In our world of smart phones, tablets, and laptops, we are accustomed to immediate access to what we want, no matter where we are. Now you can easily access mental health counseling through Skype video conferencing or website services specializing in what is known as online psychotherapy, tele mental health, skypo-therapy, cloud mental health, e-therapy, cyber counseling, and more. Methods include chat, face time, and video cameras.
Are you the kind of client who would benefit from this service?
My clients who utilize online psychotherapy fall into several categories. Some clients travel frequently for business or pleasure. Online psychotherapy allows us to maintain the optimal regular rhythm and sustained creative flow of our work together, without disruptions.
Second, some clients are mothers who are overwhelmed by complex, hectic "soccer" schedules, caring for young children who might be disabled, perhaps responsible for elderly parents, sometimes engaged in careers, perhaps working as professionals at home. Online psychotherapy is easier to attend regularly because no commute is involved, so there is less time commitment. Mothers who come into my office for regular sessions sometimes take advantage of online sessions when a young child is sick and unable to attend school.
A third category of online clients want to work with me because of my specialized training, specific therapeutic techniques, and our good client/clinician "fit." These clients might have severe chronic pain or illness that makes it difficult to commute or these clients are intellectually gifted or artistically talented individuals who live far from my practice office, even in Europe and Asia.
And the fourth category of clients is a random group with an assortment of reasons for not attending face-to-face sessions. Think of tele mental health as a modern version of a doctor making house calls!
Online Psychotherapy is Effective for Many Problems
A number of recent studies found that online psychotherapy was as effective as traditional, in-the-office sessions for a number of issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction, post traumatic stress syndrome, and more. However, in a life threatening emergency, including self harm or suicidal thoughts, you should call 911 immediately!
A type of specialized software allows me to offer EMDR sessions online. Bilateral brain stimulation is provided visually, as you look at your computer monitor, and can also be administered through alternating sounds. This technique is highly effective in healing trauma and helping clients recover from bad experiences, negative self-beliefs, and patterns rooted in dysfunctional families. After this treatment, many clients feel more energetic, become more organized, feel more content and happy and less fearful and anxious, comfortable engaging in previously avoided activities, resolve relationship problems, and more!
In general, online psychotherapy cannot promise the same degree of confidentiality provided by face-to-face sessions - because of the intervening technology - some methods promise protections that meet HIPAA confidentiality requirements for healthcare providers and clients. Although Skype is considered less secure, there are website services that meet HIPAA standards.
I work through a secure online service. Please contact me (through the contact link above) You may use this website to schedule a private, confidential session with me at a time that is convenient for you. I look forward to our work together and helping you feel better soon!
Dr. Benyshek is a devoted psychotherapist and marriage counselor, a professional artist, and an internationally renowned researcher on contemporary artists as shamans.