Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Online and Phone Therapy

In addition to in-person sessions, I also offer online therapy by video conference and by phone to clients located anywhere in California.  

What is online therapy? Online therapy is the practice of psychotherapy offered via video or audio communications. For video sessions, I use a free video-conferencing program called "Skype" which is easy to use and is available for all types of computers. In order to use Skype you must have a "web cam" and a high-speed Internet connection. See www.skype.com for additional information on using Skype. If you need technical assistance, consult with your local computer expert or retailer.

Why would you choose online therapy?  Some of the common reasons include....
  • You cannot find a therapist you like in your local area
  • You have a very busy schedule and online seasons offer more scheduling flexibility
  • You don’t have to arrange for a babysitter
  • To supplement your in-person therapy sessions
  • To schedule a session immediately when the therapist is available vs. waiting for an in-person session
  • To receive therapy from the comfort of your home or office
Do you provide therapy outside of California?  Therapists are licensed on a state-by-state basis, and as I am licensed in California, my clients must reside here. I will ask you to fill out an Online Therapy Informed Consent Form before we begin our first session. If I determine that you would benefit from another form of therapy or specialist, I will try my best to provide you with a referral.
What are your fees for online therapy? My fees for online therapy are the same as for in-person therapy -- see My fees page for details. Payment must be made in advance through a Credit Card or via PayPal. 
Do you offer online therapy to children and teens?  No, I only work with children and teens in person. However, I can do parent consultations via video conference or phone.
Is online therapy as effective as in-person therapy?  Online therapy is not always as effective as in-person therapy in some situations. In some cases it is best to combine online therapy with some in-person sessions. Other problems are treated very effectively with online therapy alone.  
If you are interested in online therapy, or have additional questions about this service, see the Contact Me page.