As technology keeps developing more and more rapidly, our world continues to change before our very eyes. Counseling is no different, as we can see from all of the online therapy that’s happening now. Counseling in person is much better, so if a client lives in or near Pensacola, FL then we do it the old fashioned way. I have an incredibly comfortable chair in my office, too…
There are situations, however, when online counseling is the way to go. This generally happens either when somebody from another city finds me and wants to work together or when one of my clients in Pensacola moves elsewhere and wants to continue working together.
As I said above, working together in person is preferable to using a webcam; if we can do that, then we will. There’s just a different exchange of energy that happens. If this is not possible, though, then online therapy with someone you like and resonate with is still much better than in person therapy with someone you don’t. That’s usually just a waste of time and money.
Phone therapy sessions can easily be done as well. Again, in person is preferable, but online or phone sessions with someone you like is far preferable to in person sessions with someone you don’t. I don’t really have a preference between webcam and phone therapy, so the client can choose. If I’ve never met the client in person, though, then we’ll do a webcam session first. After that, either is fine.
The most important thing is that you find a therapist that’s a fit for you. And technology has given you the flexibility of working with someone who lives on the other side of the country, or even in a different country for that matter. Visit my blog to learn more about the style therapy that I do; it’s all spelled out there. There are many clients stories, too, so you might find one that resonates. Either way, I wish you all the best.