I know it’s sometimes hard to meet with me for a therapy session at my office. You may be too busy, live too far away, stuck at work, or have trouble finding childcare or transportation. So, to make it easier for you, I’ve added video counseling services and obtained certification to become a Distance Certified Counselor to meet this growing need. Now we can meet wherever it’s most convenient for you — your couch, your kitchen, your living room.
Very similar to Skype or FaceTime, VSee is easy to use – I promise! All you need is a computer, a web camera/mic and broadband Internet access. The VSee software is free and only requires an e-mail address to install the program. To learn more about VSee click here.
After downloading and installing VSee on your computer, you will add my e-mail address to your contact list, much like you would with Skype. At the time of your session I will video call you through VSee and we will have the session similarly to an in-office session.
I have found that meeting with you online is just as effective as meeting with you face-to-face, and research backs me up on this.
The effects of online psychotherapy outlasted the results of face-to-face counseling
A University of Zurich study divided a group of 62 patients in half and found that depression was eased in 53 percent of those given online therapy, compared to 50 percent who had in-person counseling. Three months after completing the study, 57 percent of online patients showed no signs of depression compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.— Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013
VSee is secure and HIPAA compliant. When having an online video session, the same fees would apply as if you were meeting with me in my office. Due to online counseling’s ease of use, you might be more likely to stick with your therapy program.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m happy to help you decide whether online counseling makes sense for you. You can schedule an online video counseling session via my website by clicking here or by calling/e-mailing me.
**Please note that I do not provide online therapy for couples as the type of therapy I use with couples, Gottman Method, is more effective in the office setting.
**Online Video Sessions are only available for clients residing in Illinois.