Is Online Therapy Right for You?
Are you ready for a change, but concerned about your busy schedule, long travel time or commute?
Are you a legal resident of Texas who is searching for a convenient alternative to in-person therapy sessions? Do you want to reach out for help, but just don’t have the time or space for counseling in your life? Perhaps you’re too overwhelmed with stress and daily preoccupations to even think of navigating traffic to visit a therapist’s office. Or maybe a physical limitation, medical condition, chronic illness, chronic pain, or mental health issue makes leaving the house a complex challenge.
If this sounds familiar, you may be the perfect candidate for our online counseling services. While we offer standard, in-person sessions with highly-trained and qualified professionals, we also bring that same level of quality and expertise to our online clients. Whether you are looking for help dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or if you just need some additional support in your life, working with a therapist online can help.
Many individuals who could benefit from counseling online simply don’t know enough about the process to feel comfortable with initiating sessions. Therefore, we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions that may help shed some light on what we do.
Online Therapy FAQ’s
What exactly is the difference between online therapy and traditional therapy?
The only real difference is that instead of meeting with your therapist in-person at a set location, you get to work from wherever you would like to via the internet or phone. We can accommodate almost any schedule. Whether you want to schedule an appointment during your lunch break, before you start your day, or just when you have a little free time. Rather than trekking across town, you can meet with your online psychologist directly from home, the office, or even your car. This type of service meets you where you are and conforms to your personal needs for safety, comfort, and convenience.
Can I expect the same level of care from an online counselor?
Absolutely. The therapist that you will be working with online is the same one you would be paired with if you came into our physical location. We don’t just have one generalist who takes care of the virtual side of things. Rather, each therapist has their own area of specialization. So you can look forward to working with someone who is uniquely qualified to address your specific situation.
Is online counseling effective?
Many organizations have extensively researched the efficacy of video-based therapy sessions. They have found that there is no difference in the effectiveness of online versus traditional counseling methods. In fact, in our professional experience, we routinely find that clients are more inclined to open up and share their stories when they feel at ease. That’s one of the reasons why virtual counseling can be so powerful. When you are working from your comfort zone, therapy has one less barrier to break down before healing can take place.
Why virtual therapy rather than traditional counseling?
Why might you choose online therapy? We understand that life can get in the way of self-care. We wanted to make sure that there was one less obstacle for our clients to overcome. Online sessions are incredibly convenient. They eliminate the hassle of taking off from work, finding a sitter for the kids, navigating traffic, fighting bad weather, spending money on gas, or simply finding the motivation to go.
Plus, wait times are shorter, there’s greater anonymity, and you have greater flexibility in scheduling—including Sundays and evening hours. And if you live in a rural area, or if you are having a hard time finding a professional who can offer the services you need, online sessions are the perfect resource. By eliminating all of those distractions and deterrents, you can finally concentrate on taking care of yourself without stressing about it.
What are the additional benefits of online counseling?
One of the surprising benefits of video-based counseling is that it potentially allows us to see who you really are within the context of your real life. All too often, in-person sessions force clients to assume unrealistic versions of themselves. Online counseling gives your therapist a unique perspective. She might pick up on additional bodily or emotional cues that otherwise might not be noticeable in a traditional setting. That added level of insight can help us develop a treatment strategy that is more individualized and tailored to meet your needs.
What can online therapists help with?
Just as in our physical office, we will strive to match you with someone who is specifically qualified to target your needs. Our specialists are trained in a variety of evidence-based interventions. Examples include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Trauma Therapy, and the Gottman Method. Most types of therapy and mental health treatments available through traditional face to face counseling are also available as online therapy programs.
Whether you are recovering from infidelity, battling an eating disorder, bipolar disorder or seeking therapy for depression, boundary issues, or working your way through a tough transition, we have someone who can help. We also offer online couples counseling in addition to our individual online sessions. Consequently, if you would like to see a full list of our specializations and services, please click here . You can seek counseling for any of our service areas via online therapy.
Do you offer couples therapy or marriage counseling online?
Couples can also participate in online counseling for relationship issues, or parenting concerns. With couples counseling, it’s important initially to meet on a regular basis to heal negative patterns of communication and build new skills. Couples counseling often gets stalled due to the challenge of matching up schedules for in person visits. When this happens, it is difficult to make the changes needed to get unstuck from negative cycles.
With online couples therapy, couples have greater flexibility to attend sessions without having to worry about driving in Houston traffic and finding childcare to attend therapy sessions. This allows you and your partner to make effective and necessary changes to break negative cycles. Online therapy for couples is very similar to face to face counseling. It’s conducted via video, even if one partner is out of town.
What will I need in order to receive therapy online?
It’s really quite easy. You only need four things: 1) a PC, laptop, phone, or tablet with a microphone and camera; 2) a stable and reliable internet connection; and 3) a quiet place where you can talk freely. We will send you a unique, confidential link to access your video session with your therapist. Other than that, you just need a desire for personal growth and a willingness to move forward.
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.
How secure is this service?
We want to assure you that all of our video sessions are held to the highest possible level of confidentiality. Once you set up your appointment, you will be sent a link. This link will take you to your assigned therapist over a protected connection to our secure online therapy platform. We use a secure, HIPPA compliant link that represents the highest standard of protection in the healthcare field. And because there are no in-person office visits required unless you choose, you are the only person who knows you are speaking with a therapist.
We do recommend that you ensure that you have a private space available to use when you connect with your therapist online. This way you can protect yourself from being overheard and feel comfortable during your therapy session.
How long has this service been available?
Distance counseling has been around for a number of years, so it’s not exactly a new development. However, professionals in the medical field are relying on video-based, online conferencing to supplement their clients’ well-being more than ever. Whether doctors, psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, or psychotherapists, all health professionals are finding that online services can help individuals in ways that traditional in-person visits cannot.
Our practice has been working with clients online since 2005. We have extensive knowledge and experience in virtual therapy. We also stay up to date on the most recent trends, research, and advances in the online counseling and therapy field through professional organizations such as the Telebehavioral Health Institute. Some of our therapists have also been trained in distance therapy and certified as a Distance Credentialed Counselor. We also stay current within our profession through associations such as the American Psychological Association or the American Counseling Association.
Are online therapists licensed professionals?
Yes, just as inoffice therapy, our online therapy providers are all required to be licensed mental health professionals in the state of Texas. Our therapists are licensed psychologists, licensed professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers in the state of Texas. Their license authorizes them to use online therapy methods in the state of Texas only. While they may also work as life coaches or career counselors, you can rest assured that our licensed therapists have completed the rigorous training methods to work as a qualified mental health professional.
Are there any reasons why teletherapy may not be for me?
Unfortunately, our therapy providers are only available to legal residents of the state of Texas. We also do not conduct therapy online via texting therapy, text message, video chatting or chat sessions because we feel that it’s just not as effective as web therapy with live video. Furthermore, if you are in a crisis, having suicidal thoughts, or if you are in imminent danger, we implore you to call 911 for immediate help or go directly to the nearest emergency treatment center..
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 form of counseling 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, distance therapy is not a good fit. Inoffice therapy would be a better fit to ensure your safety and provide more effective treatment.
We will conduct a screening prior to engaging in therapy via 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.
Are You Ready To Set Up Your First Virtual Counseling Session?
If you would like to know more about our services or to set up an appointment for your first video therapy session, please call 832-559-2622 or click here to get started. Our warm and compassionate staff would be pleased to address any additional questions or concerns you may have.