Do you want a more convenient way to receive therapy?
Do you find yourself struggling, but don’t have time to go to an office for therapy?
Would you like to receive services from the comfort of your own home or office?
We hear you and we can help.
With our hectic lives it can often be difficult to get into an office to see a therapist. We recognize that our clients have constantly-changing modern lives and so we provide online video therapy to offer an alternative. The convenience of this modality often appeals to busy professionals, frequent travelers, parents with small children at home, active teens, people with mobility issues, and those who simply like the availability of video therapy based on their schedule. Not every problem is the best fit for this style of therapy, but for many, it’s a great choice. Video therapy is quite easy and, with the improvements in technology, secure. We offer video therapy for individuals, couples, and families.
What is Video Therapy?
Video therapy is professional counseling through the Internet on your smart phone video, computer, or tablet. It is sometimes called E-Counseling, internet-based psychotherapy, virtual health, telemental health, distance therapy, or simply telehealth. Video therapy sessions provide a comfortable, and efficient way for you to get therapy. We use a secure platform for video therapy called Simple Practice, which is HIPPA compliant.
How does Video Therapy work?
Once an appointment is set up, you will be given access to our discrete and professional platform. You can access the confidential online secure video system through a computer, tablet, or smartphone at the time of the therapy session. You will want to ensure you are in a private space and have a stable Internet connection. The video therapy sessions will allow you to feel as though you were sitting in the same room as your therapist having a session where you can see each other and talk with each other in a virtual face-to-face setting (similar to FaceTime or Skype). Sessions are 45-50 minutes long.
Pros of Video Therapy:
Provides options: With video therapy, there is no longer a need to seek out help within your geographical location. Find the therapist who fits your needs located anywhere in California.
No driving: Everyone is extremely busy whether it is due to work, school, parenting, etc. Video therapy is very helpful for those struggling with physical distance, physical limitations, or lack of transportation. Time is precious, so the time you save that would have been spent in traffic is free to invest back into your life.
Convenience: Be seen when it is most efficient and where it works for you without the trouble of sitting in waiting rooms or taking time off from your commitments.
Comfort: Video therapy sessions allow you to be in the comfort of your own home, which may help you in feeling even more open to share your feelings.
Easy to use: Many people are at ease with technology since many regularly text friends, email colleagues, and FaceTime or Skype with friends. Talking to a therapist through your tablet or computer may make you feel more at ease than talking in person.
Private: With Video Therapy there is no chance of running into anyone you know in the waiting room, so your session is strictly confidential.
Cons of Video Therapy:
The reason for therapy: Video therapy may not be the right fit depending on the problem. It is not for everyone.
Focus: It is usually not suggested for people who are likely to have difficulty concentrating due to their computer during a session.
Less control: Depending on the location you choose to be in when having your session, you may have less control over confidentiality if there are people around you who may be able to overhear you.
Emotional connection: Due to the lack of physical proximity it is possible to have decreased emotional connection between the client and therapist.
Emergency: If you are in a crisis, because of the physical distance of the therapist, there is a necessity to use different forms of crisis interventions such as requesting you to visit a local emergency room or contacting your emergency support person.
Who should not use Video Therapy?
Individuals who are an immediate threat to themselves or others should call 911. Video therapy may not be the right modality if you have family of origin issues or unresolved trauma requiring a high level of therapeutic support. If you or your therapist determine that video therapy is not the right fit, then your therapist can provide referrals for in-person counseling options.
How do I move forward and how much does it cost?
Start by reading about our therapists and booking either an intake session or a free 15-minute video/phone consultation. The therapist will ask you questions to get a better understanding of your needs, discuss what you are looking for and provide a brief overview about their counseling approach. If you both agree it’s a good fit, then you can schedule an intake session. Sessions are 45-50 minutes long and are $200 per session. All you need is a computer with a webcam, a stable internet connection, and a private location. Once you book an appointment with us, you will be sent a link to the video conference, clicking on it will connect you with your therapist at the time of your appointment. To schedule an appointment with a therapist click on the “book now” button.
*Clients must reside in CA in order to work with our video therapists.