|Online therapy might be good for you if…
you have trouble leaving your home due to disability, care-
giving responsibilities, or some other reason.
you live in an area where there are few or no licensed
helping professionals such as psychologists, mental health
counselors, marriage and family therapists and/or social
you live in a community where you are uncomfortable
revealing the fact that you wish to go to therapy.
you are too busy to schedule appointments and go to
weekly sessions in a therapist's office.
your work schedule varies each week and you don’t have
scheduling flexibility to make weekly appointments.
you are deaf or hard of hearing and feel more comfortable
typing with your therapist. Or if you are blind and face to
face contact with a therapist is not important to you.
Please do NOT send us any information about your situation
until arrangements have been made with your
consultant-therapist. We will try to respond to you within 24
hours. This response time might be slightly longer over
Please keep in mind that we are NOT a crisis intervention
hotline and cannot respond to any request that is urgent.
|Is Online Therapy for me?
|If you are in a severe crisis or are considering hurting
yourself, then online therapy is not for you. In this case, it
would be good for you to go to your local hospital
emergency room or to call a therapist and ask for help.
Online therapy is appropriate for you if ...
|you have a relationship and/or family issue|
|you are having anxiety or depression that is not of |
|a crisis level|
|you are experiencing parent-teen conflict, |
|separation, divorce, blended family issues|
|you are coping with illness or disability|
|you have bereavement issues, or|
|if you want help with an issue you are struggling |
In these cases, then online therapy may be for you.
Also, in order to do online therapy, you have to be
comfortable with the Internet and typing on the keyboard.
|Online therapy has become an important, respectable, and accepted therapeutic method. Below are some
frequently asked questions that people have about online therapy.
What about confidentiality?
I will protect your name, address, and information the
same as I would if you were coming to therapy in my
office. No one else will see any information that you have
written to me or I have written to you. You need to protect
your files at your end. Sending e mails over the internet
may be intercepted by hackers but this is highy unlikely.
MFT NY will not sell, give or trade your e mail or personal
information to a third party.
As applied to face to face
therapy sessions, the same
procedures apply to on-line
therapy. No information will
be released unless you have
provided me with written
consent, or if there are threats
to your safety or the safety of
others, such as a child
protection issue, or suicidal
or homicidal thoughts.
How old do I have to be?
You must be over 18 years of age.
How long does on-line therapy last?
That depends on you. You decide when the issue that
you started therapy for is worked through and you decide
when you want to stop therapy. You can stop therapy at
any time. It may be a one time consultation or a series of
e mail sessions. It is up to you to decide what is helpful.
How quickly will I get a response?
Within 24 hours.
What are the costs?
All payments are made in advance. Therapy sessions
lasting 60 minutes are $100. Half hour sessions ($50) are
also available. Sessions are defined by how long it takes
me to read your e mail and how long it takes to write back
How do I know if you are qualified to do this?
Check your online therapist's credentials with the
professional organizations and also the NYS Board. I am
a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a
Licensed Social Worker. This is easy to check by viewing
the NYS Licensing Board.
How do I make a payment?
I am pleased to be able to offer credit card payments to
you. Checks and cash payments are also an option, but
please keep in mind that these methods take longer.
In 1972, at a conference in
California, there was a simulated
psychotherapy session between
two computers—one at Stamford
and one at UCLA. This was the
beginning. It was not long after that
self-help groups began forming on
the computer. Now, computers are
everywhere. People work at home
on computers, people attend
conferences all over the world
while sitting at home in front of
their computer and on-line therapy
has come into its own.
Online therapy is not like in-session therapy. It is
different-- like apples and oranges. Both are good, just
different. And like apples and oranges, there are good
points to both.
|You are at home and can write off an e mail to |
|your therapist at any time—night or day.|
|When you put your thoughts into the written word, |
|there is often a deeper exploration into the issues |
that are of concern to you.
|Online therapy can be just as confidential as in-|
|session therapy and in some situations even more |
so. There is no worry about people seeing you at
your therapist's office. Managed care is not
involved so you don't have to worry about the
managed care clerk knowing the intimate details of
your life, etc.
|Online therapy is usually less expensive than in |
|Frequently Asked Questions
|The good points to online therapy
|To start an e mail session, you first send me an e mail listing
specific information and making payment arrangements.
Click here to begin.
|How to Arrange an Online Therapy
|Marriage and Family
Therapy of New York
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