Online Counseling and Life Coaching
Technology-assisted distance counseling for individuals, couples, and groups involves the use of the telephone or the computer to enable counselors and clients to communicate at a distance when circumstances make this approach necessary or convenient.
Online counseling, also called e-therapy, virtual therapy, and tele-therapy occurs through email, video chat, or online chat. While this format may not be for everyone, it is a great fit for some.
For deep-rooted psychotherapy, we suggest face-to-face counseling. But when you’re in transition, and with a strong foundation – well on your way through the change process – e-therapy may be a good fit.
There are a few ways we can successfully undergo e-therapy:
- Online chat / instant messaging
- Video Conferencing (such as Skype or Google video)
- Email – an ongoing discussion
Online Chat & Instant Messaging:
- Real-time chat sessions with your therapist or life coach
- Use Skype or Google Chat for the most secure connection
- Meet with your counselor “virtually” using Skype, Google Video or another mutually agreed upon medium such as Facetime or Qik – all FREE programs
- Use your webcam to see and hear each other just as you would in a face-to-face in-office session
- Journal Voice your thought process anytime, day or night. If you’ve just had a fight with your spouse, if you are yelling at your children, if you are unmotivated, tired, can’t concentrate, or if you just need to vent, use your email journal to give your counselor / coach insight into your immediate thoughts. This type of feedback helps us help you!
- Coaching Email can be used as a session, whereby you ask how to handle a situation or ask for a third-party perspective. We won’t give advice or solve problems – that’s not what we’re here for! But we will give you input which may put a different “spin” on the situation. Coaching is about us helping you see what you don’t see. In time, you’ll be able to recognize these things on your own.
- Clarification While in session, we’ll will give you lessons, thoughts, scenarios and feedback that, when you leave, may slip your mind. Clients often say, “I left your office with so much good information, but in the heat of the moment, I couldn’t remember anything we talked about!” Use your email to get clarification — we’ll remember when you don’t!
Telephone and Online Phone:
If you’re a person that prefers to hear your support person live and in person, phone calls will be better for you. However, if your telephone call takes more than 10 minutes of your time, this isn’t a follow-up, this is a complete session. Use your telephone follow-up time for:
- Help building confidence