Is teletherapy as effective as in-person therapy?
Actually, yes. Even before the pandemic, research found that teletherapy was an effective way of providing care for a range of issues with a variety of populations. Since the pandemic, the amount of research has skyrocketed and it is clearer than ever that teletherapy works just as well as in-person therapy and that, in fact, it has a lot of advantages that in-person therapy doesn’t. Clients don’t have to deal with getting off enough time at work to drive to a therapist’s office, find parking, have a session, and drive back. Instead, they can skip the commute entirely and use their lunch breaks or another time that fits with their work schedules.
Plus, people are generally more comfortable and more themselves in places they know well, like their offices and homes. I’ve also found there to be a huge benefit in seeing people in the places where they spend a lot of their time because it helps give me a fuller picture of what their day-to-day lives are like.
Do I need to be at home on my computer for our sessions?
No. I see some people from their offices, others from their cars, others from home in their kitchen or living room or even their backyard. Some are on their laptops, others use their phone. What matters to me is that you have enough privacy to feel comfortable opening up, wherever that is.
Since your sessions are virtual, can you see anyone in the country?
In order to work with someone, I must be licensed in the state in which they are physically located. I am currently licensed in Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts so I can provide therapy for anyone living anywhere in those states.
What if I don’t live in Florida, Maine, or Massachusetts? Can I still work with you?
Yes. However, I am currently only licensed to provide therapy in those three states. So if you live in another state, we can work together, but I would be acting as a coach rather than a therapist. This means that if you were hoping to get some reimbursement from your insurance company, you wouldn’t be able to because insurance companies don’t cover coaching. If that is something you are comfortable with then please reach out to me. My rates for coaching are the same as they are for therapy.
Can we have sessions over the phone?
Certainly. My clients with unpredictable schedules or long commutes especially appreciate this.