Online therapy is NOT appropriate for everyone.
If you are in severe distress including suicidal thoughts, violent thoughts and psychosis (a detachment or break in reality, hearing voices, seeing things etc.) you should call 911 or visit your closest emergency room IMMEDIATELY and you will be screened and directed to an appropriate level of care.
For clients with social phobia, social anxiety disorder and symptoms of anxiety, online consultation helps to teach you relaxation techniques and strategies which can help in fighting anxiety attacks and relieving symptoms of stress without leaving your comfort zone. Change happens one day at a time and we are here to support that change.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to online counseling and consultation:
Advantages of Online Therapy
Online therapy offers access to mental health information to people in rural or remote areas, individuals who are disabled or house bound. Online therapy can remove barriers and break through limitations. Sometimes we want to talk to someone that is just in a different area than yourself, with online therapy; you can be assured that you will not run into your therapist outside of the office.
Online therapy is usually competitively priced and the hours can be suited to accommodate your unique needs, if you do not see a time available, simply email here.
- Do to Covid-19 most insurance policies are now covering online therapy.
Disadvantages of Online Therapy
Concerns about confidentiality, privacy and technology as sessions sometimes get dropped if this happens we will keep trying until we connect and work through any glitches.
Privacy cannot be guaranteed unless you are in our office. Please note that online sessions are for consultation only.
Therapists cannot respond to crisis situations, if there is a crisis we rely on our client to go to the closest emergency room for screening. Online therapy is not appropriate for those with serious psychiatric illnesses as indicated above.
Understand that I follow the laws and professional regulations of the State of Idaho (USA) and the psychotherapy treatment will be considered to take place in the state of Idaho (USA) or other states to which I hold a license to practice psychotherapy. Typically, I do not conduct online therapy with clients whose permanent domicile is located outside my license jurisdiction.