ONLINE COUNSELING THERAPY
As a professional online psychotherapist, I have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of clients who prefer to have therapy sessions in the comfort of their own homes rather than driving to a therapist’s office. All say that they find online sessions using Skype or other videocam formats to be less intimidating than face-to-face sessions and that they feel generally more relaxed and in charge of the process. This is good, because the purpose of any form of therapy, teaching or coaching is to give you the tools you need to better manage emotional suffering so that you can live a happier life.
- Make sure the online therapist offers free email consultation so that you can ask questions about the process. You should be given the opportunity to describe the emotional issues you are struggling with and feel satisfied with the reply from the prospective therapist. This will allow you to get a feel for his or her approach and whether it resonates with what you feel you need.
- Read any books or articles written by the therapist. This is a good way to determine the credibility and therapeutic approach of the therapist. Having a list of credentials is one thing, but does not necessarily mean that their approach will be appropriate for you, personally. You should get a good feeling sense about the prospective online therapist before you start. Of course the same applies to selecting a traditional therapist.
- I think it is a good sign if the therapist requests payment AFTER a session, rather than before. That way you only pay if you are satisfied with the session and feel that you gained something.
- Ensure that online payment is made through a secure site, such as PayPal. This can be set up very easily. Just go to Paypal.com.
- Approach Online Therapy as a teaching medium from which you hope to gain certain tools and insights to help you better manage your emotional problems. You should feel that you come away with something of value from every session.
You can purchase a copy of Dr Strong’s book ‘The Path of Mindfulness Meditation’ at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk and Barnes&Noble.com. A Kindle edition is also available.