We are all feeling tapped out by so much change. The pandemic has caused anxiety, financial stress, and shaped our sense of independence. You can often feel alone and isolated from friends and family. Humans are social beings, and being isolated can make you feel abandoned, even when you aren’t. There is so much loss and feelings of helplessness. It’s hard to maintain a positive attitude and feel empowered and in control of your life.
Teletherapy can help you stay connected and develop a sense of routine. Prioritizing emotional wellness can assist in surviving this difficult time. Teletherapy is not as bad as you think! Instead of feeling distanced, I was surprised that I can feel closer when I’m doing online therapy.
In search of privacy, people are talking from closets, bathrooms, garages, and in the car. Sometimes a brief interruption from a spouse or child can’t be helped. Surprisingly, these interactions can help you to feel more connected.
I can help you look at your emotional patterns and start to ease and change them. That way, you can do the things you want to do in your life. You can change your limiting beliefs and find meaning.
How Does Teletherapy Work? What You Need To Know Before You Start
With teletherapy, you log into an online “room” or portal to attend the therapy session. It is basically a video conferencing platform. We are able to see each other, face-to-face, and communicate just as we would in my office.
I send you an email with the portal link in it. At the pre-agreed time of our session, you just click on the link. Then, you will be guided to my private therapy portal waiting room where we will have our on-line session. Once you are in my “waiting room”, I will receive notice that you are waiting and I will start the session.
You might want to prop the phone or device at eye-level so you can be comfortable. That way, you don’t have to hold it. Pick a comfy place to sit. Remember to have your device charged ahead of time. That way, you don’t have to be near an outlet or find your charger last minute. Have a glass of water, just in case. Be in a room with as much privacy as possible, so you can share whatever you need to. If you prefer headphones, have them handy. These also improve privacy.
Do You Offer All Of Your Services Via Teletherapy?
I do about half of my sessions through online therapy. There are some people who have tried EMDR teletherapy and find it ineffective. If you are struggling with this, we can set up a time for you to come into my Torrance or Santa Monica office for sessions.
What If I Want Neurofeedback? Do I Need To Come Into Your Office?
Yes, you must come into the office for neurofeedback. I put electrodes on your head, so this is impossible to do online. So, I provide in-person neurofeedback. If you like this method, or would like to try it, I provide in-person office hours.
How Do You Handle COVID-19 Safety & Cleaning So We’re Both Safe?
To keep us both safe, masks are worn at all times during sessions. I also use a UV light device that sanitizes the whole office every 3 clients. This takes 30 minutes. I provide hand sanitizer and regularly wipe down doorknobs and other areas that are routinely touched.
I ask all clients to stay home from the session if you feel sick or running a fever. It’s better to err on the side of safety, so even if you feel a little bit sick, it’s better to stay home.
Do You Offer Teletherapy Outside Of Santa Monica, CA?
I offer teletherapy anywhere in California.
What Technology Do We Need?
You will need a cell phone or computer with a good internet connection. It’s also helpful to have headphones or earbuds. This will help keep your audible experience more private.
Is Teletherapy Secure?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. The on-line teletherapy portals are HIPAA compliant and legal.
How Can I Book A Teletherapy Session With You In Santa Monica, CA?
Please feel free to call or text me at 310-314-6933 or email me at email@example.com. I’m here to help whenever you are ready.