Online Therapy in California
What is Online Therapy?
Online vs. In-Person Therapy?
One of the primary benefits of this form of therapy is convenience:
- Avoid traffic, gas, and time
- Save money on babysitters
- Deal with busy schedules
- Meet wherever you are located in the state of Califorina (work, car, vacation)
Does It Work?
Yes! Research has shown again and again that digital therapy can be as effective as meeting in person. Much of what you can do in the office, you can do online. In-person therapy can be more effective in certain situations. This may include working through trauma, severe depression, anxiety, and during times of crisis.
How Does Work?
When you schedule your appointment, you get to pick if you want to meet in person or online. If you select online, you’ll get a quick start guide that will walk you through all the technical stuff. If you’ve been Zooming during the pandemic, it’s the same. The guide will help you set up your home therapy room. This might involve changes in lighting, where to point camera or mic, and other important stuff.
Online Therapy for Anxiety
Treatment for anxiety is very effective. And online therapy is well-suited for this purpose. Many of the things we do to help clients overcome anxiety can happen online. You learn about the brain, practice mindfulness, breathing, and vagus nerve stimulation exercises.
Online Depression Therapy
Online treatment for depression consists of practicing new skills to overcome depression. These include mindfulness, and working through things from the past. All this is well-suited to an online setting.
Online Couples Therapy
Online couples therapy is powerful and convenient. You don’t even need to be in the same place. Lots of my couples struggle with scheduling, particularly if they travel a lot. This way, one can be at a conference, the other at home with the kids, and we can still meet.
BetterHelp/Talkspace vs. Independent Therapist?
Telehealth has grown in popularity. As a result, several companies like BetterHelp and Talkspace are springing up to take advantage. In fact, they even offer text-based therapy through email and SMS. More expensive plans provide actual video therapy. In many situations, they’re great! Yet, there are two primary reasons to avoid them.
1. They are not appropriate for deep, meaningful change, or crisis intervention. This includes dealing with difficult material, trauma, severe depression, or anxiety. In times like this, I would suggest avoiding big online therapy companies like these.
2. Most therapists who work for these companies are new to the field and inexperienced. These companies provide great opportunities for them. But, most highly trained and seasoned therapists will not work for these companies.
Bottom line: These telehealth subscription platforms can be helpful and convenient. But you get what you pay for.
Begin Online Therapy in California
Distance shouldn’t have to factor into your quality of mental health services. I would be happy to provide support from my Pasadena, CA-based therapy practice. To start online therapy, follow these simple steps:
1. REACH OUT
2. LET’S GET TO WORK
3. Start Online Therapy
Other Services Offered by Dr. Chris Tickner, MFT
Online therapy isn’t the only service we offer at my Pasadena, CA-based therapy office. Other services offered include depression therapy, couples therapy and marriage counseling, individual therapy, anxiety treatment, trauma therapy, somatic therapy, and group therapy. I also serve all of California via online therapy. For answers to any of your questions, feel free to visit the FAQ page!