Frequently Asked Questions
What is Online Counseling & Therapy?
Is Online Counseling the right choice for me?
Do I really need help or just deal with problems my own?
How can Online Counseling specifically help me?
What is Online Counseling or Therapy like?
Does medication play a role in Online Therapy?
Do Online Counselors & Therapists accept insurance?
Is Online Therapy confidential?
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What is Online Therapy?
Online Therapy involves the application of professional counseling with licensed professionals via e-mail, live chat, video conference, group forums, phone and mobile devices; to facilitate positive adjustments to psychological, behavioral and emotional challenges in one's life.
Online Support Services Include:
Offering guidance, encouragement and reassurance to your emotional experiences & allowing a supportive virtual communication atmosphere to express those emotions openly.
Introducing appropriate techniques to help you manage life situations, deal with challenging thoughts and feelings, and teach you concrete stratagies to resolve specific issues in your life.
Proviing information/education regarding your experiences, circumstances, feelings and the possible outcomes of your choices in a complete, concise and reassuring manner.
*Online therapy offers a variety of consultation and intervention strategies that are taylored to an individuals unique character, emotional challenges, problem solving abilities and desired goals.
*It is important to recognize that online therapy is not a substitution for on site psychotherapy and/or professional counseling. However, e-therapy offers an effective therapeutic alternative or adjunct for many individuals who prefer the convinience, anonimity, reduced fees, immediate availability, and flexible services that on demand intervention provides.
*Online therapy does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of severe psychiatric disorders, but may serve as an important resource for more comprehensive clinical work.
*Most licensed/certified Online Mental Health Clinicians offer both supportive guidance and clinical intervention for individuals assessed to benefit from e-therapy.
*Assessing one's level of suitability for online therapy is important for identifying specific services that will be most effective and appropriate for a clients individual needs. The online professional will assess this during the initial session. E-Therapy is offered by professionals through personal websites or through an online advisory organization. Inspirational-Healing.Org is an affiliate of PRESTO EXPERTS, promoting safe and effective online counseling with verified licensed therapists.
Is online counseling right for me?
There are many reasons why people seek professional counseling as an individual choice. Sometimes it is to gain brief emotional support and clarity regarding a short term conflict. Other times it is the need for adjustment guidance in response to unexpected changes in one's life. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own interpersonal exploration, personal development and spiritual growth. Working with an online therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges.
Online therapeutic services can help address many issues including stress management, building self-esteem, relationship conflict, coping with loss and dealing with general life transitions. Professional counseling is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
*Dealing with long-standing psychological issues, problems with anxiety and depression, or chronic mental illness may require more comprehensive in-person psychological services that are offered through psychiatry, psychotherapy and mental health counseling by licensed professionals.
Online counseling may be right for you if:
~You have and are familiar with basic computer skills and navigating the internet
~You are comfortable with online/distance comunication (e-mail, chatting, phone)
~You need readily available support in conjunction with in-person treatment
~You need immediate crisis counseling
~You prefer per diem or 'as needed' counseling
~You are diagnosed with a mental illlness or emotional condition that
will benefit from & is suitable to online therapeutic intervention
Online Self-Assessment Tools
One of the most beneficial aspects of online counseling involves the application of interactive media for improving therapeutic education, cultivating self-awareness, expanding social support systems and tracking your recovery progress. I would like to encourage you to explore MyTherapy to gain insight into what you are experiencing and how to move forward through recovery. This site offers some fantastic free resources including:
Psychiatric diagnostic assessment
Quality of Life assessment
Computerized private diary (progress notes)
Computerized graphing of your progress
Statistical analysis of your progress
Do I really need a counselor? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, psychotherapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Online counseling can provide long-lasting benefits, giving you the tools you need to reframe the context of difficulties, re-direct negative thought patterns, reaffirm life enhancing behavior, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can online counseling help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in online counseling. Mental health professionals can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as relationship troubles, grief, stress management, and creative blocks. Many people also find that online counseling can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Online counselors can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from online counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues that led you to seek guidance
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is online counseling like?
Every online counseling session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. Some people prefer ongoing consultation with a single mental health practitioner, while others seek a single session for guidance on a specific matter. It is standard for E-Therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during chat, e-mail, video conference and phone sessions. It is also common to schedule a series of weekly/monthly sessions, lasting around fifty minutes.
Online counseling can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the E-Therapy sessions, such as reading relevant online books/articles, keeping records to track certain behaviors and/or participating in support-group forums.
For online counseling to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between your online sessions. People seeking professional guidance are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of online therapy:
Compassion, respect and understanding
Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
Real strategies for enacting positive change
Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
*Please review The Elements Of Good Therapy by GoodTherapy.Org outlining the principles and practices of healthy psychotherapy.
*Inspirational-Healing.Org supports this standard for ethical and effective therapeutic work. Please feel free to contact me if you are experiencing questionable therapeutic practices. I would be glad to give you feedback about your concerns.
Does medication play a role in online therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do online counselors accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Most licensed professionals accept insurance for both online and on site therapy. To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Do any restrictions exist for online or phone therapy?
Is Online Therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is an essential component of any therapeutic relationship. The law protects the right to privacy between a client and Human Development Consultant, Professional Counselor, Mental Health Clinician and/or Psychotherapist. Information exchanged through online consultation and/or therapy sessions cannot be disclosed to any individual or agency without your written permission and consent. (See: Authorization Disclosure Form)
There are however situations in which confidentiality must be waived in order to ensure the protection, safety and well being of a client and/or third party.
These exceptions include the following:
If a client offers information regarding an implication of suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, it is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s and refuses reasonable safety measures, proper authorities must be notified and the intended victim informed.
If a client intends to harm him or herself, every effort will be made to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If the client refuses reasonable safety measures, further permissions that are required/provided by law will be taken in order to ensure their well being.
If confidentiality must be waived for any of the above reasons the client will be informed whenever possible. Issues with the diclosure will be discussed openly with continued therapeutic services, advocacy and support.
Online therapy must provide additional protective measures for secure online information exchange between client and clinician.