Currently, there is a lot of controversy about both the effectiveness and limitations of online counseling and therapy. Grace Tree believes that the Internet is a dynamic and diverse community, and is largely underrated in its ability to help people through the use of professional online counseling and therapy services.
The Benefits of Internet Counseling Include
Þ Service availability 24-hours/7 days a week
Þ No waiting for an appointment and no traveling
Þ It’s affordable, private, safe and discreet
Þ It’s easily accessible if you are disabled or incapacitated
Þ It’s a viable alternative when traditional therapy isn’t available
Þ It can be less intimidating and there’s no stigma attached
Þ You can request a single consult or ongoing services
Þ You have options and you’re in control!
There are some limitations to online counseling too. The absence of face-to-face contact with a professional counselor is problematic for some people, and online counseling is subject to the lack of body language and verbal cues commonly associated with Internet communications. Sometimes there are also technical issues which can affect your Internet counseling services such as power outages, Internet lag times and various ISP e-mail delivery issues. However, e-counseling provides you the opportunity to connect and form a professional relationship. As with any counseling venue you choose, your healing and growth depends upon your own willingness to open up. And, keep in mind that e-transmissions conducted on the job or at school may be subject to employer or university policies and privacy restrictions.
With Grace Tree you choose the level of services you want such as professional consultation, pre-counseling, brief treatment therapy, or a more traditional counseling approach. Services are provided at your comfort level in your own home with privacy. This can be a key factor if you are dealing with difficult issues that often create a sense of shame or embarrassment, obstacles that needn’t prevent you from seeking the help you need. At Grace Tree all questions and issues are welcome! And, if at any time it is assessed that you need traditional medical attention or standard face-to-face treatment, or Grace Tree can’t provide you services for any other reason, you’ll be referred back to your local community for service provision.
Also, you can work with Grace Tree using a customary one-on-one approach or elect to involve others in your life that you see as being beneficial to your healing. If directed by you the primary client, Grace Tree can work in partnership with other professionals and individuals such as pastors, probation officers, psychiatrists, spouses and other professionals or agencies. This would have to be authorized by you the primary client, and only with your written authorization to do so. The choice is always yours!
Bear in mind that online counseling is not appropriate for issues regarding child abuse and endangerment, and homicidal or suicidal behaviors and threats. Adherence to professional ethics mandates Grace Tree to report any such incidents. However, follow-up counseling services are always available. This is for everyone’s welfare and is governed by most state laws. You can also help yourself and others by reporting violence and abuse to the following agencies:
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
Child Help USA National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
National Youth Crisis Hotlines (for persons 17 and under):
National Organization for Victim Assistance: 1-800-TRY-NOVA
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
Lastly, note that online and telephone counseling services are not currently covered by health insurance providers. But, depending on your local laws you may be able to deduct our services as medical or mental health expenses.
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