In-person therapy isn’t suitable for everyone.
Your main goal for seeking therapy is to find better ways to manage your stress – not to increase feeling overwhelmed as you add one more thing to your busy schedule. There are only so many hours in the day.
Life isn’t that flexible for you. Work commitments, childcare, and a host of other tasks make it impossible to drive to a therapist’s office.
Making one more commitment interferes with family time – kid’s activities and spending time with your spouse. Seeking time for therapy makes you feel selfish.
When traditional in-person therapy seems impossible, there is another option.
Teletherapy accommodates your busy lifestyle.
Before the pandemic, I only offered face-to-face therapy in an office. The pandemic caused me to provide therapy online, which was a step up from only offering face-to-face therapy.
With telehealth, you need less effort to receive therapy that fits your lifestyle.
Many of my in-office clients reported that after a session or two online, they began to prefer the convenience and flexibility provided by telehealth.
Others have shared that the flexibility of scheduling sessions between other commitments afforded them the opportunity that they would not typically have going into an office.
Telehealth has few requirements.
For our meetings, find a place that’s private and feels comfortable (your room, office, or car) and prevents any interruption.
If you are doing therapy where others interrupt, ask that you not be disturbed (having an hour max to yourself is not a lot to ask). Make sure that you remove all distractions, like notifications, phone calls, emails, etc.
I utilize Google Meet (which is a teleconference like “zoom” meetings) or Spruce (which is an app). Both platforms accommodate your computer or smartphone (audio and video capabilities) and are HIPPA compliant. In other words, our sessions are private and secure (encrypted), so you don’t have to worry about your privacy on that end.
We conduct sessions in the same way as meeting in person.
Are there times when telehealth is not the best choice?
Some clients report not having a good space to have sessions on some days. In these cases, clients can reschedule their appointment to have a more conducive environment for therapy.
Lack of strong bandwidth, Internet connection, glitches, and trouble with technology can disrupt sessions. If this becomes a persistent problem, I recommend that you use another form of technology, find another location to have sessions, or explore the possibility of doing face-to-face therapy (if a time is available).
Perhaps, the time is right to try telehealth.
Telehealth has worked for other clients.
Forgoing your efforts to relieve stress and find the life you want is not the answer.
I offer a proven and effective approach to therapy that can accommodate your lifestyle.
Give telehealth a try – you might be surprised at the results. Contact me today!