Online therapy can really help you right now, especially due to the isolation you are feeling. The stress of the months-long quarantine has taken a toll on your life in so many ways. Juggling your job, the strain of virtual school for your children, and the tension in your relationship…those are just a few things causing clients to reach out and call for help.
When this initially began back in March, I anticipated staying home and doing online therapy through the summer and then return to my physical office in September. But as time has gone on, that timeline has been revised.
Perhaps you have been waiting until therapists are fully back in their offices before you made an appointment. Doing therapy on a computer is not the same, you’ve noted. I like to be in the room with someone, is something else you’ve probably said. If it makes you feel any better, most of my colleagues and I feel the same way. We miss the energy in the room and being able to pick up on subtle body language cues.
And you’re right. It’s not the same. But not the same doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all bad.
One of the advantages of online therapy is that you don’t need to leave your house. No need to plan out how you’re going to go to and from an office. I don’t even care if you shower or if you’re wearing grubby old sweats. It really does not matter at all. All you need is an internet connection for an online appointment so we can even have a session if you’re in your parked car or outside in a private space.
Another positive thing about online appointments is that you might even feel more open because you are more comfortable being in your own place.
So…how does it work?
If you are interested in meeting with me, we’ll have a brief phone or video consultation to ensure that I’m a good fit. If the issues you are struggling with are not within my area of expertise, I will provide you with referrals to trusted colleagues. In our consultation, you might tell me a little about what is happening in your life. I will give you information about what to expect. You will receive an email containing a link to my online patient portal. And finally, I will also provide you a link to my virtual office when we make an appointment time.
When we do meet, you and I will talk as if we were together in the office. Sometimes it requires a little bit of patience because the technology isn’t always on our side. I try to be as flexible as I can in that moment and I hope you do the same.
It is my hope that clients I see virtually can return to my physical office in Livingston. However, my clinical license allows me to work with clients anywhere in New Jersey.
If you have any questions about the process or how we can work together, feel free to reach out. You can reach me at 201-248-5552 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.