Online Psychotherapy via Skype for Help with Anxiety and Depression
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about online psychotherapy. Most of my clients and students have already tried traditional in-person talk therapy and counseling, and many have also tried ant-anxiety medications and antidepressants prescribed by their doctor. The overwhelming consensus is that while these treatment-based approaches help manage emotional crises they do little to help you change the underlying psychological process that causes your anxiety or depression or other forms of emotional suffering. This is what I try to address during mindfulness-based psychotherapy, which I have developed and offer online via Skype for people who are searching for a different approach. I have been offering this service for over 10 years now and the results have ben very encouraging. Most of my clients/student see profound improvements after the first 3-4 sessions. Mindfulness Therapy is very effective for all anxiety disorders and also works well for depression. Contact me if you would like to try a few sessions with me. Payment for sessions is always on a user-satisfaction basis.
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There has been a growing interest in Online Psychotherapy using email correspondence and live video conferencing via Skype, FaceTime or similar services. The convenience of this approach for the client is very apparent: The client can take control of the process, paying only for the time that he or she wants to pay for. The client can have session at a time that is convenient. Of course, not having to take time off work to drive to a therapist’s office is always a plus. Generally the cost for online sessions is much lower too since the therapist doesn’t have to pay for office space. Generally, it is well recognized that if you make psychotherapy more accessible and more convenient, then people will be more likely to stick with it, and this is always a major factor in the successful outcome of psychotherapy.
What about effectiveness?
Well, in a clinical study published in the Lancet in August, 2009, Online Therapy, via instant messaging, resulted in a significant recovery rate for patients suffering from depression. The treatment method used was Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
In general online therapy works best when clients are offered specific strategies with which they can experiment at home. Techniques such as CBT, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy are particularly appropriate.
The very process of writing down your thoughts in an email is an immensely powerful tool for helping you develop a more objective relationship with emotions, which can be very abstract and difficult to verbalize. This is why journaling has long been encouraged in many schools of psychotherapy. Then taking the bold step of sharing this with another person is also very empowering for most people. Some people are good at doing this face-to-face, but many actually feel intimidated and need more time to formulate the right words, without a therapist pressing them for content.
The online approach can also be good for the therapist, because he or she can take time to design the right strategies to offer the client and not feel pressured to provide a solution on the spot.
Is Online Therapy a substitute for face-to-face sessions?
I think it is clearly an excellent addition, and provides an alternative for those who don’t feel comfortable with traditional therapy sessions, or are unable to attend such sessions. It may be particularly useful for those suffering from social anxiety or agoraphobia. One thing is for certain: the internet has become a major part of most people’s lives, and we should develop the extraordinary potential of the World Wide Web for bringing people together to promote healing.
Internet Psychotherapy and Counseling provides a vehicle that will allow many more people to connect and find wise counsel for working with their emotional issues than is possible through in-person sessions alone.
In my work with online counseling, mostly by email, I am always pleased to see how clients become more empowered through the process. Recently, I helped a person in South Africa, who was struggling with anxiety following a recent personal trauma. It was a joy to see his emails in the morning and then take the time to suggest the next exercise to practice to help him resolve his inner pain. We never met in person and probably never will, but nevertheless, I have been able to help heal his inner trauma, and that is immensely satisfying to me as an online therapist as it was to him as an online client.
Online Psychotherapy via Skype with Peter Strong, PhD
Psychotherapy over Skype is particularly suitable for helping you overcome anxiety or depression.
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I provide psychotherapy via Skype. Psychotherapy over Skype is a very good way of getting the help that you need to overcome patterns of anxiety, or to deal with ongoing depression, or even for help with recovery from an addiction.
Many people prefer taking a more self-help approach to working with psychological problems such as anxiety and depression, and that is a very good movement. Typically, you will gain much more benefit if you see yourself as being in charge of the process of change rather than going to a therapist and taking on the role of a patient, for example. That tends to put you in a weaker position and can actually get in the way of change.
I prefer encouraging a much more empowered approach in which you are directing your own process of transformation and healing.
The Mindfulness Therapy approach that I offer during these online Skype therapy sessions is particularly effective for working with anxiety and depression in this way.
The focus is really on teaching you two very essential skills. The first is learning how to change the nature of your relationship to your emotions; and the second approach we teach during these mindfulness therapy sessions is learning how to investigate and change the actual structure of the emotion, the actual process that operates habitually to create anxiety or depression.
So, in the first approach, the first part of mindfulness therapy, it is all about establishing the right kind of relationship with your emotions.
We have to break the habit of avoidance and resistance, or aversion. Avoidance and aversion are your worst enemies. These prevent anxiety or depression from changing and healing. We have to actually learn to do the opposite to avoidance and aversion.
We have to learn to embrace our emotions in full consciousness and with a quality of friendship. We need to learn to see our emotions as being parts of our self that are in pain and require our help; they require you to develop a relationship based on compassion with your anxiety or depression or other emotions.
This is what promotes change and with all of the clients that I have worked with over the years, I have found this to be most essential predictor of change; and that is when you can begin to establish a friendly relationship with your anxiety or depression or painful emotions, without becoming overwhelmed and without becoming reactive, then the emotions will change very substantially. They need this quality of relationship in order to heal.
So, you have to learn how to become a friend to your emotions. Learn to see the emotions as being like visitors, as being parts of you that are in pain and that need your conscious and compassionate help in order to change.
The second part of the mindfulness therapy approach that works so well for psychotherapy online, is learning how to change the structure of emotions.
All emotions have a structure, and that structure is based on imagery; how you see the emotion or the thoughts in the mind is what actually determines the intensity of the emotion. This is a vital factor that we investigate during the therapy sessions together. We start to actually investigate how your emotions work and what kind of imagery is creating those emotions.
The more you learn about the imagery of the emotion the more you can change that imagery, and when you change that imagery, you change the emotion. So, this is quite an essential part of the transformation and healing process is working with emotional imagery.
So, if you would like to learn more about psychotherapy via Skype, if you would like to learn more about Mindfulness Therapy and how it can help you, simply contact me and we can schedule a Skype therapy session at a time that works for you.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you overcome anxiety and depression or addictions through psychotherapy through Skype. Thank you!
Online therapy for anxiety & depression – Talk to a therapist online
Talk to a Therapist Online – Online Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional online therapist and I offer online therapy for depression, also online psychotherapy for anxiety and other emotional problems that you may be experiencing.
Psychotherapy online for anxiety & depression
Most people really like the idea of speaking to a psychotherapist online through Skype because it is more comfortable and convenient for you. Talking to a therapist online also offers more privacy for you. You may be embarrassed to talk to a therapist in the first place, but the online therapy option definitely removes this barrier. You may also choose to speak with a therapist online if you cannot find a local psychotherapist to talk to. I see many expats living abroad for the same reason
Online Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
If you are suffering from severe depression then you should seek help from your doctor. But, for most people with depression and anxiety, what you really need are practical solutions; ways of working with your emotions that allow them to heal and learning how to break the cycle of becoming overwhelmed by emotional reactivity. This can be done very well through Skype and I will teach you very practical and effective mindfulness-based techniques for overcoming depression, anxiety and many other forms of emotional suffering.
Speak to a therapist online from home using Skype
It’s also, of course, very difficult for some people to leave home: They may have family commitments at home, young children, etc, and so the online therapy option is very convenient. Many people live in rural areas and don’t have access to a therapist, or they may simply want to be more discrete in finding someone to work with and the online option is certainly very good for that, and means that you can receive help for your depression or anxiety without anyone else knowing, unless you wish to tell them.
So, online therapy via Skype is growing in popularity and is a very good choice for many people. If you would like to learn more about online therapy for your anxiety or depression, please visit my website and contact me – I will be happy to talk to you and answer your questions, and we can discuss scheduling a Skype Therapy session to help you manage your depression, anxiety or other emotional problems. So, please visit my website and contact me today. Thank you!
The Boulder Center for Online Mindfulness Therapy with Dr. Peter Strong.
Skype-Based Online Psychotherapy for Anxiety & Depression, Traumatic Stress and PTSD, Addictions, Emotional Abuse Recovery and other Emotional Problems: A convenient and effective Online Counseling Service that you can access from home.
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 Online 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 online 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 Psychotherapy 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 Psychotherapy over Skype
Psychotherapy over Skype provides a very good solution if you prefer the convenience of online therapy and you are looking for an alternative to in-person counseling or prescription medications for the treatment of anxiety or depression.
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional online therapist. I provide online psychotherapy over Skype for the treatment of anxiety, depression, addictions and other emotional problems that you may be experiencing.
So, online psychotherapy is a very efficient and very effective way to get help with managing difficult emotions. During the online psychotherapy sessions I will teach you mindfulness-based methods, because Mindfulness Therapy is my specialty and I will teach you how to work with difficult emotions using mindfulness.
So, in online psychotherapy we are learning how to change our relationship to our thoughts and to our emotions. Most of the time we have a very poor relationship the thoughts and emotions in the mind; we tend to either try and avoid them or we react to unpleasant thoughts and emotions with some form of aversion or resistance. Now, on on the golden rules that is so important for you to understand is that any form of avoidance or aversion or resistance will simply reinforce the underlying patterns of reactive thinking and the underlying core emotion itself that is causing the problem. It’s only when you bring consciousness and friendliness to the underlying emotions and negative thoughts that you can begin to regain some control and begin to produce change in those emotions and thoughts. This is a very important principle in mindfulness therapy and it is what we will be exploring in great detail during the online therapy sessions.
It’s really learning how to essentially sit with your emotions in the same way that you might sit with a child who is in pain or a friend who is distressed in some way. You know that the most important thing that you can do is to be present with them – to be present with an open mind and an open heart. Being present with an open mind, well that’s the development of consciousness. Being present with an open heart, well that’s developing the friendliness aspect of mindfulness that is so powerful for producing healing.
When you develop a relationship based on consciousness and friendliness then you are learning essentially how to be present with your emotions, with your thoughts, with your painful memories, with your trauma, without becoming lost in the habit of reactivity. If you do not feed that habit of reactivity then you create the right conditions in which emotions and thought patterns can begin to change. You begin to regain choice and some sense on control.
So, developing a relationship that is conscious and friendly is absolutely central to producing change in anxiety or depression, trauma, and also for overcoming compulsive emotions and addictions. Learning to sit with the contents of your mind is central. In that process, of course, you are developing a new identity, a new sense of your self as not being the contents of your mind. You are learning to break free from that identification with the contents of your mind. You are learning to be the observer, a much bigger sense of your self, it is the one that is able to be aware and conscious with the contents of mind, and this is central for producing healing.
So, if you would like to learn more about online psychotherapy and working with a therapist via Skype, please go to my website, CounselingTherapyOnline.com and email me. I will be happy to answer any questions you have about online therapy and the process of mindfulness therapy and what to expect during these Skype therapy sessions. So, please go to my website and email me and I will tell you in great detail about online psychotherapy and how it can help you with your specific needs.
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 prepayment 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.
ONLINE MINDFULNESS PSYCHOTHERAPY
Mindfulness Psychotherapy is often described as the Direct Path for Inner Transformation, because it works on resolving the underlying compulsive emotions that generate anxiety, depression and trauma.
What is mindfulness and why are so many psychotherapists and counselors now incorporating mindfulness into their practices?
There is no doubt that mindfulness has become a buzz word that is attracting considerable interest, especially after the tremendous success of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others. Such mindfulness-based programs have now become the method of choice for effective stress management and are having a major effect on how we approach psychotherapy and the management of anxiety and depression.
Of course, mindfulness was central to the Buddha’s path of enlightenment and awakening, so the practice of mindfulness has been around for a very long time. Today we are gaining a new appreciation of the remarkable place that mindfulness has in our own lives as a tool for healing the mental afflictions that assail us and the conflict and violence endemic in our world. Now, more than ever, people from around the world are re-investigating this ancient state of consciousness that has remained central to Buddhist meditation and practice.
Mindfulness itself is a remarkably simple practice, and the full understanding of the principle of mindfulness is easily overlooked and poorly understood. But we are already faced by many concepts that have central importance in our lives, but which cannot be easily understood, except through approaching them over and over again at different times and from different angles. Love is one such concept, as is God and Buddha.
The other important consideration to appreciate, before we attempt to define mindfulness, is that the word is multidimensional and incorporates several different qualities of conscious awareness, which I will attempt to outline below.
First and foremost, mindfulness, or sati in the Pali language used at the time of the Buddha, means to be fully aware of what is happening as it is happening. It is the opposite of daydreaming and absent-mindedness and the usual condition of habitual reactivity that governs most of our waking consciousness. In its most basic aspect, mindfulness means to remember to be present and this means to be able to recognize when we are not mindful. This I call the RECOGNITION function of mindfulness.
Most of the time, we are not aware of ourselves, but simply react out of habit. This happens, and I react that way. He says this, and I feel hurt. She says this, and I react by becoming angry. Such patterns of reactivity are very common in our personal relationships and are at the root of most marital conflict and suffering. We just cannot seem to stop ourselves reacting. This is a universal problem that affects not only our relationships with people and partners, but also how we relate to our inner experience and emotions. We seldom really experience our inner suffering, anxiety or depression, but most often all that we experience are the products of our reactivity. We may feel anxious, but instead of focusing our attention on this feeling, we become embroiled in reactive thinking and worrying. The original emotional complex becomes repressed and frozen in the recesses of the mind where it will continue to fester and generate suffering.
It is also a universal principle that if we are unable to be present for our inner suffering, or to be present with our tendency to react, then nothing will change. If we cannot be fully present for our partner, then we cannot learn how to relate differently and more skilfully. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that we wake up and learn to recognize our reactions and get to know them in great detail. This marks the beginning of the path to change and transformation and the healing of conflict and suffering. Mindfulness is a process of tuning in to what is happening in our minds so that we can recognize when we are becoming reactive so that we introduce the element of choice. This choice about whether to react or not may be very brief, but it is a beginning and a sound foundation for transformation.
The first function of mindfulness is, therefore, about learning to be present and aware of reactivity. It is simply learning to show up for your own experience, rather than being compelled down a path of mental activity that takes you further and further away from the present. However, this is only the beginning of mindfulness. Recognition is a great skill to learn, but mindfulness has much, much more to offer. The second dimension of mindfulness is learning to establish a relationship with whatever you are experiencing – whether this is your inner experience of a painful emotion, or outer experience of your partner.
Mindfulness describes a particular form of awareness that is present-centered, direct and non-reactive towards an object of awareness. It is best described as the combination of PRESENCE and INVESTIGATION in which there is an openness of mind and heart to fully experience and know what is present in our field of awareness. Presence is one of the most important components of sensitive listening as when we are listening to a friend who is suffering. As we know from experience, simply being there with him or her in this way with complete attention and presence is often more important than what we say or do. In this same way, learning to be fully present for our emotional suffering is highly therapeutic and is perhaps one of the major contributions to the healing process. When we can be fully present for our experience, then it responds quite naturally by unfolding and differentiating – we simply start to see and experience more. This is a natural consequence of a mindfulness-based relationship: the movement from the superficial first appearance of things to an awareness of a much deeper structure; the movement from the gross to the subtle; from falseness to truth. If you look with a mind that is open, you will discover more than if you simply react out of habit.
This second dimension of mindfulness which allows us to see more of the truth and fine inner structure of our emotions and reactions not only gives us more material to solve our problems, but actually opens us to the intuitive dimension of experience and the natural innate intelligence that already knows how to heal conflict and suffering, but is hidden from us by our reactivity. Therefore, there is a third dimension to mindfulness: THE TRANSFORMATIONAL DIMENSION in which the psyche heals itself through intuitive awareness and intuitive intelligence. Over and over again, I find that my clients already know how to solve their anxiety, depression or even phobias and post-traumatic stress. But, the solutions are very subtle and this demands a very refined quality of listening and investigation at the core level of their suffering and conflicts. This is where mindfulness really comes to its own, because the quality of sensitivity and subtle attention to detailed that is developed during mindfulness psychotherapy creates the ideal environment and space in which transformation can occur.
Mindfulness Psychotherapy is a very gentle yet highly focussed approach that produces immediate changes at the core level of your experience. This direct healing effect is analogous to the warmth and life-giving qualities of sunlight. When you open the curtains and allow the sun to shine on a block of ice, it responds quite naturally and without effort, by melting. It is the same with our emotional suffering, which is formed by emotional energy that becomes frozen in the mind around core beliefs and negative patterns of reactive thinking. Illuminate this frozen energy with mindfulness and it responds by melting, transforming and resolving in a natural way. I invite you to explore the powerful healing effect of mindfulness for yourself.
Online Psychotherapy Services
Online Psychotherapy with an online psychotherapist is becoming the first choice for many people seeking help with Anxiety & Depression or Addictions. Now you can talk to therapist online via Skype from the comfort of your own home, which is often much easier for people and far less intimidating. There are many online psychotherapists to choose from. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the person that you choose and that you feel comfortable with their approach.
If you are struggling with Social Anxiety or Agoraphobia or Driving Anxiety, the online option for psychotherapy is a welcome choice, well worth considering. As a psychotherapist, I frequently see clients who live in rural areas or closed communities where it can be difficult finding someone to talk to. I also see many expatriates living abroad who don’t have access to an English-speaking psychotherapist.
The style of online psychotherapy that I provide is called Mindfulness Therapy, which is a very effective approach for anxiety and depression or for working with the compulsive emotions behind addictions. The focus in this form of psychotherapy is to help you change the way you relate to your emotions. Most of us react with aversion and avoidance, which simply makes the problem worse. It is a well-established fact that the success of psychotherapy is a direct result of the quality of your relationship with your inner emotions. Change this from aversion/avoidance to friendliness/awareness and everything changes. This takes work, but a good online psychotherapist can teach you how.
The Boulder Center for Mindfulness Therapy Online with Dr. Peter Strong.
Skype-Based Psychotherapy for Anxiety and Depression: A convenient and effective Online Psychotherapy Service.
Online Psychotherapy using Skype
Mindfulness-based Online Psychotherapy through Skype
Welcome! I provide online psychotherapy using Skype to help you manage anxiety and depression, also for help with addictions and any other form of psychological suffering that is produced by reactive thinking.
Mindfulness is particularly effective for working with reactive habits, reactive thinking and emotional reactivity in general, and I specialize in Mindfulness Therapy. I have developed a system that works extremely well online and will help you learn how to break free from those patterns of negative thinking that feeds you anxiety or depression or addiction.
Most people work with me on a weekly basis for anything from 3 to 12 weeks depending on what they need. But this approach is very, very focused, it is quite different than traditional counseling. It is not based on talking about your emotions but more on actually identifying the habitual emotional reactions that feed the anxiety or depression, and then changing those reactions, making them conscious and changing your relationship to your emotions and thoughts so that you can break free from the habit that causes anxiety and depression.
So, if you would like to learn more about online psychotherapy using the mindfulness approach do please email me and tell me more about yourself and then we can schedule an online psychotherapy session and you can see for yourself just how effective both online psychotherapy is and also the very focused mindfulness approach for managing anxiety and depression and other common psychological problems. Thank you!
Psychotherapy over Skype
Psychotherapy over Skype provides a very effective solution if you are looking for help with anxiety or depression or an addiction and you are looking for an alternative to medical treatment with medications.
Most people benefit greatly from learning how to overcome the underlying psychological habits that lead to anxiety or depression or the compulsive impulses of an addiction. During online therapy sessions I will teach you how to effectively manage emotional suffering using the well-tested methods of Mindfulness Therapy. Please email me via my website to schedule an online psychotherapy session over Skype with me. The mindfulness therapy that I teach is highly effective for healing reactive anxiety in particular.
Peter Strong, PhD is an author, spiritual teacher and Mindfulness Psychotherapist, based in Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in the study of mindfulness and its application in Online Psychotherapy for healing the root causes of anxiety, depression and traumatic stress.
Besides face-to-face therapy sessions, Dr Strong offers Online Counseling Therapy through Skype.
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