Counseling Online - Learn How It Works
Counseling online may be the choice for you. I have been offering internet consultations since 1998, but this year the number of searches in this area has exploded.. The numbers are climbing steadily, showing that you are looking specifically for this service.
I sat down with one of my private practice clients last week. She came in , sat down and said, "I don't have time to be depressed!"Professional help through the net is convenient because it fits into YOUR schedule. Taking time out of your busy schedule for a therapy appointment costs in time, money for therapy and often money for childcare too.
Options for service occur in a variety of forms.
(1) EMAIL CONSULTATION
This is the most popular, probably due to the simplicity. All you have to do here is sendand receive email. Other benefits of email consultation include time to be thoughtful aboutyour questions. This benefit also applies to me as well. I often find myself in my study pullingreference books for a thorough and helpful response.
Many of you now use instant messaging, through Microsoft Messenger, I.R.C., I.C.Q., Yahoo Messenger and a variety of other programs, to communicate live to friends and family. This live chat can also be used to receivepersonal help. Once you have download the software, loaded it on your computer and have signed up for a free account, you are ready for a chat session. I use I.C.Q., which you may download at www.icq.com, Once you've signedup and downloaded their program your are assigned a unique number. Nowyou are ready togo. All I need is your unique number. I put out a call to you across theinternet, and as long as you have the I.C.Q. program running, you are alerted and we canbegin the chat. A box pops up on your screen including a section for the text you typeand a section for the text I type. If there is one downfall to scheduling live chat, it comesfrom a very simple misunderstanding. We do not all live in the same time zone. Scheduling has to take into consideration the variance in time, depending on where weeach live. I live in Indianapolis, Indianan - USA a Central Time Zone area.
(3) GROUP CHAT
Group chat occurs by signing into a website chat room. I would host the chat aspsychotherapist and clients would sign up prior to the beginning of the chat and then sign in at the designated time. A benefit is the cost tends to be lower than one on one chat. A potential negative occurs when the group size gets too big. A good group leader willnot allow the group to be over 10 people per group session.
(4) VIDEO CONFERENCING
This option requires a fast connectionto the internet by client and psychotherapist, otherwise the quality of the conference is very disruptive compared to the benefits. The majority of internet users continue to connect to the internet by modem. Video conferencing may become more popular as high bandwidth connections become mainstream... BUT here's an interesting researchsurvey. A study was completed comparing the amount of informationdisclosed through chat, as compared to live video. 80% more informationwas shared WITHOUT THE VIDEO connection.
For specific information on what confidential services I offer, including price list click on thelink below.
This service is not for everyone. If you are currently suicidal you need to immediately email me to receive an appropriate referral, instead of seeking counseling online.
Online counseling is a fresh, new alternative. Let me know if you have other questions.
I look forward to working with you towards wellness.
Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
Professional Counseling Online
Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
622 W. Valley View Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217
Articles Home Page