Online Therapy - How It Works

Online therapy may be the choice foryou if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, family ormarital problems. This year the numbers of individuals specificallyseeking these services has exploded.

I sat down with one of my private practice clients last week. She came in a few minutes late, sat down and said, "I don't have time to be depressed!"Professional help using the internet is convenient because it fits into YOUR schedule, and we seem to be as busy as ever these days. Taking time out of your busy schedule for a therapy appointment costs in time, money for therapy and often money for childcare as well.

Forms of Service:.


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 about questions. This benefit also applies to me as well. I often find myself in my study pullingreference books for a thorough and helpful response.

(2) CHAT

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 receive my help. Once you the software loaded on your computer and have signed up for a free account, you are ready for a livesession. I use I.C.Q., which you may download at, Once you've signed up and downloaded their program your are assigned a unique number. 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.


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.


This, the least used service, requires a fast connectionto the internet by client and psychotherapist, otherwise the quality of the conference is verypoor 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. In a study measuring information shared in chat versus live vide,people without the visual connection shared 80% more information.

Interesting, huh?

For specific information on my professional services, including price list click on the link below.

Online therapy is not for you if you are currently contemplating suicide. If you are currently suicidal you need to immediately email me to receive an appropriate referral.

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Learn, do your homework on this new service area and then reach out for thehelp you need.

Warm regards,

Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
Licensed Psychotherapist

Professional Online Therapy Services

Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
622 W. Valley View Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217

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