COUNSELING ONLINE USING CUTTING-EDGE ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Counseling services are for life's tough times. If you are experiencing changes in your life that are tough to handle, I can support you during these times. I provide a safe place for you to open up, to explore new options, to remember your path, to question, to practice new behaviors and ways of communication, to grow and to heal.
My virtual office offers secure and encrypted services. You may chose from the different communication media of video, verbal (telephone) or written (chat, email) communication. Each one of these communications offers benefits and drawbacks.
For example written communication can be asynchronous, meaning that you might write an email and I would be answering you after some time. Or as with chat - this is a synchronous communication - we would be communicating at the same time. All of the communication methods I use are encrypted and HIPAA compliant.
When you begin services with me, you will log into a secure portal that is not open to others. You can make your appointment in my scheduler there, fill out forms, and pay your sessions, chat, video and email in a secure environment. You will also have the option to journal, which can be very helpful in effecting change.
Counseling can be a great resource for you. Whatever life has brought to you, I can help you find the answers you are looking for during tough times. From individual concerns about emotional health, to depression and anxiety, to questions about a child's behavior or relationships within the family, I can provide you with information, solutions and support for your problems. My services are completely confidential.
What is Online Therapy?
Online therapy is professional, secure, convenient, ethical, online, HIPPA compliant counseling or psychotherapy using communication technology in place of face to face communication. My secure client portal incorporates the latest technology to ensure your privacy, security and comfort with technology.
Online Therapy - Here is how it works:
Secure Email Counseling: After registering and filling out the questionaires you will send me an email through the secure Email function of the online office describing the problem you are seeking help for. Then, within 2 to 3 working days I will email you a substantial, well-thought-out professional counsel (2 to 3 pages in lenghth).You can now send and receive secure emails to me instead of having emails sent to your personal email address. When you communicate with me you will be sent a notification to your normal email address that there is a new message in your secure area. No sensitive information will ever be sent via email - only email notifications. Then, you simply login to your personalized Secure Client Area, to view your emails. The secure email system helps prevent others from reading information communicated between you and your therapist.
Video Sessions: After registering and filling out the questionaires to provide me with background information, you will then simply go to the calendar and schedule an appointment for a video session. There is no software download; making this very simple to use. When your appointment time is here you log into your portal. I will see that you are in the "waiting room" and accept your appointment as soon as I am ready.
Online Chat: After registering and filling out the questionaires to provide me with background information, you will then simply go to the calendar and schedule an appointment for our first chat therapy appointment. At the appointment time, we will meet for private and secure instant messaging for our session.
Telephone Sessions: After registering and filling out the questionaires to provide me with background information, you will then simply go to the calendar and schedule an appointment for our first telephone therapy appointment. At the appointment time I will call you on the phone number you provided for our phone therapy session.
Client Journal: You can login to your secure account and write in your personal journal at any time. Client journals are private. You do have the option to share your journal entries with me through the secured site if you choose to do so.
To Schedule Your Appointments: In the calendar section of the Secure Client Portal you will see my availability. You will then schedule an appointment time and the kind of communication (phone, video, chat) that best suits your schedule. For email counseling simply send me an email through the secure client portal to request a session.
Appointment Reminders: Automatic appointment reminders are sent to you 24 hours before your appointment time. Appointment reminders can be sent by email, text message or phone call recording. These reminders will only be sent to your specified contact method.
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Mental Wellness Achieved Through Secure Encrypted Communications Technology:
Mental Health Counselors practice professional counseling, which is a strengths based, psychoeducational, holistic and dynamic discipline born out of the counseling profession in the late 1970’s. Counseling is based on Developmental Theory and your counselor generally approaches mental health from a position of prevention and wellness. Traditionally your counselor will see you in a brick and mortar building and you will have a certain amount of sessions to help you work through your mental health concerns with your counselor. Today we have even more options available: you can now “see” your counselor online. Some states already have laws in place so you can use your health insurance to pay for your care.
A nationally recognized Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC), is a counselor who was trained in applying best practices as a counselor using technology as a means to communicate with her clients. Technology assisted counseling techniques and methods incorporate a best practices approach of traditionally delivered services by the counselor, and apply the distinct advantages of distance counseling via chat, video-conferencing, email, or telephone to make delivery of counseling flexible, effective and safe.
Advantages to distance counseling are many: you might like the convenience of not having to go anywhere to meet with your counselor. Not surprisingly, we might call distance counseling green counseling, because you reduce your carbon footprint, simply by not having to drive to an appointment and not going to an office that is using additional energy to heat or cool the space. You might enjoy the anonymity distance counseling creates, and might feel more free to open up, self-disclose, and work on concerns, than being in the physical presence of your counselor. Distance counseling can also save you time, by not having to travel and find parking, and then waiting for your counselor in a waiting room. Some people might have very little time to take care of psychological concerns and the flexibility of distance counseling might be just right for them. You can engage in asynchronous email counseling, writing your questions and concerns in an email and then getting a substantial reply from your counselor, usually 24 to 48 hours later. Words are powerful, and engaging in distance counseling can profoundly impact your wellness journey.
About 25% of states have laws regulating technology assisted healthcare. Maryland is such a state. However, because most states have no legal foundations for the delivery of mental health care online, most counselors’ services will not be reimbursed by your insurance. Those times when your insurance will not pay for your counselor’s services, you might be able to seek reimbursement through your Health Savings Accounts. I will furnish you with an appropriate Superbill so you can seek reimbursement for counselor services through either your insurance company or your Health Savings Account.
WAYS I CAN HELP YOU WITH DISTANCE COUNSELING:
Adjusting to New Life Situation
Relationship and Family Issues
Consulting and Advisement
Problems at Work
Coping with Illness
Coping with Loss and Grief
Stresses and Challenges of Everyday Life
Child or Adolescent Behavioral Problems
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)