Online / Telephone Individual Therapy

As I note on my Individual Therapy page (please read, it applies here too), if you need help on an individualized basis with difficulties in your life, individual psychotherapy / counseling sessions are the way to go. Group treatment and individual treatment have their unique benefits, while some benefits overlap. They are helpful in different ways.

Individual therapy makes it easier for some to feel secure, fully heard, and resolved. It also provides the full attention and efforts of an expert who focuses only on what you bring, what it means, and how to help you.

Regarding the online / telephone version of individual psychotherapy, it is a great option in several instances:

  • When you want a full selection of psychotherapists, or a highly specific one, regardless of geographic distance
  • When your schedule does not allow you to come to the office*
  • When you usually come to the office, but cannot for one or a few sessions
  • When your condition, physical or psychological, does not allow for an office visit
  • When there are major events disruptive to usual business

*Regarding schedule, I offer online and telephone sessions during my normal business hours. I also currently offer telephone-only, premium rate psychotherapy sessions at 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. These sessions are for those who have difficulty scheduling during normal business hours or who are at home but cannot talk until distractions are over. That is, folks who are long done with work, dinner, caring for loved ones and their space, and who still need to talk. Because of the time, the 9 p.m. sessions are always at my maximum rate. Some occasional rescheduled sessions may be necessary due to the time.

I think telephone and online sessions certainly can give great results. Office individual therapy does offer additional channels of body language, situation, and more, but they are currently not worth the additional risks. Please see my related page on safety and procedures my office is currently using for the COVID-19 pandemic. It also addresses some other concerns / considerations people may have about distance psychotherapy. For more on the details of my individual therapy approach, please see About.

Please note, I generally do not do online or telephone psychotherapy across state lines, because I am licensed only in California. This applies even if you are on a trip or temporary out-of-state stay but usually live in California. Regarding online therapy, insurance is becoming more accepting, but some plans still will not pay for online or telephone services. I can check that for you, much like I can check your health plan benefits and allowances for you.

Reach out to me today for an assessment for individual therapy or to schedule your first appointment. If online is the needed option, we will set it up.