Distance counseling uses technology to assist in the therapeutic process. These technologies include telephone sessions, email, real time chat, and video chat. This form of counseling helps increase access to therapy for people who otherwise may not be able to engage in the process. Distance counseling can be used in combination with face-to-face sessions or as the sole method of counseling.
I prefer to see clients in my office if possible, but distance counseling can be helpful for clients who travel frequently, have irregular schedules, are home-bound, or have disabilities.
Distance counseling can be effective with a wide variety of clients and client concerns. Online counseling can be done securely, confidentially, and effectively. As a Distance Certified Counselor, I have received specific training in the use of technology to deliver counseling services. I take measures to ensure that our communications are as safe as possible. Prior to beginning distance counseling, we will review benefits and limitations of technology assisted counseling, confidentiality, and emergency procedures.
Distance counseling is not appropriate for every client. If your circumstances do not allow you to participate in traditional face-to-face, office-based counseling or if you would like to learn if distance counseling may be helpful to you, please contact me.