Today counseling over the Internet can vary between a few brief consultation email about a specific issue, to more extensive work to change patterns of behavior or thinking. Services that are currently available include: using e-mail (regular or encrypted), real-time chat, secure web-based messaging, videoconferencing, and voice-over-IP (Internet phone).
We have to admit, nothing beats a face-to-face therapy session, but the convenience and availability of professional online therapy is here right now. As people get comfortable typing or speaking on the phone, they report that they are able to talk to the therapist as openly and spontaneously as they did in the face to face therapy. Research has made it clear that this manner of offering therapy is effective and those who’ve experienced it have said they would seek it out again.
Diana Smith, PhD, LPC-MH owns and operates Serenity Mental Health Services and is licensed by the National Board of Certified Counselors. License number is LPC-MH2025 and she follows the ethical guidelines described by the NBCC found at their web site www.nbcc.org/webethics2. Diana is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Certification Number 43911. In addition, she is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Member ID# 5140627. Online counseling can help you right now. Research has made it clear that this manner of offering therapy is effective and those who’ve experienced it have said they would seek it out again.