Online Counseling Services for Help with Anxiety & Depression
Online Counseling or Internet Therapy is becoming increasingly popular for people who want to change their patterns of anxiety, depression or emotional stress, but want to be more in charge of the process rather than taking on the “role” of a patient. There are of course mental illnesses that would not benefit from online therapy, but for most ordinary people who do not have a mental disease, online psychotherapy is a good option. It is also a very convenient option for many. I often work with clients suffering from agoraphobia and social anxiety who would find it very challenging to leave the security of their homes to travel to a therapist’s office. It is so much more convenient to have a session with an Online Therapist in the comfort of your own home or even at work. many busy business executives now use the internet to work on stress management.
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With Skype, you can have a personal, live, face-to-face session with an online therapist and feel like you are in the same room.
On-Line Psychotherapy, e-counseling and net-therapy are becoming really popular. It’s convenient, affordable and proven successful. The focus is on providing you with the tools to better manage your depression, anxiety, pressure and other difficult emotions.
Mindfulness Therapy is among the very most promising strategies for allowing you to understand the best way to focus on making changes in the core level; rather different that simply talking about your problems, which is not very efficient for solving emotional reactions that are persistent. Should you feel trapped, Mindfulness Therapy helps you get unstuck; in the event you are feeling too worried and anxious, Mindfulness Therapy helps you find inner equilibrium; if you feel over-stressed, Mindfulness Therapy helps you neutralize your habitual stress responses; in the event you have problems with melancholy, Mindfulness Therapy helps you neutralize the negative self-talk and thinking. Above all, Mindfulness Therapy makes an internal healing space, the space of mindful awareness that allows emotions unwind to unfold and be malleable again. Mindfulness allows emotional suffering conclude, transform and to change.
There are many novels written on the healing effect of mindfulness, including my own personal novel on the issue called The Path of Mindfulness Meditation, which relies on years of investigation and working with clients. Other writers who have written on the subject of the healing use of mindfulness include Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who developed a phenomenally successful therapy program called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. After this led to the development of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in collaboration with Dr Williams and others in the University of Oxford. The power of mindfulness as an instrument for easing psychological healing is getting a good deal of respect and popularity. This would certainly cause the Buddha for cultivating wholesome actions, to smile, as he more than just about any other man in history instructed concerning the application of mindfulness and for freeing the mind from the anguish that we create through our patterns of blind habitual reactivity.
This is the reason it is known as Mindfulness Meditation Therapy (MMT).
All of us know how reactivity simply makes things worse and just serves to strengthen our anguish, along with those around us. Nicely mindfulness is the antidote: It stops the proliferation of reactivity and after that creates this inner healing space in which the mental energy which is becoming adhered can become fluid again, leading to healing and beneficial change. This healing process has been described by some customers as being like glowing rays of sun onto a block of ice. The ice (frozen psychological energy) simply melts and the water becomes fluid again and becomes accessible to nourish the earth (your psyche). It describes the healing effect of creating inner freedom through mindfulness, and is a lovely picture.
Online Counseling for Anxiety and Depression
Mindfulness-based Online Therapy has gained tremendous popularity over the past few years. It provides the tools you need to manage depression, anxiety and emotional stress in the comfort of your own home and it is much more affordable. And, of course mindfulness is becoming the preferred awareness tool for creating the right inner environment in which transformation and healing take place.
The convenience of Online Mindfulness Therapy is one of the most cited reasons why more and more people are turning to this first. All you need is a laptop with Skype installed (free download) and you are ready to start. Many people would like the opportunity of working on resolving their emotional problems, depression, anxiety, stress or past trauma but simply do not have the time to commute to and from a therapist’s office. Online Mindfulness Therapy allows me to work with clients from all over America, as well as helping clients in Europe, Australia, South Africa and beyond. We correspond through email to work out a convenient time and then connect through Skype to begin a session. It is amazingly simple, and what is more amazing is that the Skype video-call service is free. Payment for sessions is also easy to make online through PayPal, which is very secure.
Besides the convenience, Online Therapy is typically much less intimidating than going to a therapist’s office and sitting in a waiting room. It is important that the client feels comfortable and in control, and Online Therapy, which in many ways is a form of Life Coaching, is as natural as going to the local Recreation Center for a good workout. The client controls the whole process and this is empowering, which is important for the transformational process. Conducting a therapy/coaching session in the familiar environment of one’s home or office is also more conducive and helps the client get in touch with his or her feelings, which is of course essential for good therapy.Most online sessions are a combination of counseling and therapy. As a mindfulness-based therapist, I alternate between being a teacher, coach and counselor, providing advice and instruction on the application of mindfulness for resolving difficult emotions at the core level. That is one aspect of the work of online therapy. The other involves experiential work with the client, helping him or her get in touch with core emotions to facilitate their resolution through mindfulness-based techniques. This approach works particularly well in Skype video sessions because clients feel so much more at ease in the comfort of their own home.Another characteristic of online therapy is that clients are invited to email me in-between sessions if they have any questions about the homework assignments they have been given. In this way the therapeutic process has continuity, which can be lacking in more traditional approaches, and the client feels that they have a friend and coach to turn to when the need arises.Feeling comfortable with the therapist/coach/teacher is essential and in my Online Mindfulness Therapy sessions, I take great efforts to answer my client’s questions either during a session or through email. It is my policy that each session should bring some tangible improvement for the client and that he or she should feel good about each session. That after all is the key factor that you should use to decide if any therapist, online or in-person, is right for you. What matters is that you feel that you have benefited from each individual session. Most clients who come to me notice significant improvements within 4-5 sessions, not 4-5 years as in some forms of conventional talking therapy.Online Therapy is becoming more widely accepted as a valuable adjunct to traditional in-person psychotherapy and there have been several controlled studies that support its efficacy. The focus of online therapy/coaching is on teaching clients the skills and tools that help them break free from the grip of depression and anxiety or other difficult emotions, and we can all benefit from that. It may not be the first choice for those with a clinical condition, but most of us do not have a mental disease; we just need someone to talk to who understands and can teach some practical tools for handling the stresses of life and the emotional challenges inherent in a marriage or other personal relationship. In fact, the demand for good quality counseling and therapy, including the very popular mindfulness-based psychotherapy, far outstrips the availability of quality providers, which is yet another reason why you should seriously consider online counseling as an option.Finally there is the issue of cost. Generally, due to lower overheads, online therapy is considerably less expensive than traditional therapy sessions. Typically, sessions cost somewhere between $70-$120 / hour, which is very good value. The only down side is that few insurance companies will cover online therapy, as it is still relatively new and the Establishment takes time to embrace innovations.Most online counselors will demand pre-payment for a session, but I prefer to accept payment after a session. That way, no charge is incurred if a client feels that the service is not right for them. It’s another good way of getting to that all-important comfort level where the client feels that this is indeed the right choice for them, which it is for the growing number of people who want to learn better skills for managing their emotions through online coaching sessions.
I practice both in-office and online and find both approaches to be equally effective, and there are a growing number of therapists who feel the same way and offer both options. Of course, phone counseling has been around for many years, but video sessions through Skype has revolutionized the service, and unlike the telephone Skype calls are free.
Peter Strong, PhD is a professional psychotherapist, teacher and author based in Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in the study of mindfulness and its application in Mindfulness Psychotherapy for healing the root causes of anxiety, depression and traumatic stress.
Besides face-to-face therapy sessions, Dr Strong offers Online Counseling through Skype. Teaching seminars are available for groups and companies.
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Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Online Psychotherapist and specialist in Mindfulness Therapy. He offers Online Counseling via Skype for Anxiety, Depression & Emotional Stress.
If you feel the need to talk to a psychiatrist online, visit: Online Psychiatrist at BetterHelp.com.
Wikipedia on Online Counseling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_counseling