Online therapists? What won't they think of next? Yes, therapists are online, and I will bet that Ann Landers would approve.
You can work with a therapist from anywhere in the world now, online, from the convenience of your home computer, doing an e-mail therapy, which is much like journaling, or phone therapy, or chat therapy, or video therapy utilizing webcams.
So if you have read of an interesting new research idea, you may be able to work directly with the online therapists doing the research, or training folks in that new technique. Busy schedules, difficulty with traveling to the therapist's office, fear of going out in public, privacy concerns, and 24 hour availability are only a few of the reasons given for using online therapists.
Email Sessions Might Look Like This;
After purchasing your email session, you compete your pre-Session form which tells your online therapist about you and your reasons for seeking therapy. After careful review of your pre-Session form, your online therapist responds to you by email with a well thought out answer within 48 hours. Your online therapists will spend approximately 30 minutes on their response to you. This process is one email session.
With e-mail, much of the benefit for you will derive from the writing itself. Therapists often encourage clients to keep journals or write to help clarify and express their thoughts.
You may have a simple one-time question, or you may choose to use this as a way to establish a longer term relationship with a therapist.
Online Chat and Phone Sessions Might Look Like This;
Telephone and online chat offer additional options from which to choose. For those who have never tried chat, it's a very simple process. After purchasing a session and completing your pre-Session form, you meet your therapist online here, in his/her "virtual office." You type a message to your therapist and he/she responds by typing back immediately, in real time.
Choosing our phone option means that after purchasing a session and completing your pre-Session form, your therapist will call you at your appointment time, at a number you specify . You will talk with your therapist for the amount of time you purchased.
Video Conferencing might look like this;
Video Conferencing is very similar in that you will be able to see your online therapist, and he or she will be able to see you. You may be able to either talk in real time or chat.
Video conferencing will mean an investment in a web camera, which begins at around $40.00 I believe, and would make my job, were I an online therapist, easier because I could see my client.
I really attend to nonverbal visual cues, and although one can listen very carefully, the combination of visual and audio cues is very important to me.
Working with an online therapist may be a comfortable, convenient way for you to begin opening up to another person and trying out the idea of therapy, or you may already be familiar with therapy and choose this option for the added convenience and privacy it offers.
So where can you find an online therapist?
Google will be glad to help you.
There are some online therapists in groups, so that you can look at many providers to see whom you are comfortable with.
In my internet searches I have run across this group repeatedly at the top of the search results, and the group/site is run by Jeff Ganzley.
If you are a visual consumer like I am, you like videos and books to combine with and to enhance your work with your online therapists.
This site gives you the opportunity to explore a catalog of products while you pick from a number of skilled clinicians.
You will note that the price on an online session is usually lower than what you would pay for an office visit.
It is my understanding that most insurance policies do not pay for online therapists, so it will be self pay.
Apparently many customers are willing to forgo an office visit for the benefits of convenience, choice, and economy.
Can You Combine Online Brain Fitness Training With Your Online Therapy?
Yes, and I would be surprised if part of your work did not touch on the pillars of brain fitness, which are physical exercise, nutrition, including antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acid, sleep, stress management, and novel learning experience.
If you are curious about the connection, please read Brainfit for Life by Simon Evans,Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt,Ph.D.
Online brain fitness programs fit in the 'novel learning experience' pillar, and their book speaks to the benefits to our IQ (it goes up) when we do the dual n back task for 19 days, about 1/2 hour a day.
It works, along with several other online computerized brain fitness programs.
The dual n back task is what the Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Program is predicated on.
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