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What You Need: E-Therapy
A computer or mobile device that has a webcam.
Not a fan of being seen over a camera?
Don't worry, there is a video viewing option to only be able to see the other person and not yourself. *Ask me how.
Benefits of Online Counselling
Accessible from the comfort of your home
Convenience: 'arrive' to your appointment just before it begins
Helpful if you live in a rural community, are traveling, a caregiver, or have mobility restrictions
No commuting or parking
Writing emails when you feel overwhelmed
Disadvantages of Online Counselling
Not all issues are able to be supported via teletherapy and I will provide an on-going assessment to determine if online therapy is appropriate for you. Some issues that are not supported via teletherapy include:
acute psychiatric episodes
serious substance use
active suicidal ideation & intent*
*If you are experiencing these thoughts and they are assessed to be mild, online services may still be appropriate.
Technical failures can happen and this may pose a risk to your privacy, and for the ability for interventions to happen if a crisis or emergency situation were to emerge during an appointment.
Examples (this is a non-exhaustive list):
Internet connections may become unstable or stop working
Computers, smartphones, and home provider services can stop working due to hardware failures or run out of power
IT service personnel, cloud-based service providers, and malicious actors 'hackers' may have the ability to access your personal information during the service-delivery on information that is transmitted or stored is process of the online appointment
Interruptions, pauses or freezing may happen and could disrupt significant moments during therapy
All online services are compliant with Personal Information Protection Act 'PIPA'
No data is transmitted nor stored in the United States
Emails and online counselling software utilize secure encrypted systems
Client notes are maintained on an encrypted online system and/or on paper in a double locked system: locked filing system in a locked office
Security is of the upmost importance. However, 100% guarantee of the protection of your information cannot be guaranteed when utilizing online services. Please see "Risks" section regarding this.