Individual office visits in Vancouver or North Vancouver
On site exposure therapy
If your specific symptoms call for therapy in “real life” situations (e.g., restaurant, grocery store, home), I will make arrangements to meet you out of the office, charging my usual hourly rate plus travel time.
Online Therapy: Is It Right For You?
In addition, online therapy is relatively new, therefore only a small body of research exists to support its effectiveness. This does not mean that online therapy is ineffective but rather that it should be considered experimental at this stage of its development.
I believe online therapy can be effective and helpful for the right person in the right circumstances. Please read the following pros and cons to see if online therapy might be right for you.
POSSIBLE ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE THERAPY ARE:
- You can engage in therapy even if you are homebound or live in a remote area.
- You will have an automatic written record of the therapy.
- You can read the therapist's responses as often as is helpful to you.
- You can choose a single consultation or ongoing therapy.
- You do not have to travel to a therapist's office or mental health clinic.
- It's possible to engage in therapy from home, work, or even while traveling.
- Online therapy is generally more affordable than face-to-face therapy.
- Online therapy can be less intimidating with no stigma attached.
POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGES OF ONLINE THERAPY ARE:
- The lack of body language and verbal (spoken) cues;
- The possibility of misunderstandings due to text-based communications;
- Problems associated with technology failures (i.e., power outages, crashes);
- Risks to confidentiality due to technology (i.e. hackers);
- Potential difficulties in verifying the identity of either party;
- Problems in helping a suicidal or homicidal client;
- The requirement of being comfortable with computers and keyboards;
- The fact that insurance companies generally will not pay for online therapy.
YOU SHOULD NOT CONSIDER ONLINE THERAPY IF:
- You have serious thoughts of hurting yourself or others - if so, "Are You In Crisis Now" under Depression
- You have a chronic mental illness requiring intense treatment;
- You prefer face-to-face therapy and it is available to you;
- You are uncomfortable with computers and keyboards.
ALTERNATIVES TO ONLINE THERAPY:
- Face-to-face therapy or counseling from a mental health professional;
- Finding a support group in the community;
- Using family or friends as supports;
- Reading self-help books.
Speaker for your school or group
I have the following presentations prepared for small or large groups:
“10 Things I Hope My Clients Get From Therapy” a Powerpoint presentation
“Paperwork – The Journal as a Therapeutic Tool” interactive workshop
“Dieting Mothers – Dieting Daughters” how to prevent eating disorders in your family
New Clients – background information