the highest standards in the field.
Telemedicine for mental health can be a big benefit as it can enhance the care I can provide for you by offering a versatile, flexible option for scheduling and attending sessions with you, over an easy to use secure video, connecting with you on your own schedule and from your choice of location.
Online therapy is just as effective as in person therapy and safer these days.
I am trained in telebehavioral health, and use cutting edge technology for quality and security, for video conferencing tools (all HIPAA secure), in order to provide you with the convenience of remote sessions that do not require a visit to my office, without having to sacrifice quality, security, or confidentiality. If you are local I do prefer one in person session and then the rest of the time can be online. If you are not local obvious this isn’t an option. We can mix up sessions some online and some in the office depending on your schedule.
What do I need in order to do therapy via the internet?
All you need is a phone, ipad or computer, internet, and a safe and confidential setting.
What to look for when choosing an online therapist
Many are now offering online therapy, but not all therapists are aware of the legal, ethical, technological and clinical considerations.
Here is what to look for
- Is the therapist licensed?
- Do they have any training in online therapy?
- Do they use HIPAA secure technology? (Skype and Facetime are not HIPAA secure)
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.