In 1972, at a conference in California, there was a simulated psychotherapy session betweentwo computers—one at Stamfordand one at UCLA. This was thebeginning. It was not long after thatself-help groups began forming onthe computer. Now, computers areeverywhere. People work at homeon computers, people attendconferences all over the worldwhile sitting at home in front oftheir computer and on-line therapyhas 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.
The good points to online therapy
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 session therapy.
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 hospitalemergency 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 with.
In these cases, then online therapy may be for you.
Also, in order to do online therapy, you have to becomfortable with the Internet and typing on the keyboard.
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 weekends.
Please keep in mind that we are NOT a crisis intervention hotline and cannot respond to any request that is urgent.
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 workers.
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.
How to Arrange an Online Therapy
To start an e mail session, you first send me an e mail listing specific information and making payment arrangements.
Frequently Asked Questions
What about confidentiality?
I will protect your name, address, and information the same as I would if you were coming to therapy in myoffice. No one else will see any information that you havewritten to me or I have written to you. You need to protectyour files at your end. Sending e mails over the internetmay be intercepted by hackers but this is highy unlikely.MFT NY will not sell, give or trade your e mail or personalinformation 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 thatyou started therapy for is worked through and you decidewhen you want to stop therapy. You can stop therapy atany time. It may be a one time consultation or a series ofe 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 sessionslasting 60 minutes are $100. Half hour sessions ($50) arealso available. Sessions are defined by how long it takesme to read your e mail and how long it takes to write backto you.