Teletherapy & Its Benefits

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Teletherapy is a newer form of therapy that allows patients and clients the opportunity to have therapy sessions over an online, video chat platform. Teletherapy is not limited to video conferences, however, this seems to be the most popular type among others such as, phone calls or voice messaging.

If you have ever used a video chat software such as Skype, or Face-time, then you already will know the basics of how to have a teletherapy session. Sit in a well lit area, with minimal background noise. Ensure that you are comfortable since these sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Another thing you may do to ensure you are properly prepared for your teletherapy session is to double check that your computer meets any software requirements for the program or platform your therapist has chosen or suggested. Closing any background programs that are running that may bog down your connection speeds or overload your computer during your session.

Teletherapy provides a wider range of availability since there is no commute or travel time that is associated with the sessions, especially since you could basically do it from anywhere if needed. Are you having a really bad day and would like to squeeze in a fifteen minute session on your lunch break? Check to see if your therapist has any availability during that time and meet from your car! The options there are endless.

This also means that in addition to using teletherapy as a supplement to traditional therapy, you can get in touch with, and start to see on a regular basis, a therapist that is out of your local area. For instance, if you saw a therapist for many years and loved the results and working with that particular therapist, but you had to move out of town or across state lines for a job, or any other personal reason, you could still see your preferred therapist through teletherapy sessions.

In the same regard, perhaps you are going on vacation, but do not want to take a week off from your therapy commitment. You could still see about a teletherapy session so you could keep up with your progress while you were away. Or, even in the instance of inclement weather, such as flooding, torrential rains, or even snow that would prevent you from getting out of the house, would be a great opportunity to try a teletherapy session.

All around, teletherapy seems to be a more convenient option than traditional therapy. Some practicioners even offer more affordable costs for teletherapy sessions since they can likely fit these types of sessions into open areas of their schedules. Should you be interested in a teletherapy session, contact your preferred therapist today and see if they offer teletherapy sessions or if they would be willing to try a teletherapy session with you.

In my personal practice, I do offer teletherapy but if interested please email me to set up an appointment for teletherapy. Through that email we can discuss the basics of what softwares I prefer to use, and when our availabilities line up. I look forward to hearing from you, and hope this information was insightful. Should you have any further questions about teletherapy, please contact me today!

2019 New Year's Resolutions: Don't stop! Start Over!

Most people have quit by now.

As I write this we are a month into the second quarter of 2019. Most people had big dreams almost five short months ago of accomplishing some great feat this year, whether that was losing weight, working on their relationships, self-improvement, etc. And by now most people have QUIT! Most have stopped hitting the gym, stopped reading the books, and are right back in the relationship, job, or personal rut that put them there in the first place.

But Why?

Is it because the goal was too hard, too small, not motivating enough? Of course the answer is none of the above. The answer is that they didn’t have a measurable goal in the first place. Oh they had a wish, a dream perhaps. They had an idea that this year would be the year for change, for a fresh start. This would be the year they finally did it (whatever ‘it’ is)! But the dream was never planned and a dream without a plan is a wish!

The goal wasn’t measurable.

If the goal, plan, or dream doesn’t have a timeframe attached to it, what are the chances of reaching it? How many successful people in any area of life got there by wishing they would make it without actually having a game plan? And I mean truly successful people. I am not talking about lottery winners and trust fund babies. I would venture a guess that NO ONE who has experienced success in any endeavor simply had a dream, got lucky, and it magically happened.

Start now!!

If I am describing you it isn’t too late. The year isn’t over. Take 30 minutes, sit down, put pen to paper and start planning. Here is the template:

  • When do you want to lose the total weight (improve the relationship, become more productive, etc.) by? Set a date, write it down.

  • Measure backwards: How much do you want to lose in the next six months? The next three months, the next month?

  • What is your process? Which gym will you join? How often will you go? Do you need a trainer? What exactly are you going to do when you get there? How does your diet need to support this? (that may be another goal entirely)

It really is that easy! But you’ve got to take the time to plan it. Start now!

And remember:

A dream that never gets planned is just a wish

New Year's Resolutions and Why They Don't Work

Clients come to me for a variety of reasons. Relationship issues, work issues, loss of purpose, loss of hope, struggles with addiction, depression, anxiety, etc. The list is endless. After extensive discussion and “peeling away the onion” as we say, a majority of the people I see suffer from a few things. Some have experienced trauma. It has affected their lives at seemingly every turn. It is real and the suffering often feels unbearable. MOST PEOPLE however, suffer from thoughts that the world, other people, or even themselves "must” meet a certain expectation that they have irrationally defined, OR failure to establish Clear, Measurable Goals aimed at a vision of the future that is so compelling that the trivial things in life cease to interfere.

New Year’s Resolutions typically do not work for the above reason. If I state that “I want to lose 50 pounds this year”, that is not a goal. That’s a wish, a dream. The person likely to benefit the most from that wish is the gym that you join and stop attending a month later. There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, improve your marriage, increase your productivity or performance, or any other healthy endeavor you choose. But simply stating you want to and writing down your desire does not create the result you’re after.

  • When do you want to lose the total weight (improve the relationship, become more productive, etc.) by? Set a date, write it down.

  • Measure backwards: How much do you want to lose in the next six months? The next three months, the next month?

  • What is your process? Which gym will you join? How often will you go? Do you need a trainer? What exactly are you going to do when you get there? How does your diet need to support this? (that may be another goal entirely)

If you dream it it’s just that, a dream. If you write it down it becomes possible, when you schedule it the result you’re looking for happens.

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