Why Does Online Therapy Work So Well?
During the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, health and safety have become our highest priorities. Stress, anxiety, depression, grief and relationship struggles have skyrocketed. People need help more than ever, and they need it to be convenient. That’s where online therapy comes in.
Some of the benefits of online counseling (also called telementalhealth or teletherapy) include eliminating the hassle of taking off from work, finding a sitter for the kids, navigating traffic, fighting bad weather, and spending money on gas. If you are sick, it’s still easy to have a session. Just open the Zoom link on your computer, ipad, tablet, or phone. Or you can talk on the phone or FaceTime. We don’t have to worry about social distancing or wearing a mask.
We meet from the convenience of your home, your office, your car, your yard or even while you are walking in the beauty of nature. Plus, wait times are shorter, and there’s greater anonymity. No one will see you walking in or out of my office.
You can live anywhere in Georgia and North Carolina and receive online counseling and psychotherapy from me. I’m a licensed psychotherapist in these states.
If you are a highly sensitive introvert, you can receive Life Coaching and Spiritual Counseling if you live anywhere in the world.
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Online Therapy FAQ’s
Do you want to know more about how online counseling works? I’ve addressed some common questions to shed some light on what you can expect.
Can I expect the same level of success as compared to meeting in the office?
Yes. Research indicates that online therapy is just as effective as meeting in person. In some cases, it is even more effective. Clients feel safer to open up so the healing progresses faster. Clients feel more comfortable in their home environment … or wherever they choose to be for their therapy session.
Online therapy allows me, the therapist, to see you within the context of your real life so I can understand you better. You’re not just coming into my environment; I’m joining you in yours. Having a warm caring relationship with your therapist is an essential key to successful therapy.
This is one of the studies that show the effectiveness of online therapy.
Cognitive behavioural therapy delivered electronically to treat people with depression is more effective than face to face, suggests an evidence review led by McMaster University. Based on randomized control trials, the systematic review and analysis revealed that cognitive behavioural therapy that connected therapists and patients through such modes as web-based applications, video-conferencing, email and texting, improved patients’ symptoms better than face to face when measured using standardized mood symptoms scales. As well, there was no difference in the level of satisfaction or function between the two methods of delivery. ~ ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 July 2020 <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200708150156.htm>
Do you offer couples therapy online?
Yes. It’s better if you both can be in the same place, but even if one of you is traveling, we can still meet for couples therapy via Zoom videoconference. Online couples counseling makes it easier for you to have regular weekly sessions which helps you to create the momentum to produce long-term results. Even with affairs and infidelity, the methods I use (Gottman Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy) produce success in 70% of the cases. To learn more about my relationship counseling, click here.
What types of issues can I get help with?
My specialties include psychotherapy, life coaching with adults over 18.
- The Highly Sensitive Person (individual and HSP suppport group meetings)
- Couples Therapy (including infidelity and affairs)
- Relationship Issues
- Trauma (PTSD)
- Anxiety and Stress
- Emotional & Spiritual Roots of Disease and Pain
- Pain Reduction without Drugs
- Healing Family of Origin Issues (abuse, incest, dysfunctional families, and emotional neglect)
- Deep Emotional Healing
What types of therapy are available online compared to the office setting?
The same therapies are used online as in the office with the exception of breathwork and intensive retreats.
This is my holistic approach to psychotherapy:
Our minds, bodies, emotions, spirits and relationships are intertwined, and I work with them all simultaneously. My eclectic approach includes Brainspotting, Gottman Method Couples Therapy (by doctors John Gottman and Julie Gottman), Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy by Sue Johnson, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, stress reduction, guided imagery, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt therapy, attachment theory, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Hypnotherapy and faith-based Christian counseling. While I have advanced training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy, I provide these services completely independently, and I alone am fully responsible for these services. The Gottman Institute or its agents have no responsibility for the services you receive.
My Certifications: Telemental Health Distance Counseling, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Gottman 7 Principles Leader
Is Brainspotting therapy available in online sessions?
Yes. Brainspotting is a highly effective body-based therapy that promotes healing more quickly than talk therapy. If you’ve had the type of therapy where you talked and talked but didn’t make the progress you wanted, you might want to try Brainspotting. It helps when you are stuck in negative repeating patterns. It helps when your Inner Critic beats you up and makes you feel like you are never feel good enough. It helps when you find yourself withdrawing from your loved ones, and you wish you could show more love. It helps when you have experienced trauma that is too painful to talk about, but you know you need to move beyond it. It helps when you have physical pain or dis-ease symptoms, and you’re looking for help beyond drugs and traditional medicine. It can also help you tap into your creative genius and achieve high performance. To learn more, search for Brainspotting by David Grand on YouTube or visit https://brainspotting.com/.
Is Hypnotherapy available in online sessions?
Yes. We can make a digital recording so you can deepen your healing at home between sessions. Like Brainspotting, hypnotherapy accesses the deeper parts of your brain where unconscious emotional memory is stored. We can’t erase what happened in the past, but we can heal the emotional pain connected to memories. Then your body will breathe a sigh of relief. You will no longer need to use protective strategies (flight, fight, freeze) that helped you survive in the past but hinder you in your current life.
What equipment do I need for therapy online?
It’s easy for us to connect for online therapy. I’ll email you the login information for our Zoom meeting ahead of time. You will need three things:
1) a PC, laptop, phone, or tablet with a microphone and camera/webcam
2) a stable and reliable internet connection
3) a quiet place where you can talk confidentially.
What if there are other people nearby, and I don’t want them to hear me?
There are a few things you can do to increase privacy.
- Purchase a white noise machine or play music on a device outside your closed door. You’ll find several models at Walmart or Amazon, for example.
- Use earbuds or headphones to keep our conversation more private.
- Sit in your car near a WIFI connection in your driveway, your garage, or in a business parking lot. Sit or walk outside where you can be alone.
- Please do NOT meet in a public place where other people can hear you.
Is online teletherapy secure and confidential?
Yes. I use a Zoom connection that is secure and HIPAA compliant so your privacy is guaranteed. If you use a cell phone or FaceTime, privacy cannot be guaranteed.
How long has telementalhealth therapy been available?
I’ve been offering distance counseling for 16 years so moving to 100% distance counseling was easy. Now more than ever, professionals are relying on video-based online conferencing to support their clients.
Can I use my Health Savings account or insurance for online therapy?
Probably. Distance counseling is accepted by most programs, but you will need to check with your policy to be sure this is covered for you.
Do you provide therapy by email, chat or text messaging?
No, I don’t offer this.
When is online therapy not advisable?
If you have a mental health emergency such as suicidal behavior, self-harm behaviors, domestic violence, or a severe disorder such as untreated bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder, please seek in-person help from another therapist who specializes in those conditions. In addition, I do not provide counseling for people with alcohol or drug addiction or eating disorders. If I discover that your situation is outside my scope of practice, I will do my best to provide at least three referrals to qualified professionals.
Are you ready to schedule your first online therapy appointment?
Please complete the Contact Page to schedule a complimentary 10-minute Discovery Call to get acquainted. We first want to make sure that we are a good match to work together. If we are, we’ll find a mutually convenient time to meet Monday-Thursday between 10am-6pm Eastern. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
About Benita A. Esposito, MA, LPC, LCMHC
Benita A. Esposito is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. I have practiced psychotherapy full-time for four decades helping adult individuals and couples in private sessions, groups and intensive retreats. I do not work with children or teens. I earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology (1976) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (1973) from Illinois State University.
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