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People Start to Heal the Moment They Feel Heard

Cheryl Richardson

TELE-MENTAL HEALTH FAQS

Tele-Mental Health is the use of telecommunications technology to provide real-time remote mental health care to clients. The most common and preferred use of Tele-Mental Health is video-conferencing via desktop, laptop and tablet personal computers as well as smart phones, but it is also available via Online Live Chat, Email and over the Phone.

Online therapy is a way to communicate with a licensed mental health professional over the phone or computer. Common means of treatment include messaging (similar to text or email), live chat, phone calls, or video chat.

Online therapists are licensed mental health professionals, and most provide similar treatments online as they do in-person.

Online therapy can be a fit for almost anyone who is looking for emotional support. Common issues that are treated online include stress management, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, sleep issues, and substance abuse.
Most online therapy offerings identify who they recommend should not use their services. Individuals with suicidal ideation, serious mental illness, or psychosis are typically not good candidates for online therapy. People with generalized anxiety and depression disorders, for instance, are considered good candidates.
Online therapy can have some advantages over traditional therapy. Some people enjoy not having to commute to an appointment. Others appreciate that they don’t need to find childcare.
Online therapy can also be more affordable than face-to-face treatment. And many online therapy sites allow you to speak to your therapist daily, while most in-person sessions only occur once per week.
Licensed mental health professionals must follow licensing regulations, state laws, and HIPAA regulations that ensure security and confidentiality. Each website explains the steps they take to keep information secure.
Online therapy has become much more prominent in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are a number of websites, apps, and pricing options to choose from.  Research has shown that online therapy is often as effective as traditional face-to-face treatment.
When most people think about therapy, they envision themselves sitting in an office speaking to a therapist face-to-face. They might even picture the “couch” that’s so often depicted in cartoons and movies that portray therapy offices.
While many therapists still use that traditional mode of delivery, online therapy has grown in popularity over the past few years. In fact, it’s become an essential service during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some people are still a bit wary of online therapy, however. And others want to sign up but don’t know where to start. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about online therapy.
Studies show that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy in many cases. Here’s what some of the research has found:
  • A 2014 study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that anxiety disorders can be effectively treated via online cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants in the study reported that their improvements were sustained at the one-year follow-up.
  • A 2014 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online therapy is just as effective as face-to-face treatment for depression.
  • A 2018 study published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders determined that online cognitive behavioral therapy is “effective, acceptable, and practical health care.” The study found that online cognitive behavioral therapy was just as effective as face-to-face treatment for major depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.

GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING FAQS

Life can take its toll on our health; our physical and mental health.  Studies show that our minds and bodies are connected and it’s not uncommon to experience mental health issues when we’re physically ill and vice versa.  Physical or mental illness can do irreparable damage to yourself, your loved ones and your career unless your illness is properly diagnosed and treated.

Counseling and therapy have proven to be highly effective tools to help those suffering from physical or mental wellness issues lead happier, less stressful and productive lives.  Therapy helps you cope with and work through the challenges, struggles and changes that may be having a profound effect on your everyday life.

Therapy is a tool available to help you work through any challenges, struggles, or life changes that may be affecting your life.  It’s extremely hard to confront these issues on your own and therapy provides a safe, professional and confidential environment to heal and deal with issues that will adversely affect your life if gone unchecked.

Caring, supportive and professional health care experts trained in human behavior, development, psychology, and mental health.  Contrary to popular belief, counseling is not a one-way street and it’s not just “talking” about your issues. You only get out what you put in and the most successful client/therapist relationship is a mutually beneficial partnership.

How will you know if therapy is for you or not?  Professional therapy has helped millions upon millions of people lead happy and productive lives.  It saves people from hurting themselves or their loved ones and has proven to be the most effective method of dealing with stress, addiction, hopelessness, anger, depression and just about every other form of mental illness known to mankind.

There’s no doubt that it can help, but you’ll never know if it’s for you unless you give it a try. You’ve Got Nothing to Lose & Everything to Gain!

Here are a few videos and articles to help you get started toward a healthier tomorrow.

https://www.apa.org/topics/psychotherapy-works

https://www.apa.org/topics/psychotherapy-myths

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/therapy/the-decision-begin-therapy

Whether you receive care or not and the length of your treatment is ultimately up to you and we will always honor a client’s right to choose.  The length of treatment depends on your diagnosis as well as your symptoms, the severity of those symptoms and your needs. The level of care is adjusted according to your progress throughout the treatment process. We view therapy and counseling as a partnership, where we collaborate to create a personalized plan that meets your needs and expectations.  Our mission is to help you feel better and more in control of your own destiny in the most effective and timely manner possible.

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

We’re so glad that you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success.  We only see or speak to each other for a short amount of time and the work you do outside of our sessions will really help you see your personal growth and development.

Active Participation Has Proven to:

  • Increase Engagement
  • Increase Accountability
  • Increase “On Task” Behavior
  • Promote Desired Behaviors
  • Reduce Inappropriate Behaviors

The difference is talking to someone that cares about you and talking with someone who cares about you and has the training and experience to professionally help you get better. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself.

Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.

The next step is totally up to you, but we’re here to help you in any way that we can.  Our clients come in all shapes and sizes and no two clients are exactly alike, but they all have one thing in common; they all need help of one kind or another.   That’s what we’re here for, but we can’t help you if we don’t know you or what you’re dealing with.

If you’ve reached the point where whatever you’re dealing with is affecting your health, well-being or happiness than call or email us right away to schedule an appointment.  Not sure if counseling is right for you, want more information or just want to discuss your situation to see if we’re a good fit, no problem.  There’s no better way for us to get better acquainted than by taking advantage of our Free “No Obligation” Consultation.

Just click on the FREE CONSULTATION button to schedule a time for us to have whatever type of conversation that you feel comfortable with.  It’s a great first step and you’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.

Mind-N-Body Counseling does not specialize in or currently offer couples therapy.  We do have a large network of well-respected counselors in all fields located in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties and we would be happy to provide you with the names of some outstanding couples counselors near you.

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

Our diagnostic assessment begins with an interview, sometimes referred to as an evaluation, to find out what your main needs and concerns are.  If the assessment is for a minor, we interview the minor with their parents or guardians present.  We can’t help you if we don’t have a clear picture of what your needs and concerns are and we gather information from a wide variety of sources to ensure that our assessment of a client’s particular situation is as accurate as possible.

These sources can include teachers, doctors and other health related professionals that have first-hand knowledge of whatever issues the patient has or has faced in the past.  We use a wide variety of screening tools during the assessment period based on the pre-assessment paperwork client’s fill out.  We only use screening tools that have proven to be highly effective over a long period of time.

This information is gathered and reviewed with unconditional acceptance and without judgement.  We also look at the factors of your environment to determine the role they play in the client’s particular situation.  The counselors at Mind-N-Body Counseling believe that our health and wellness is a combination of our physical health, mental health (emotional and cognitive), spiritual health, financial health, and social wellness.

We take the information that we collect and prioritize it based on what matters most to the client.  Once our evaluation is complete, we provide detailed and specific feedback to the client and make treatment recommendations.  Treatment recommendations may also include referrals to a specialty medical providers to further address symptoms or concerns that may be contributing factors in how you feel or feel you are functioning.

Yes we do.  We’ve always provided alternatives to in-person counseling sessions for our client’s to get better, but we’ve upgraded those alternatives since the COVID-19 crisis began.  We have the advanced technology and associated security services to ensure that all of our online and phone conversations are encrypted and totally private.   The client’s that we were counseling when COVID-19 was announced in March 2020 were immediately converted to secure online sessions and it’s worked out much better than we ever expected.

There are a few conditions or situations that may not be appropriate for online video sessions, but the vast majority of our clients like the additional flexibility and have been extremely happy with the online care that they’ve been receiving.

Yes. If the environment is appropriate, we provide counseling therapy in schools and at the home’s of clients.  Basically, we go wherever our clients need us to go to help them get better.  Many of our clients are confined to hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities and they would cease to receive counseling of any kind if we weren’t willing to have sessions outside of our offices.  We’re about helping people get better and we don’t put unnecessary restrictions on where we can or can’t help people get better.

Mind-N-Body Counseling does not participate in any specific health insurance plan as an “in-network provider.”  We’ve found that most insurance companies will cover a portion of the expenses under out-of-network, outpatient mental health benefits.  Please contact your insurance carrier in advance of your appointment for the specific benefits of your plan. We will provide you with a detailed statement of the services provided that you can use to get reimbursed from your insurance company.

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