Long Distance Therapy Sessions

What is Long Distance Counseling?

Many clients chose to see a counselor remotely rather than in person because it is convenient and affordable. Online counseling has gained popularity in recent years as more therapists than ever before offer long distance sessions. This type of therapy goes by many names including telehealth, e-counseling, or cyber-counseling. Generally, these sessions take place over the phone or via a secure video chat software to insure client’s privacy and comfort.

The Benefits of Online Counseling

  • More affordable than conventional counseling
  • No commute time
  • Have therapy in whatever environment you prefer
  • No difficult traveling for people with different ability levels
  • Save time
  • Continue with your therapists even if you move
  • Increases access to counseling
  • See a specialist even if there isn’t one in your area

About My Practice

I provide online and phone counseling for teenagers and adults who are coping with anxiety, addiction, and life transitions. I have experience working with teens and young adults both in private practice and school settings. Additionally, I have worked with many clients in inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction in order to help them build mindfulness and self-care practices.

When I begin working with someone we usually start with an exploration of what the person wants to change. Then, I work collaboratively with clients in order to help them set goals and meet them. It is my belief that as the client you are the expert on yourself. I am here to listen, support, and advocate but ultimately therapy is about empowering you to grow. Please visit my about page to find out more about me.

Who I Work With

Teenagers

Help with developmental, academic, and social difficulties.

Anxiety

People coping with panic attacks, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety.

Addiction

People coping with substance abuse disorders and process addictions.

LGBTQ

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals.

Mindfulness

Clients who are interested in mindfulness or meditation.

CBT

Counseling for people who are interested in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach.

How Long Distance Therapy Works

In order to begin our work together I start with a free 20 minute phone consultation. If you are interested in a free consultation please call or email me at (707) 780-3003 or Elizabeth@OneMindTherapy.com. During this initial phone call we work together to figure out if we are a good fit. If you decide to move forward, we then schedule a time for a full 50 minute session. After this initial call I will also send you intake and informed consent form for you to fill out prior to our first session.

Online Sessions

I use a secure online therapy session software to ensure client’s confidentiality. When you make your initial appointment I send you full instructions for using the software. Once you receive the instructions you can always contact me if you have any questions about how to use it. When it is time for our session I ask that you are somewhere that is private and has a reliable internet connection. Most people chose to have their session in the comfort of their home. Then we proceed just like you would with in person counseling!

Phone Sessions

Your second option for long distance counseling is to schedule a phone session. This is a great choice for people who are uncomfortable with internet technology or just like privacy of a phone call. If you prefer to have phone sessions, we set up an appointment and I call you at the given time. I ask that for phone sessions you are somewhere private with a stable phone connection.

Freequently Asked Questions

  • Online counseling is for anyone who wants therapy and feels comfortable with a phone or video conferencing format. Some groups of people find online counseling much easier than in person counseling, including:

    • People with certain disabilities
    • People who are shy
    • Individuals with scheduling difficulties
    • People who do not have counselors in their area
  • There are a number of reasons that people might not be a good fit for remote counseling. Some people who might chose in person counseling instead are:

    • People who are uncomfortable with phone or internet technology
    • Clients seeking family counseling
    • People who are looking for therapy groups
  • A 2013 research study found that telemedicine was comparable to in-person care. As more counselors offer online or phone therapy more research is done to see how effective this care is. The overwhelming majority of current evidence shows that long-distances counseling is just as effective as in person counseling.

  • Generally long distance counseling is slightly less expensive than in person counseling. This of course can differ from therapist to therapist. However, because there is no need to pay for office space, generally remote counselors can offer you best price possible. I offer a free 20 minute consultation where we can discuss the cost of your counseling.

  • I offer 50 minute phone or video chat sessions. This is the same amount of time I see people for when working with them in person.

  • Generally I see people once a week for counseling. However, depending on your particular needs this might be different. Some people I see every other week while others who are in crisis I might see twice a week for a period of time.

  • Yes, online counseling is as secure as in person counseling. I use a video conferencing software that complies with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists ethical guidelines. Additionally, I use a secure scheduling and online note taking software.

    The only variable that I cannot control is on your end. I cannot ensure your confidentiality if you chose to have your session in a public setting.

  • At this time I do not take insurance. Clients are responsible for paying the full balance of their session. I am currently working on taking insurance and will update this information when and if that becomes an option.

  • Yes, regardless of where you are I can collaborate with your other healthcare providers. It is common for me to work with your general practitioner or psychiatrist in order to coordinate treatment. In order to do this I will have you sign a release of information form.

Disclaimer

I am an Associate MFT under the supervision of Vanessa Eyen, LMFT. My License enables me to work with people in the state of California as a therapist. If you our outside the state and would like my services I can see you for life coaching rather than therapy.