If you are short on time, you can still benefit from therapy online. We offer online therapy so you can benefit from the same quality counseling you would normally experience in person at our office via tele-health in the comfort of your own home.
Online counseling is easy to do even if you’ve never experienced it before. Even if you find technology challenging, we will help you get set up, and within a few minutes you’ll see how easy it is to get the hang of it.
Online Therapy Can Help You Find Balance
You may be feeling very overwhelmed with emotions right now. Maybe the thought of coming into a counseling office and meeting in person brings up a lot of anxiety for you.
Online counseling can help you find the relief that you’ve been seeking. Just like in person therapy, online therapy will help you to learn effective coping skills in order to successfully manage your emotions and navigate life’s challenges.
Even though we won’t physically be in the same room together, your therapist will provide a therapeutic space where there is no judgment, so you can feel comfortable expressing yourself in your own way. We will support you every step of the way as we work together at your own pace.
How Online Therapy Works
Online therapy is like in-person therapy. We will still meet face to face, the only difference being that the meeting will take place over video rather than in person. Our session will still be private and confidential. All you need is a phone, tablet or computer and a place where you can sit in privacy during our meeting.
Initially, your therapist will spend some time getting to know you and what type of support you are seeking. We will discuss what is troubling you and your goals for treatment. Once we have a better understanding of your feelings, strengths and goals, we’ll create a treatment plan that is tailored just for you.
The important thing to keep in mind is that the approach is client-centered. This means that we start where you’re at and move forward at your pace. There are many therapeutic tools, and your therapist will teach you the skills that are likely to be the most effective for you.
Our goal at Counseling Arizona is to help you to find relief as fast as possible, while at the same time teaching you the skills you need moving forward to feel balanced, make good decisions and have better relationships.
Treatment Types We Can Do Online
Depending on your unique needs and goals, we will likely recommend one or more of several scientifically validated treatment methods. These include EMDR, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), BWRT and Hypnotherapy. We also offer Couples Counseling for couples who would like to learn how to resolve conflicts and improve communication. We will discuss which approaches may be most beneficial to you and you can decide for yourself what methods you want to try and decline any that you aren’t comfortable with.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
EMDR is a science-based approach that gets to the root of anxiety, fear, shame and trauma. It has been shown in numerous studies to be the most effective treatment approach for PTSD. When there are emotional issues rooted in past events, they’re often exacerbated by current stressors. EMDR treatment enables the brain to permanently heal past wounds, thereby helping you to feel better in the present. While EMDR is traditionally done in an office, we can conduct EMDR just as effectively with online therapy.
This method is especially helpful for people struggling with panic, anxiety, worry and fear. You may have noticed that when you are feeling anxious, your thoughts seem to be getting ahead of you. You may find yourself having too many “what if” thoughts or playing out worst case scenarios in our mind. If this sounds like you, mindfulness could be very beneficial. Mindfulness helps you to learn how to live in the present rather than thinking so far ahead. By learning effective relaxation methods, you’ll be able to focus more on what is happening now and greatly reduce your anxious feelings so you can feel calmer and more in control.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
CBT has been proven to be very effective for depression and anxiety as well as overcoming bad habits and addictions. With this approach, you’ll learn to identify the negative thinking and behavior patterns that are preventing you from being at your best. Together, we’ll develop positive strategies to break those unhelpful patterns. You’ll discover more useful thoughts and behaviors that you can practice on your own that can benefit you greatly.
BWRT (Brainworking Recursive Therapy)
Developed in the U.K., this cutting-edge treatment is a rapid and effective method to replace old patterns in the brain to new, positive patterns. The beauty of this method is that there is no need to disclose details of your past or present issues. Instead, you simply identify something you want to change and decide how you want to feel instead. BWRT is especially useful in treating phobias, anxiety, guilt, shame and trauma. There are also excellent protocols to increase confidence and motivation.
Hypnotherapy sounds scary to some people because they’ve seen a hypnosis stage show or watched the way hypnosis is portrayed in movies. Contrary to what most people think, during hypnotherapy, you are in complete control and can’t be made to do anything you don’t want to do. With this method, you will be guided into a very relaxed state where your mind is more open to positive suggestions. Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool that enables clients to break bad habits much more easily. It can also help to alleviate emotional pain as well as reduce symptoms for various medical issues.
Relationships and marriages can be challenging at times. Tensions can become more heightened over time. If you are seeking couples counseling but finding it hard to find time to come in person to couples counseling, we provide exceptional online couples counseling options. We want to make sure that even with your busy schedules you can both receive the support you are looking for in therapy.
You May Have Some Questions About Online Therapy…
Is online therapy private and confidential?
Your session will be private as long as you have privacy where you are. When you have an online therapy session, you’ll simply want to find a place where you won’t be disturbed, and others can’t easily hear you. Before your session, you may need to ask others in your home to respect your space and keep the noise level down while your door is shut.
How do I prepare for the online session?
Just make sure that you have a good internet connection and close other browsers and apps that might be running so we can keep a good connection. If you are using your smartphone, try to be “hands free” so you can relax and take notes if you want to. Get a beverage, have some tissues handy (if you think you’ll need them) and make yourself comfortable.
Is online therapy as good as regular therapy?
In our experience, we see no difference in the effectiveness of online counseling vs. in-person counseling. Even clients who were reluctant to try online therapy have found that they adapted to it very easily and found it to be very helpful. Many of our clients have told us that now they like it better than meeting in-person because they feel like they can really be themselves. Without having to get dressed up, drive to the office and find a parking spot, you’ll be more relaxed when our session starts. All you need to do is put on your comfortable clothes, get comfy and connect at the time of our appointment.
Is online counseling worth the investment?
Most therapists would agree that online therapy is very helpful and convenient for many clients. Although many clients prefer an in-person therapy experience, online therapy is and can be just as effective. We want to work with your schedule and make sure you receive the adequate support you are looking for. For many, online sessions are the best avenue in accomplishing this.
Get Started with Online Therapy Today
You may be procrastinating on getting started with therapy, hoping things will just get better on their own. If these thoughts seem familiar, we encourage you to consider getting started with online therapy. For many clients, working with a therapist online can feel a lot more comfortable than having in-person sessions.
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