If you are new to my site, welcome! If you are apart of my social media family, thanks for your continued support! If you follow me on FB and IG you already know my family and I recently relocated to California. Yep, I am officially a Cali girl for a few years! With such a move, a lot of transitions are happening for us, including my career. If you have not read my About Me page please check it out. I discussed my passion and ultimate goal for Therapist Married to Navy.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. My fresh approach to therapy, compounded with my creativity, innovative drive and natural leadership are my tools of the trade. I am also currently working on getting licensed in other states. Although I am in California, I want to continue to practice as a licensed clinician. I have an unwavering love for all aspects of therapy and the ability to engage with individuals as they define where they come from and redefine their purpose in life. Therefore I decided to join Talkspace to provide online therapy. Online therapy is therapy via secured apps for texting, video chatting, voice messaging, audio messaging and live sessions.
1. What are some benefits of online therapy?
- Online therapy is convenient and may benefit you if your schedule does not allow you to make appointments, you have a physical disability that prevents you from attending face to face appointment, or you live in a rural community.
- According to APA, online communication is very comfortable for most people, especially young adults, who are familiar with the technology aspect of it. More often than not, technology plays an imperative role in today’s society. Many of us (including myself) have more than one social media account that we are active on.
2. Before you decide to engage in online therapy.
- Online therapy is not for everyone. There are many individuals and circumstances that may benefit from face to face. For example, someone who may be considered high risk i.e. suicidal or homicidal.
- Do your research… All therapists practicing online should be licensed. All practicing therapists must be licensed in their practicing states, this is a requirement to practice online. Some individuals identify as a therapist, it could be because they work directly under a Qualified Supervisor (a licensed clinician who has practiced for several years, and completed additional training). Ask direct questions regarding the therapist license. You can also search for license information online. Licensure laws and statues serve a purpose, it is to protect the client. Learn more about the difference between a therapist and a counselor.
- The site and app should be secure. Client’s needs a safe and private place to share personal and confidential (there are few exceptions to confidentiality) information. Be sure the site and app are within HIPPA compliance.
- How will you pay for services? Most insurances will not pay for online therapy. Therefore you will pay out of the pocket. However, some of the fees are typically less expensive (but not in all cases, it depends on your therapy plan). Be sure to check with your employer regarding employee assistance programs (EAP) and mental health benefits.
If you are a Florida resident and in need of mental health services, please feel free to schedule an appointment with me. Licensed clinicians cannot avoid multiple relationships altogether. According to the Ethics Code, clinicians should avoid relationships that could reasonably impair their professional performance, or could exploit or harm the other party.
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Have you tried online therapy, if so, what are your thoughts? Do you have questions for me, if so leave them in the comment section or email me.
***This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional help or advise. Please seek the appropriate help if you are in a life-threatening situation. Call the 24-hr National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.