What is online counseling?
Online counseling is psychotherapy that occurs between a licensed therapist and a client online rather than at a physical location.
How does it work?
Once we’ve decided that online counseling is a good fit for you, it is important that you identify a quiet, comfortable, and private room that is equipped with a computer, internet access and web-cam. Then we will each log on to a safe and confidential online video platform system to meet for your private counseling sessions.
How is online counseling different that traditional in-person counseling?
There is not much difference other than not being in the same room together. There are some advantages to online counseling that I should mention:
- You get to be in the comfort of your own home or office.
- It’s easily accessible, just log on and we met.
- No need to be stuck in traffic and spending money on gas.
Are videos recorded?
No. Your privacy and confidentiality are extremely important. There are no permanent videos or voice recordings kept of our online sessions.
Who can you work with?
I’m a licensed therapist in Florida (SW7766) and Georgia (CSW003832) and am able to work with any individuals that resides in the states of Florida and Georgia.
What can I expect during our first session?
Our first session is about getting to know each other. During the session you can expect to share your concerns, personal history and experiences. You’ll learn about me, my counseling style, practice policies and procedures and my initial assessment of your concerns. At this session, I will assist you in identifying your goals and together we will make a plan to meet your needs.
How long does a counseling session take?
Your first session is 80 minutes. Our ongoing sessions are typically 1 time per week, 50 minutes however, I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs
How long will I need to see you?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Do you provide counseling in any other language other than English?
Yes, I am fluent in Spanish.