Online counseling or “Telehealth” allows therapy to take place via the internet. I facilitate sessions through a private, secure site that adheres to HIPAA requirements. Clients enter a chat room through my link without having to create an account or download software. All they need is a computer or device with a camera and microphone. It’s super convenient and easy!
*Ease and flexibility of scheduling: Online counseling means you can enjoy your therapy session from wherever you are. There’s no commute, which may save a significant chunk of time and hassle. You don’t have to reschedule for things like inclement weather or car trouble.
*Matching with a counselor: Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is a huge factor for therapeutic success. Online sessions broaden your options to licensed clinicians across your state or perhaps even other areas of the world.
*Increased anonymity: If you choose a therapist outside of your immediate area, you don’t have to worry about running into them at the grocery store, restaurant, or your child’s school!
*Comfort: Online counseling allows you to enjoy your sessions from the comfort of your own home. You can wear comfortable clothes, sit on your cozy couch and snuggle with your pets!
*Tech glitches: Computer problems, internet freezes, power outages, or old-fashioned user error may waste time or interfere with a session.
*Confidentiality: While most issues can be prevented or prepared for, online sessions are at greater risk for confidentiality breaches (for example, if a family member or coworker walks into the room during a session).
*Clinical limitations: Online sessions don’t allow for the same level of observation. I can’t read body language or notice hygIene. I also can’t offer you a sketch pad or a notebook if it seems appropriate to work through something with expressive arts. I can’t offer you a cup of tea. While many methods can be adapted to the online setting, in some ways it simply isn’t the same as being in the same room.
*Insurance coverage: Some plans don’t cover telehealth sessions. You’ll have to check your benefits or contact your provider to find out if your insurance will pay for online therapy.
Online counseling is a convenient way to access care. Even if it’s not covered by your insurance, you may find that it’s worth the out of pocket cost. It can also be a great alternative to cancelling when you can’t make it in person.
Sometimes people express concern that online counseling will feel too distancing or impersonal. My experience has been that you don’t necessarily need to be in the same room to feel connected. Once you get used to it, you kind of forget you’re speaking through a computer!
Feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like more information about online counseling.