“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”
– William James
"What does the internet have to do with mental health?" You Might ask.
For me, mental health is guided by my philosophy on mindfulness which is not just about being in the present but living a life every day that makes it possible for one to actually be present. That means building tools that help you to feel calm and safe in your body, to make decisions guided by your authentic and empowered self, and building resilience to the fears or frustrations that might get in the way.
Certain limitations may make it hard to get to a therapist in-person. Luckily, online counseling can make it possible to overcome these barriers and still receive effective quality therapy services!
This is why I have chosen to provide e-counseling services- so you can work on you with one less thing to worry about!
Common questions and concerns
Is it confidential/secure?
Yes! The software I use is HIPAA compliant which means there are certain levels of encryption to ensure your privacy.
What is it like?
It is a video conferencing call-similar to Skype (but confidential and secure). Our relationship, quality of work, and sessions will be handled the same way as if we were to meet face-to-face in person. The only difference is you are in the comfort of whatever personal space you choose, your home, office, etc.
Are there any restrictions?
Since I am licensed in the state of Florida, you must physically be located in the state at each time of our session to comply with legal and ethical regulations. However, you don't have to be in your home town so if you are away on a trip in another city, you don't have to miss your session!
What are the benefits and risks?
The biggest benefit is taking out any issues related to travel and privacy. As I mentioned, you are in whatever space is private and comfortable for you. Eliminating travel issues also means that we can be more consistent in our work-which can translate to making progress in therapy quicker!
As far as risks go, I would not consider it a risk per-say, but some people simply feel more comfortable in-person and may not prefer this setting, choosing to seek counseling elsewhere. That's completely okay as everything is not for everyone and I respect your decision to do what feels right for you. However, there have been some folks who never considered e-counseling and have really come to enjoy-prefer it even!