Frequently Asked Questions about Online Counseling
Is online therapy effective?
Yes, recent studies showed that online therapy is as effective as in person therapy. Online counseling has its benefits and limitations. The benefits are economy of time for traveling to a therapy office and greater flexibility with time and space. Limitations are the need for using technology and strong internet connection.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
We just talk discussing the topics that you need to address. I will ask you a lot of questions about your life, your feelings and reasons of your actions and reactions. I may also suggest a different point of view on things, but that depends on the necessity. I can also just listen to what you say.
I have a very strict “no judgement” policy that means that no judgement is allowed in our counseling space. This means that I do not judge you and I do not allow you to judge yourself because I consider judgement one of the most detrimental things for one’s relationship with oneself.
What is the difference between online and in-office therapy?
Besides the obvious difference that the in-office therapy happens in an office and online counseling happens on an online platform, the difference is the space between us. I switched from in-office therapy to online because I found out by experience that online setting allows me to connect quicker and deeper with the people I am helping.
The other difference is the number of senses present in the session: we have visual and audial information while doing a video session compared to visual, audial and olfactory information while being in the same space. However, I think that olfactory information is not very important for the type of work that I do.
How long will it take to see the results of online therapy?
As I am a long-term oriented therapist specializing in deep healing, the least amount of time we need to achieve any noticeable results while meeting weekly is 3 to 6 months. In certain situations, it may take much longer. Length of treatment depends on the severity of your situation and your dedication to healing.
I want to get as much as possible out of counseling. What can I do to achieve quicker success?
I could give you a lot of information here. However, it would already be a counseling session. This is why I won't. My short answer is: be curious! Be curious about your feelings and reactions to different situations that happen in your everyday life. Be mindful about how you think and feel about things that happen.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would work with both of you together. You can learn more about it here.
If your partner is not ready to come to counseling, you can come alone to improve your part in the relationship. Here is information about relationship counseling for women, and here is information about relationship counseling for men.
Are there any issues you do not treat?
Due to my area of expertise: deep healing for your relationships with yourself and others and the format of our work online, I do not work with certain issues.
I do not work with alcohol and drug addiction and recovery issues.
I do not work with people who have a diagnosis of a serious and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, people presenting risk to themselves and others which may include active self-harming behaviors, active suicidal or homicidal ideation, active domestic violence.
How much do you charge for online counseling?
Our first session is 220$ for 80 minutes. After that my current hourly rate is 150$ per 55 minute session. Please, see more information about fees here.
Do you take insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider for insurance companies, which means I am not contracted with any insurance companies. So, for our sessions you will have to pay out-of-pocket. However, if you have out-of-network benefits in your insurance policy, I can provide you with an invoice that you can present to your insurance company for reimbursement. To facilitate this process, I contracted with a company that can make it easier for you.
You can learn more about my reasons for not being contracted with insurance here.
What should I do to start counseling with you?
For you convenience, I provided a detailed description of the process that we go though to start working together here.