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Virtual therapy is amazing because of the benefits it can offer for clients. It is proven that virtual counseling is just as effective as in person therapy. But there are a few added perks:
-Comfort: You get to be in your own home, office, or car while having the session. Your pets can be with you, you can be in sweatpants, and you don't have to drive long distances.
-Choice: You don't have to see a therapist in your city. You can see any therapist across your whole state!
-Convenience: You can use your lunch break to have your session without leaving the office. You can keep your therapist when you go to college across the state. Your parents don't have to drive you to sessions.
There are a few things to know when preparing for a telehealth therapy session:
-You'll be sent a link to Google Meet and you log in when the session time starts
-Be in a private, quiet location for your session
-Make sure your phone or computer is charged
-You can't drive while having your session, so make sure you're parked if in the car or in a home or office
-Please have your pets present so I can meet them (my favorite part of online counseling)
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I help high achieving teens and adults who are experiencing anxiety while trying to manage life stressors (relationships, work/school, self esteem, etc). Usually people who fit this profile are really busy with their everyday lives, sometimes too busy! Teletherapy may be the best option for you.
Online therapy can be amazing! I love being able to provide therapy in a way that is really convenient for you. I've found that clients love being able to be in their own space for sessions. There's sometimes less pressure to "show up" with what they're wearing or look like.
If you have artwork you've drawn, a home project you've been working on, got some fun gifts for Christmas, then feel free to share them! I love seeing how my clients express their creativity and use their skills.
You may end up seeing my own dogs (I have 2) since they like to pop up occasionally in sessions. I'm sure you will hear a bark or two at some point as well.
Overall, online therapy provides multiple benefits so get started today!