Are you ready for a change, but concerned about your busy schedule, long travel time or commute?
Online therapy may be the answer for you. Online therapy is a flexible and convenient counseling service for residents in the state of Texas. We understand that not everyone has access to services nearby. Our highly trained counselors can meet with you via phone or secure video conferencing. You don’t need any advanced technical skills to participate in online therapy. If you live in an under-served area or are concerned about a long commute or time away from work, online therapy may be a solution. You can meet with a skilled therapist in the comfort of your home, during your lunch break or in between your busy day.
You can seek counseling for any of our service areas via online therapy. Your privacy and confidentiality is very important to us. We will make every effort to safeguard your confidentiality through the use of secure communication. You will need either a secure phone line (landline), or a computer with a video feature and internet connection as well as a private space where you can meet with your therapist without interruption.
As with face to face counseling, you will set up an appointment time with your therapist. At the scheduled appointment time your therapist will reach you by the agreed upon method. Appointments are usually scheduled in 45-minute increments, but you are welcome to discuss your needs with your therapist. Many times you only need a 15 or 25 minute session and, with distance counseling, that is all you have to pay for.
Does Online Therapy Really Work?
The short answer is yes! Again, online therapy may not be appropriate for all circumstances. We are available to discuss any concerns and questions you might have.
Online Therapy Benefits
- More accessible – helpful for people with a disability or illness or who are living in rural or remote areas
- More comfortable – you can seek counseling in your own comfortable environment
- More convenient – no travel time to the office
- More time effective – easier to fit an appointment into your day
- More cost effective – sometimes you only need a 15-30 minute appointment. With distance counseling that’s all you need to pay for. Just be sure to schedule for that amount of time in advance. You pay for the time you block off with your therapist.
When is Online Therapy not Appropriate?
Online counseling is not the same as face-to-face psychotherapy and is not an appropriate treatment for all clients. There are pros and cons to both methods. Online therapy is not appropriate if your presenting issue is an emergency, if you are having suicidal or homicidal thoughts, if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol or if you need a medical diagnosis or prescription.
We will conduct a screening prior to engaging in online counseling to make sure it is a good fit for you. If it is determined that you would be better served via face-to-face methods, we will assist you with locating an appropriate referral. Our office is located in Houston, Tx.