Online Services

Internet-based mental health services can go by different names – teletherapy, e-counseling, e-therapy, cyber counseling, online counseling – but no matter what you call it, its use is increasing as electronic means of communicating and interacting increase. While it does not provide the same kind of experience as meeting with a therapist in person, for clients who are unable to access local services that meet their needs, it can be a valid option for getting mental health services.

Some things to keep in mind when you are considering online therapy services:

• Part of the curative factor in therapy is the relationship with the therapist, and developing a relationship with someone online is different from doing so in person. The degree of connection you feel might vary, and that could effect the overall effectiveness of therapy.
• Confidentiality is of utmost importance in therapy, and while I make every reasonable effort to safeguard information transmitted to me, transmitting information over the internet always comes with some inherent risks.
• Online services are not a replacement for the level of care one needs in a crisis situation. If in crisis, it is important to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
• Benefits from online therapy vary for each individual, and some people might find there is no benefit.

If you are interested in online services and would like to further discuss it, please contact me.