The Help You Need is Just a Phone Call Away
At Grief Recovery Center in Houston, TX, we know that not everyone can get to our office for counseling services. Sometimes clients don’t feel comfortable talking to a counselor in a face-to-face situation but know that counseling could help them manage problems they are experiencing. Our licensed Houston therapists are ready to help bridge the gap with online counseling services.
What are Online Counseling Services?
Online counseling, sometimes known as telehealth, is a type of counseling that provides access to a licensed therapist or counselor who can help you talk through the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing, all from the comfort of whatever location you choose, even your own home. Online counseling involves either telephone calls or online video counseling services.
Following a similar program to that of a face-to-face counseling program, online counseling provides accessibility and comfort to people who might not otherwise seek the help of a licensed therapist or counselor. It also makes finding the right counselor easier. If you are looking for someone with specific experience, or having trouble scheduling time to visit an office, online counseling may be right for you.
Who is Online Counseling Best Suited For?
Clients will get the most out of online counseling sessions when they can commit to the appointment times and dedicate themselves to engaging in the sessions.
This type of counseling is appropriate for people who have already been diagnosed and understand their condition enough to be able to self-manage for the most part, using online counseling as a way to help keep them on track.
Couples counseling is one area that can see real benefits from online counseling options. Often one of the biggest reasons couples don’t see a counselor is because coordinating two people’s schedules is close to impossible. With the flexibility of online counseling, this becomes much easier.
Who Should Not Seek Online Counseling?
Online counseling is not for every client. Some clients will benefit from traditional face-to-face counseling, while others will get a great deal of benefit from online counseling services. Online counseling is not recommended for people who are experiencing a medical emergency related to their mental health.
For example, if you are suffering from suicidal thoughts or you are worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, it is best to seek the help of a psychiatrist or visit your nearest hospital emergency department. Similarly, people who are severely depressed, have substance abuse issues, or are under 18 may not be the best candidates for online counseling.
Online counseling is not meant to provide a band-aid solution to your problems; it is meant to provide an alternative option for people who can’t get to face-to-face sessions, people who need a counselor with specific experience that is not reachable, or people who are limited in their capacity to attend an in-person counseling session.
Phone and video counseling is not appropriate for minors, and parents should make an appointment at our counseling center for their teenage children.
What are the Benefits of Online Therapy?
Online therapy and counseling offer a number of benefits. It’s a growing trend in the healthcare and mental health fields. More and more therapists and counselors are offering telehealth services for dealing with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, fear, relationship problems, parenting, PTSD, and more. Some of the benefits of distance counseling include:
Being able to talk to a counselor when it fits into your schedule means you are more likely to attend counseling sessions. If you need different counseling times each week, this option is for you.
You can talk to your licensed therapist wherever you are in the world, even on vacation. Some areas have limited counseling services available or wait times are too long for an appointment. If you have been put on a long waiting list, online counseling can help you get access to the therapy you want and need.
Day or night, a licensed therapist can take your call. All you have to do is schedule a call or video session to fit into your schedule and you’re all set.
Shorter or Longer Appointment Times
Sometimes, you just need 15 minutes to sort through some feelings. Appointment times are based on your needs. Sometimes, you want to get into something a little deeper and need the flexibility of longer appointment times. Not all problems can be solved in a one-hour window.
Telephone and video sessions are held in private offices in our Houston location as if you were here in person. We take care to ensure that your information remains private and do not share your information with others. It’s also helpful for you because if you don’t want people or family to know you are seeking a counselor, you can call us from your car, office, or room in your home where you won’t be disturbed.
Knowing you can reach out can give you the confidence to ask for the help you need. Sometimes, just knowing that someone is there to help is enough to keep you going. Nobody wants to feel like they are alone in the world.
Feelings of Being Heard
It’s comforting to know someone is ready to listen and help you manage life’s problems. Online counseling is helpful to people who feel like they aren’t being heard or seen by their families. We can help you manage expectations, thoughts, and feelings that are robbing you of your best life.
A Sense of Taking Control
When you feel like there’s nothing you can do, you can pick up the phone. We provide flexible and confidential counseling services online to help you overcome life’s troubles and ensure that you have a plan to stay the course when things get hard.
What Kind of Counseling is Available Online?
Online counseling services are available to discuss a number of concerns, issues, experiences, problems, or situations you may be experiencing. We can help with:
Grief and Loss Counseling
If you are experiencing grief or the loss of something or someone in your life, we can help. Grief comes in many forms and you may be surprised by how you have reacted to a situation or circumstance. Grief goes beyond death: people experience grief at the loss of a relationship, job, home, money, friendships and more.
If you experience signs of depression, such as loss of zest for life, irritability, fatigue, unexplained sadness, or anger that cannot be explained, you may be depressed. Our online counseling services can help you manage and overcome your depression if you have been diagnosed already. If you are unsure if you have depression, contact our office for a face-to-face counseling session.
Anxiety causes people to have a lower quality of life because they worry about one or many things. Anxiety may be the reason a client cannot get to our counseling office. Telehealth services are a great option for people who are too anxious to leave their homes to seek the help they need.
Sexual and physical abuse can happen at any age. If you are the victim of sexual or physical abuse, help is just a phone call away. Our licensed therapists can help you make meaning of your situation and help you get back to your life.
Whether you’ve been a victim of a crime or accident, the fallout of trauma can take over your life if you don’t learn to manage it. Just because you were a victim doesn’t mean you need to stay that way. Online therapy can help you take control of your life.
If you have a strained relationship with your family, but you can’t attend a local counseling session, online counseling may be a great way to bridge the gap between you, your therapist, and your family.
Sometimes, it’s just impossible to see a therapist with busy schedules and life’s responsibilities. If you are serious about trying to save your relationship but there is a lack of resources or counselors in your area, Grief Recovery Center may be able to help you put your relationship back together with video or telephone counseling.
The intimate relationship between two partners is one that requires a lot of attention and dedication. Sometimes, relationships fall apart for no apparent reason. Sometimes, the relationship is “fine” but could be stronger. Counseling can help deepen the bond between spouses even if everything seems okay to begin with. It’s not always about fixing a problem. Sometimes, online counseling is about making things even better.
Contact Grief Recovery Center to Book an Online Counseling Session Today
Our professional and dedicated therapists and counselors are waiting to help you. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment for online counseling services if you think we can help. Contact our office at (832) 413-2410. You can also book an appointment online or schedule an online counseling session.