Online therapy

….why video counseling?

Like a lot of other therapists, I found myself resisting the idea of online therapy when I first heard about it. There is something about that in person face-to-face interaction that seems to be a quintessential part of the therapy process. But what I’ve learned is that online therapy has benefits that traditional therapy cant offer, and I know many others have found this to be true, too. I’m about making your counseling experience work for you, and online counseling gives you another option to make it fit your lifestyle. The two biggest benefits I see are convenience and comfortability.

1) Convenience: Life just keeps getting busier, doesn’t it? trying to fit an hour of therapy in a week can feel difficult for some people, especially if that requires travel in heavy traffic, braving difficult weather conditions, or having to find child care. Getting to therapy starts to feel stressful, and that defeats the purpose. We want therapy to be something that ads to your life, not something that starts to feel like an obligation or chore. All online therapy would require of you is finding a quiet comfortable place to talk.

2) Comfortability: Understandably, some people find it difficult opening up about personal things when they are in a new environment (my office). Telehealth therapy allows you to find a place to do therapy (which lets be honest is sometimes difficult work) in a place where you feel safest and most comfortable. For some this is a huge advantage.

Will online therapy be less effective than regular therapy?

There is a common misconception that online therapy is less impactful than regular therapy. In my experience sometimes people find their online sessions to be more meaningful than in person therapy because they are allowed to process through difficult things in their own safe environment. At the end of the day what makes your experience meaningful is what you put into it. If you are scrolling through your phone and answering emails during the video call, You’ll get far less out of it than if you find a quiet place free of distractions where you cam fully commit to doing the work.

What Should I expect from an online video session with you?

The only difference between in person, and the video sessions I offer is that we arn’t in the same room as one other. I approach online sessions the way I do in person sessions. I bring my same training and approach, and give the same attention to detail.

Telehealth services are clearly on the rise. You’ve probably seen commercials for things like Betterhelp or Talkspace services. Subscriptions services like these offer daily texting or email communication as well as a weekly phone call if needed. But one big limitation I find with these services is much of the work isn’t real time. Therapists have a day or two to respond to your texts/emails, and much of what I think makes therapy effective is dealing with thoughts and feelings as they happen. That’s not to say these platforms don’t have their merits, but I am most effectively able to help you when we set aside an intentional time be present with each other.

how do I know if I should do in person or telehealth therapy?

Good news is, you don’t have to chose. I offer both in person sessions and video sessions. This allows us to meet in person when it works for you, and do videos, when that works better. I’d say most people prefer in person as regularly as possible, and use video calls when the weather is bad, they have a very busy schedule, or may be traveling for work. But its totally up to you to decide. For anyone in the state of Ohio who has found my site and does not live in Cincinnati, yet you feel we would be a good fit for what you are looking for, online counseling is a great option for you. Meeting in person isn’t necessary for effective therapy.

Will online therapy be less effective than regular therapy?

What You will Need:

1) a quiet confidential place in the state of Ohio

2) access to the software counseling is conducted on

3) payment is due at the time of the session and is offered at the same rate as in person counseling (learn more about policies and fees here)