Online counseling for teenagers is as simple as your teen sitting with their laptop or tablet. Photo Credit: imagerymajestic via freedigitalphotos.net

Photo Credit: imagerymajestic via freedigitalphotos.net

Online sessions are available as well as traditional therapy sessions.

Online Psychotherapy:

Video conference counseling sessions are a convenient and comfortable way for your teen to participate in counseling.  From the familiarity of their own room, your adolescent will be able to have face to face therapy sessions.  In most cases teens feel it is just as effective as meeting in person.

When you’d like to join your teenager, it’s as simple as you sitting next to them in front of the computer.

 

How It Works:

Online counseling, sometimes called “Skype therapy”, or teletherapy, is done using video conference technology.  By using a program that functions like Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime, your teen and I are able to see and hear each other as through we were sitting in the same room.  Sessions are still 50 minutes long, just as they are in the office.  

 

Advantages of Sessions with an Online Therapist:

You can access your therapist from anywhere.  Because all Teen Therapy OC therapists are licensed in the state of California, we can work with a teen who lives anywhere in California.  We have seen teens who live too far to drive to the office, whose parents were unable to take the time to drive them to see a therapist, or who lived too remotely to access a therapist in the office.  We have also seen teenagers who wanted weekly sessions, but could only come to the office occasionally.  By using internet counseling sessions these teens had regular access to the help they wanted.

Another advantage: You don’t have to drive! When you come to the office you need to plan for driving time and the session time.  If your teenager doesn’t have a driver’s license yet, you have to bring them and wait in the lobby during their session.  By seeing an online therapist you can just go about your normal day while your teenager has a counseling session in your home.

Besides just convenience, adolescents are at ease with technology.  They email teachers, FaceTime or Skype with friends, and text regularly.  Meeting a therapist through their tablet or computer can sometimes actually feel more comfortable for your adolescent than meeting in person.

Also, online counseling sessions enable your adolescent to be in the comfort of their home as they work through their feelings.

 

Disadvantages of Online Counseling:

Online therapy is not the right fit for every situation.  For family sessions with more than two to three people it can be a difficult format to use.  It is also usually not recommended for teenagers who are likely to be distracted by their computer during a session.  This format of counseling works really well for clients who are good at engaging and have some level of comfort with technology.

When you call we will help you determine if your teenager is a good fit for online counseling, or whether in person sessions are recommended.  To find out if your teen is a good candidate for online teen counseling sessions, please call at 949-394-0607.

 

Experience:

I have specialized in working with teens and their families for several years and in various settings.  I have conducted online counseling with teens consistently since 2010.  The clients who elect to do their therapy through internet counseling have enjoyed the process, and the Teen Therapy OC staff members have all found it to be a successful mode of treatment.  Teens like the independence of being able to set an appointment around their schedule without worrying about whether their parent can bring them.

 

 

To find out more about online counseling for teens, contact us at 949-394-0607.