About Online Therapy
Online Therapy Services, simply put, refers to providing counselling and/or therapy services remotely using telecommunications technologies, such as video conferencing, phone, or messaging to assist individuals in improving their mental and emotional well-being.
Is Online Therapy for me?
This mode of therapy is idea for you if:
you want to engage in therapy from the comfort of your home or while traveling
you have an incredibly busy schedule
you are juggling various responsibilities
you are a parent of a young child/children
you can't make it into an office
struggle with anxiety and find it difficult to leave your home
are uncomfortable with the risk of being seen walking into an office
are in a place where in-person therapy is limited or not available
In order to participate in online therapy, clients must have fast internet and a webcam. Although online therapy can be conducted over the phone, I suggest video calls to allow for a visual encounter.
Online therapy is not suitable for all individuals, issues, or circumstances. Please contact me to schedule a free consultation and see if online therapy is the right fit for you.
How it works
Prior to our first appointment, I will send you an email with easy steps on how to register with NousTalk, the secure video platform I utilize. This should take about 2-3 minutes. You will be asked to review and sign my service agreement. I encourage you to ask me any questions you may have about this. Once registered, you will have access to my schedule and will be able to request appointments based on my availability. You can also make payments with a credit card or email transfer and I will provide you with a receipt once I receive your payment. Every time an appointment is confirmed, you will receive an email with a new link to click on at the time of our appointment. We can also communicate through email to figure out the logistics.
Emergencies and Technology
Assessing and evaluating threats and other emergencies can be more difficult when conducting online counselling than in traditional in-person therapy. To address some of these difficulties, we will create an emergency plan before engaging in online services. Usually, I will not engage in online counselling with clients who are currently in a crisis situation requiring high levels of support and intervention. If you are in crisis and require immediate support please call 911 or go to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department.
Privacy and Security
Privacy and security is extremely important for online therapy. I have been highly selective in choosing a private and confidential video conferencing service and personal data storage platform that has an encrypted connection and is PHIPA (Personal Health Information Protection Act) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) compliant.