Online Therapy and Coaching
As Easy as Answering the Phone.
Guide to Online Therapy & Coaching
Growing Self’s founder Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is a pioneer in online therapy, online life coaching and online marriage counseling. Since 2009 Dr. Bobby has been working with clients all over the world through video conferencing, and now specializes in online video-based counseling and coaching.
Why Is Online Counseling and Coaching Becoming So Popular?
Short answer: It’s easy. Most of our online clients choose to meet with us through Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts because it’s simply a much more efficient use of their time than meeting in-person. Furthermore, we can meet with you no matter where in the world you are.
Even in the middle of a busy day, you can simply close your office door, have a session, and then get back to business. Furthermore many of our professional clients who travel frequently for business meet for counseling or coaching from hotel rooms around the world.
And many parents with young children schedule their appointments with us during nap times, or meet for marriage counseling in the evening after the children are in bed. Meeting online for counseling or life coaching is just… easy.
There Are Limitations to Online Therapy. Online therapy is becoming increasingly common. Most states make provisions for licensed professionals in other states to work with their residents. Most insurance companies will cover “telehealth” sessions. However, there are some limitations to doing marriage counseling or therapy online.
Generally speaking, if you are dealing with a serious mental health issue you may be better served by a therapist in your area who can meet with you in person. Likewise, if your relationship is characterized by extreme anger or emotional reactivity, it is probably better for you to meet with a marriage counselor who can work with you in person.
However, many people can be helped enormously by online therapy, online coaching, and online marriage counseling. Working online is productive, it’s easy, it’s convenient, and best of all — we can meet with you no matter where in the world you are.
Getting Started With Online Therapy or Coaching
If you would like to take advantage of the convenience of meeting with your counselor or coach through video conferencing online, we can meet with you through Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime for Mac. All work well and are easy to set up. Skype and Google are free, and FaceTime is a standard-issue app on most Apple devices.
You will need a built in or external web cam with a microphone. Most later generation computers and smart phones already have a video camera and microphone build right into them. In this case, FaceTime and Skype will work with them automatically and you don’t have to do anything to set up the video capability of your computer.
If you don’t have a web cam built in to your computer, here’s a link to look at different options you could purchase. A simple web cam is very inexpensive and plugs into your computer via the USB cable. As soon as you plug it in, your computer will recognize the camera. You will be walked through the software instructions by the disk that comes with the camera.
The other thing you will need is the fastest internet connection possible. FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts generally work well over wifi. If you are using a mobile hotspot to connect to the internet, be sure that you are on a 4G network if possible. If the internet service at your home or office is on the slow side, you might get better results if you bypass wifi and connect your computer to the internet using an ethernet cable.
Online Therapy Using FaceTime
You can use FaceTime on your Mac computer, or on your later generation iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. (The hand-held i-Devices DO need to have a built-in camera). You will need an apple account, which you likely have already if you’re a Mac customer, as well as the FaceTime app, which costs 99 cents if you need to buy it. On later-generation Apple devices, FaceTime is a standard-issue app.
If you haven’t used FaceTime before, it’s as easy as taking a phone call. Prior to your first appointment, we will get your contact information, and then initiate the session. You’ll answer the call (on your iPhone, iPad, or laptop — your choice) and we’ll be connected face to face. From then on it will be just like any other coaching or therapy appointment.
To learn more from Apple and purchase the application: http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/
Online Therapy Using Google Hangouts
In order to use Google Hangouts, you need a Google+ account. (Which you already have if you have a gmail account). If you don’t already have a Google + account, click here to create one: https://plus.google.com/
Once you have an account, your therapist or coach will call you through Google Hangouts. If you’re on your Google+ page you’ll get a call from us. Answer the call and you’ll be connected. If you aren’t currently on the page, you’ll get an email invitation that will allow you to join the call.
If you prefer to use your smartphone or tablet (Android or OS) you’ll download the Google Hangout App and enter your account information. Then you can answer calls from us on your device. More info here: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/
Online Therapy Through Skype
To get started with Skype on your laptop you’ll go to www.skype.com (or use the link below) and download the Skype application (for free) onto your computer, and the program will walk you through the process of setting up a user name, and checking to see if your audio, video and internet connections are set up properly.
If you prefer to use Skype on your Android or OS device, simply download the Skype app and connect it to your account. Once you provide us with your username, we will send you a contact request. Accept the request, and then we’ll be able to call you for your sessions. Simply answer the call, and we’ll be connected face-to-face.
Learn more about how exactly to set up Skype for your particular device: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA11098/getting-started-with-skype-windows-desktop
We’re Here to Help You Meet Online For Coaching or Counseling.
Many people feel intimidated at the thought of using video conferencing if they haven’t done it before. Nowadays, it really is just as easy as taking a phone call. Do it one time, and you’ll be a pro. But if you’d like a little extra support to get things set up properly, do not hesitate to contact your therapist. He or she can talk you through the process, step-by-step. We want you to have a good experience, and are here to help you.
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