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Information Regarding Online Counseling |
Requirements for Online Counseling
Who Can Benefit from Online Counseling?
People with disabilities who lack
mobility to physically attend face to face counseling
sessions and are able to work a keyboard or assistive
Those who live in isolated areas or have
no access to mental health therapists.
People who are socially or politically
active and prefer to seek therapy outside of their
refer to client confidentiality)
Clients who are caretakers and unable to
attend therapy sessions outside of the home.
People who have varied work schedules and
are unable to plan for appointments.
Those with trust or safety issues. (please
refer to client confidentiality)
People with anxiety disorders or
agoraphobia, which means they are afraid to leave the
Adolescents with the written consent of
their parent or guardian.
Those who lack transportation to attend
face to face counseling sessions.
Those who want to send or receive
messages during specific times of the day or night.
Clients who do not like playing
‘telephone tag’ with their therapist.
(I will respond to your request within 24-48 hours.)
People can take their time with their
email message, and concentrate on getting their thoughts and
words just right. At the same time, I as the counselor will
have time to put a lot of thought into my response.
You will have a written record of our
refer to client confidentiality)
Some people feel less inhibited via
online counseling than face to face, and tend to feel more
comfortable being more open with the counselor.
Reasons Not to Use My Site at This Time:
If you are having thoughts of hurting
yourself or someone else. This can include cutting or other
forms of self-mutilation, suicidal or homicidal thinking.
If you are in a severe state of panic or
anxiety or are in an imminent crisis.
You are under the influence of drugs or
You have been diagnosed with a serious
psychiatric disorder and are experiencing hallucinations;
either visual, (seeing things that
only you can see) auditory (hearing voices), or tactile
(feeling things on your skin that really are not there.)
If you are in need of immediate
counseling and your situation is so tenuous that you
cannot wait 24-48 hours for a response from me.
Your safety and the safety of those
around you are very important.
If you meet any of these conditions, please
this web site immediately and:
Contact your local emergency room
or call 911.
Call a local crisis phone number or
Make an appointment at a local
mental health clinic or counseling center to schedule an
office visit. Please inform them that you have urgent
needs and many times you will be seen much faster.
Contact a trusted minister, friend
or family member.
Send an email to contact a trained
volunteer crisis counselor at
If you are currently under the care of a
therapist, psychologist, social worker or psychiatrist, it would
be better to continue seeing them. Ethically I should not be
providing counseling to clients who are being followed by
another mental health professional.
Information Regarding Online Counseling:
This web site offers online counseling with
a Master’s prepared Pennsylvania licensed mental health
therapist via secure chat and email.
Chat room counseling occurs
in real time. This is similar to face to face counseling;
however we speak to each other via text instead of in person. In
chat room counseling you and I schedule a session and it lasts
for either 25 minutes or 50 minutes. Online chat counseling will
occur at Counseling and Trauma Services encrypted chat site.
Email counseling offers
another medium for accessing counseling services when you cannot
be available for online chat. Once your email is received, an
email reply will go out within 48 hours of receiving your
message. Again, your message to Counseling and Trauma Services
and the reply to you will be encrypted to protect your
How to Get Started with Email or Chat
After you've acquainted yourself with our
website and services, if you feel that online counseling with
Counseling & Trauma Services is right for you, please click the
"Get Started" link below. You will be guided
through an easy, step-by-step process that will help you to get
started with your email or chat online
Just to give you an idea of how the process
works, after clicking on "Get Started," I'll
first ask you to choose your method of counseling and provide
some information about yourself. The information, along with
your copy of an agreed upon "informed consent" will be submitted
directly to me, your therapist, through a secure, encrypted
form. After I receive this information from you, I will respond
to you within 24-48 hours.
If you have decided to do email
counseling, I will give you further instruction on how
our first email counseling session will work and instruction on
how to prepay for the service. After payment has been made,
email counseling may begin immediately.
If you have decided to do chat
counseling, I will first provide you with login and
password information, some date/time options for our first chat
counseling session (according to the information you provide to
me beforehand, regarding your availability), and instructions
for prepayment of services. You will then email me back to
confirm an appointment. After pre-paying for your first session,
you will go to the "Chat Counseling" page of this website at our
scheduled time and login to meet me for our first chat
People who can benefit from online
counseling need to be comfortable working with computers and on
the internet. It is not necessary to be a “techie” but you need
to be somewhat proficient in working with email and chat rooms.
You should be able to read type and be comfortable using written
words in order to express your ideas. It is not necessary to be
a great speller or to always be grammatically correct.
It is very important that you read the
Confidentiality information. Counseling and Trauma
Services is placing a reminder here because you are responsible
for the privacy of your messages on your own computer. This
cannot be stressed enough that you should block, secure, or
otherwise limit others from having access to our chat and email
conversations. This is not for the benefit of Counseling and
Trauma Services; but to benefit you. Please use a password or
have any of our information saved in a safe, secure place.
Online Counseling is using the written word
without the benefit of being face to face, with no body language
cues. Occasionally this can result in misunderstanding by either
the therapist or client. It is vital to inform the counselor of
any problems during the therapy session.