Online Sessions

3/15/2020 – After pouring over articles and consulting with colleagues – and in light of things heating up over the past 48 hours with regards to COVID-19 – I have decided to move all sessions to phone and telehealth

I am no longer offering in-office sessions at this time.

When the Powers That Be say we’re safe to meet face-to-face I will re-open the office for sessions, but for now I want to do all that I can to slow the spread and be mindful of harming the more vulnerable of us in our community.

If you’re interested in reading just a couple of the articles that helped me make my decision, I’ve listed them at the bottom of this page.

A quick reminder about who can do online counseling in Texas:

  • Counseling is available to anyone who is anywhere currently in Texas or is a Texas resident.
  • For example, if you live in Virginia, but are in Dallas we can do an online session while you’re there.  Likewise, if you live in Houston, but are visiting Mexico, we can do a session while you’re in Mexico.  Or lastly, as in our case currently, if it’s ill-advised to be in the office together and you’re in Austin, we can do telehealth sessions.

Online Options:

Telehealth sessions (aka video session) – for Individuals and Couples

All you need is a smartphone or a computer with a camera and a mic.  That’s it!

I will set our meeting place for my “virtual office” and you will be sent a link before our session.  I’ve been using this feature since January 1st and it’s been extremely reliable and easy to use.  I’m diggin’ it.

For couples, you both have to be in the same place, much like you do in my office.  My software can’t do virtual sessions with more than two computers/phones in use (mine and yours).  I will be investigating other platforms for couples-work where there could be more flexibility with this and I’ll keep y’all posted.

 

Phone sessions – for Individuals only (not couples)
I’ve been doing phone sessions for years with clients and find it a great alternative to face-to-face when we can’t be together.  It’s also good for those who feel shy on video chat.

 

If you choose to do either of these virtual options please make sure to do the following:
1 – Be in a quiet, private location where people won’t bother you.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in a closet, a car, or a conference room so long as you’re comfortable.  Cats and dogs are welcome!  Mine will likely make an appearance.
2 – Plan to take 5-10 mins both before and after your session to get into the right head space much as you do when you commute to my office and then return to your day.
 3 – Use headphones if possible. They’re obviously not a requirement, but they do make the audio much sharper with both options.  The sound is still pretty decent without them, too.
 4 – Be patient with the new technology and situation.  Sometimes logging into the room produces little hiccups and glitches, but don’t fret.  I’ll be there to help you get it all sorted and find a way to connect no matter what.

 

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