Online Counseling + Consulting
via HIPAA-Compliant Video Conferencing
In our fast-paced, increasingly device-driven world, it's no surprise that we've entered the age of online counseling. Online counseling allows you to enjoy the benefits of counseling from the comfort of your own home or office. While there are many advantages to attending counseling in person, online counseling can be just as effective.
The reality of life at home or work is likely part of what makes you consider counseling in the first place. During an online counseling session, you're right there in your everyday environment and are able to directly put into practice new ways of being right in the moment. Online counseling can minimize the sense of disconnect sometimes felt by clients when they consider how they act and feel in session compared to how they are in the rest of life. Online counseling also helps in finding out how to use things your home environment as a positive resource to help in whatever brings you to counseling.
Many people live in areas with few to no counseling services or have work/family schedules that make it extremely difficult to meet with a counselor in-person. Some experience such intense anxiety about the idea of going to in-person counseling that they never seek counseling services, and miss out on opportunities for growth. Others have difficulty integrating the progress they find during in-person counseling into their daily lives.
How do I know if online counseling could work for me?
The following lists highlight some things think about if you are considering online counseling. The first list gives some factors that would indicate that online counseling could be effective for you. The second list indicates those factors that suggest that in-person counseling would likely be either preferable for you or more appropriate and effective therapeutically.
Online counseling may be for you if:
- You live in the state of Colorado. If you live outside of Colorado, we must verify your state's laws for online counseling before engaging in a therapeutic relationship.
- You have a job with extensive hours, travel, or erratic schedule, making it difficult to attend in-person therapy regularly
- You live in a remote area with very few or no qualified counselors
- You're homebound due to a medical condition
- You have children and limited childcare resources
- You have reliable internet connectivity, webcam, and computer audio system
- You are comfortable working with technology
- You find that you're able to focus on and connect well with others on the phone, Skype or FaceTime.
- You do not have symptoms of significant mental illness
- You feel safe enough in your home environment to participate authentically and deeply in the counseling process
- You're able to manage your home environment so as to minimize distractions or interruptions during sessions
- You're seeking counseling for help with topics such as (but not limited to): stress/anxiety, mild/moderate depression, career or business issues; relationship, family or parenting concerns; self-growth, such as exploring your identity, purpose, or spirituality.
You will likely be better served by in-person counseling if:
- You live in a state which mandates that counseling services are rendered by a professional licensed in that state.
- There are qualified therapists in your geographic area and are able to access them regularly
- You have difficulty or are unable to connect with others via phone, Skype, or FaceTime.
- You do not have a reliable internet connection, webcam, or computer audio system
- You're not comfortable with technology
- You have frequent suicidal ideation, auditory of visual hallucinations, thoughts of harming yourself or others, ongoing substance abuse concerns, domestic violence in the home, or require frequent psychiatric visits for medication management
- You're seeking treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. particularly if due to complex trauma*.
*it may be possible for us to work together depending on the severity, nature, and impact of the trauma you experienced
If you're interested in speaking with me to determine whether online counseling can help you, call or email me to set up a free consultation. Also, please review my online counseling disclosure, which further outlines some of the considerations and logistics of online therapy.