FAQs and More Information About Online Therapy for Therapists, Professionals and Helpers
What is Online Therapy for Therapists?
Online therapy is counseling on your couch instead of mine! The process is identical to working with a therapist in a traditional office, except we talk to each other via a HIPPA compliant video platform. You can launch the call from the device of your choice in the location of your choice. I virtually meet with clients in their business office, home office, the beach (literally!), car, and basically wherever you feel most comfortable for us to connect. My work with clinicians led to the development of Therapy for Therapists™. This is a structured program to get you back to being the rockstar clinician you were created to be. In addition, I offer Online Therapy for Busy Professionals, Online Therapy for Helping Professionals, Online Therapy for Burnout, and Online Therapy for Imposter Syndrome.
What kind of online therapy do you do, and how does it work?
My counseling style has always been eclectic. I tend to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. As a therapist, I believe that there is no one style or one approach that works for an individual through the entire course of treatment. This means, that I tailor my counseling approach to fit your individual needs and readjust as necessary. Together, we will develop a plan of action to address your goals. I tend to be more hands-on with practical exercises, homework in between sessions, and creative options so that you can begin to view life with a different lens. Ultimately, no matter what our plan of action is, The Daring Way™ curriculum will be woven into our discussions. Brené Brown’s work on shame and vulnerability allows for so much healing on a deep level. It partners brilliantly into whatever issues bring you into therapy.
What technology is needed to participate in online therapy for therapists?
All you need is a phone, tablet, laptop, or computer with internet or cell connection. Oh, and you need a quiet space, free from any distractions and private so that you can be you without hesitation or filters. The technology is HIPAA compliant, works 99% of the time (life happens sometimes, and we get creative!). I will meet with you from my soon to be remodeled, super cool work from a home office. Every now and then, my puppies chime in, but besides that, it is a very secure setting for you to explore your very own dream scenario.
What is my cost of investment in ME?
Investing in yourself is a struggle for most of us. Something for your business? Done. Do the kids need something? No questions asked. But, investing in myself? Hmm…let me ponder that for a minute.
Specific investment costs can be found by clicking here Investment Rates. Investing in yourself to address specific barriers, find a healthy balance, and being able to dream again is priceless. Remember, you are worth it.
**A receipt can be provided for you to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement, but all services will be a fee for service at the time of the session.**
What are your hours?
Crazy? Flexible? Open?
I am sure that we can find a time that works for both of us! Once you are an established client, you will be able to self-schedule your appointments around your busy schedule.
Do you work from 9 am- 5 pm? Well, I don’t. So, we will find something that works so that scheduling is not a barrier for your investment in you.
Why should I choose you to be my online therapist?
Choosing a therapist can be challenging, scary, and at times an adventure in itself. I will be the first to admit that there are as many fabulous therapists out there as there are not-so-fabulous therapists. So how do you choose one over the other? Check out Jessica Tappana’s blog post on this topic: Finding the Right Therapist.
How often will I hear from you and how often do we meet for online therapy?
How often we meet is completely up to you and what we decide is best for your clinical needs. The majority of sessions are weekly or biweekly, with check-in messages in between as needed, if it is appropriate. In the beginning, we tend to meet weekly to gain some momentum, but can meet as frequently – or as infrequently – as works with your schedule.
How long will a counseling session last, and how long does therapy take?
A typical session will last for 50 minutes. 30 minute and 90-minute sessions are available based upon clinical need, but the average session lasts roughly an hour.
How long is your therapy journey going to take? That is a GREAT question! However, I do not have a concrete answer for you. I could create something that sounds intelligent but the reality is that everyone is different. A new client over the weekend said the following, “I am a unique unicorn who knows that I am not as unique as I think.” Your journey will be exactly what it needs to be, how it needs to be, and when it needs to be. I am not a therapist who will keep you around longer than you need. But, I also will not let go until you are ready. My job is to work myself out of a job. Together we will figure out what that looks like so you can thrive.
What if I do not live in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, California, or Tennessee? Can I still meet with you for online therapy?
Due to licensure ethics in relation to telehealth, a therapist needs to be licensed in the state that the client resides in. Check back if you live in an alternate state – I have a couple more states that I am considering adding to the list that will be covered. Texas is on the shortlist as of April 2021 so check back in May to see if you can schedule from the Lone Star state!
I want to get the most out of Therapy for Therapists – how can I help?
Show up to the arena. (check out Brené Brown’s The Man in the Arena for some clarification!)
Be yourself – perfectly imperfect.
Be willing to be vulnerable.
Be willing to take risks.
Be open to being held accountable (in a very supportive way of course…)
Be willing to be called out for saying everything you say to everyone else but tend not to follow yourself.
I live in your area – can I see you in person?
As of January 2021, I am not accepting new clients in my local office. If you are a previous or returning client, please feel free to contact me. Previous clients may be able to schedule depending on insurance, length of time since the last visit, and/or availability.
**Please note due to COVID-19 concerns I am solely working virtually, and I am unsure when I will be returning to the office**
I am a clinician interested in learning more about training or coaching opportunities – where can I find more information?
Check out my sister website at www.rcsinspire.com for more information, rates, and local training dates.
** Please note due to COVID-19 concerns, all trainings are currently being offered solely online.***
Ready to Begin Online Therapy for Therapists and Helping Professionals?
If you live in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, or Tennessee and are ready to begin online therapy I would love to chat with you. My goal is to help you feel like the best version of yourself. I offer therapy for helping professionals, therapy for therapists, and therapy for busy professionals. therapy for burnout and compassion fatigue, and therapy for imposter syndrome. I am certified, in Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ curriculum and offer unique interventions (as well as online workshops) for people wanting to walk through vulnerability and embrace your courage to live your authentic life. “Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart” Brené Brown
If you still want to learn more about my practice click here to learn about me as an online therapist, or read Mondays with Melissa, my blog where I am uniquely, authentically me – silly analogies, transparent moments and my wholehearted acceptance that I am human first and therapist second. If you want to learn more about what online therapy with me could look like, or my thoughts on life in general as a therapist – check it out!