Is online therapy right for me?
Online therapy can be a great thing. With internet access being almost everywhere, accessibility to competent therapy is better than ever! It can be a great option for so many people who can't attend in-person therapy for whatever reason.
However, online therapy is not for everyone. When doing in-person therapy, an in-person therapist is able to hold physical space with you, to some this is really important for connection. It can also be helpful for people going through trauma or crisis to be able to go to an office where they can leave their emotions and sessions tied up in a nice little bow until they come back the following week. Online therapy is done in your own space, not always giving you the separation or confidentiality that you might want or need.
Because of this, I am not able to provide online services to those who are looking to do deep trauma work or are in active crisis.
Any other issues or concerns that might come up in online therapy (bad internet connections, etc.) we can try to work out together.
What will our sessions look like?
In our work together you often lead our sessions, bringing in topics or concerns to talk about each week. I am here to support you, laugh with you, share observations with you and help you find the tools again that you already have success with in other areas of your life. After we develop a trusting relationship there might be times when I challenge thoughts or beliefs you are sharing.
If you need more or new tools for life, you will most likely experience the work of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a great tool to learn how our thoughts, feelings, and actions all influence each other and how replacing a thought or a behavior can so drastically change how you view or feel something. And if you still aren’t quite sure what you want to work on or where to start, we can use some Motivational Interviewing which is just a method of asking questions in a certain way to help you learn and figure out what you want to change and if you are ready to put in the time and effort.
There will most likely be "homework" for you to work on between our sessions. No one can grow and change in just a 45 minute session each week. For therapy to work, you must put in the effort! I also like to bring a lot of simple humor and laughter into our work together.
You deserve to live a happier life, to feel self-love and self-worth and I am always honored to partner with you on your journey.
Why does it cost so much?
Sometimes therapy fees can feel really expensive, I have felt this way myself. While online therapy can help lower the costs of sessions due to not having the overhead costs of an office, there are still a lot of costs a therapist has to take into account when setting a fee for their work.
Please keep in mind that my fees do not just cover the time you are in session with me. In between sessions I write notes, plan for our sessions, I might be researching resources for you or even referring you or communicating (with your permission!) to other health providers in your life. These are all things that are included in the session fee.
There are also other behind the scene expenses anywhere from taxes, having great high speed internet for our sessions to continuing educational trainings so that I stay up to date and continue to grow my skills as a therapist. Therapists also hold pain, hurt and trauma for a living which can lead to burn out. Being able to finance appropriate self care and time off when needed is imperative to an ethical practice.
Lastly, but MOST important, therapy is an investment. YOU deserve to invest in yourself.