Online therapy, also known as Telehealth, is the provision of therapeutic services via video chat or phone call. Online therapy allows for more access to counseling services to those who would otherwise struggle with attending in-office appointments. It can address most counseling issues and can also be combined with in-office therapy.
Online therapy is not appropriate for everyone. Those who are in crisis, contemplating suicide, and struggling with extremely upsetting circumstances would not be best supported by online therapy and should seek an in-office clinician. If you are currently struggling with thoughts of harming yourself or others, dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you reside anywhere in the state of California, you can receive online therapy through my services. This is a great option for people who live in remote areas, struggle with transportation or childcare, or who have challenging schedules (such as shift work). The programs utilized for online therapy are HIPAA compliant and encrypted in order to maintain your confidentiality and privacy.
Online therapy does require access to a device with a camera and microphone and a suitable internet connection. A laptop with a web cam or a cell phone both work well. And if you are able to stream Netflix (or similar services) without issues, your internet will be able to handle video sessions. Headphones can also help reduce audio interference and create a more connected experience.
Online counseling sessions are between 45-90 minutes and cost $135-$200 per session, depending on the type of treatment. Sessions occur on average once every week or two weeks. Based on your goals and treatment needs, therapy and counseling can be as brief as 8-10 sessions or can be longer-term over a year or two.
I offer a free 20-minute consultation for those interested in counseling services. It will give you a chance to describe your particular issue, ask any questions about my experience, and help you feel more comfortable with me.