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Counseling From My OWN Couch

Have you thought about online counseling? You probably should, especially if you are in a few key categories.

You live in a remote area with few counseling options. Meeting with a counselor via video conferencing means you are not limited to what is available in your town. You now have access to all counselors that are licensed in your state!

You have physical limitations making leaving your home difficult. Meeting with a counselor online means you don't even have to leave your home. So you no longer have to coordinate rides or worry about wheelchair access, or be concerned if someone is coming to your home.

You have limited time available. Meeting with a counselor online takes away travel time to and from an office. It is also a very good option for people with children at home, because you don't have to worry about babysitting.

You are worried about privacy. If your counselor is using a HIPAA-compliant platform (like iCouch, which I use), then you are assured of your privacy. Be wary of counselors that use Skype or Facetime, as these are actually not HIPAA-compliant. You are also more in control of your surroundings in your own home or office, and so you won't have to be concerned about public waiting areas.

Many studies have indicated that online therapy is as effective as face-to-face counseling. Just be sure to check the same things you would in seeing someone in person, particularly that the therapist is properly licensed in the state where you live.

Obviously, you need to have access to the internet and a computer, phone or tablet that has a web cam, microphone and speaker.

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