Telephone and Online Video Counseling Therapy Services
Counseling by email is, perhaps, a more thoughtful approach than counseling by telephone or live video. Email correspondence, of a therapeutic nature, requires one to organize and give form to their experience using the written word. The written word is a very potent form of communication. In a sense, it is magical, that with only so many letters, one can give expression to such varied experiences ranging from deep depression and pain to exuberant joy and pleasure.
Counseling by telephone has been around much longer than the Internet and has proven to be a very successful medium for most issues brought up in counseling and therapy. From the comfort and privacy of your own home, or where ever you may be, your counselor is just a phone call away. Not unlike email counseling, but requiring less intentional focus of writing, talking is itself therapeutic, especially when talking with somebody who knows how to listen. Telephone counseling has the advantage of visual anonymity.
Counseling by video is the next best thing to an in-person office visit, but yet in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Video sessions are easy and convenient. The preferred platform, for both video and telephonic sessions, is Zoom, which is free to use, and is compliant with the privacy and confidentiality requirements for live video counseling sessions. Video counseling is effective for couples and marital counseling with the added benefit of both parties not needing to be in the same location.
The telehealth crisis support option is an avenue of accessing frequent contact with a professional mental health counselor. A blend of coach and therapist, crisis support can provide you with immediate tactical psychological skills and practical information useful in responding effectively to a crisis situation. Telehealth crisis support offers frequent contact each week for a one month period via video, telephone, live chat and/or email.
Options exist to create your own plan which might consist of extended contact for a day or two, a week long period of intensive intervention, or a quarterly, or biannual plan, at reduced cost. Custom plans are individualized and require collaboration between you and Open Mind Counseling. Inquire about details.
For hearing impaired individuals or those who prefer to avoid telephone or video interaction, live chat and email counseling services are also available. If interested in such service, inquire via the Contact Page.
Validation of Online Video and Telephone Counseling
“Online therapy is quickly becoming a superior alternative to the traditional therapy office visit. In addition to benefits like increased privacy, convenience, and the saving of time and money, scientific studies prove online therapy to be as effective–and in some cases, even more beneficial–than in-person therapy.”
-Dr. Steve Orma
In a comprehensive review of numerous studies on the effectiveness of online therapy, the Journal of Technology in Human Services found there was “strong support for the adoption of online psychological interventions as a legitimate therapeutic activity…”
A 2010 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that video-based anger management therapy was just as effective as face-to-face therapy for a group of 125 combat veterans with PTSD.
A 2013 study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online therapy for depression was equally beneficial as regular face-to-face therapy, and online therapy was even better in the long-term for maintaining reduction of symptoms.
“In the right hands of well-trained therapists, the texting approach may offer a more personal encounter than face-to-face meetings with therapists who rigidly follow mechanized behavioral manuals,”
-Dr. Irvin D. Yalom