Relationship Dilemma Remedies

A Blog About Solving Common Relationship Dilemmas

Can Online Counseling Help Me With My Problems?

Online counseling is a relatively new development in the helping profession.  Most people need some form of help at different points in their lives, and yet, sharing personal problems with a professional therapist over the internet or phone is new.

  • Do health or distance issues make it hard to get to someone who can help you solve a personal dilemma?
  • Are you a dawn to dusk professional who has no time to think, let alone visit, with a therapist to talk about a troubling personal or relationship issue?
  • Are you one of those busy moms who has trouble finding a babysitter?

If so, online counseling may be worth exploring to find out if it can provide you with the help that you need.  You can receive help from the privacy of your own home and, if it is email therapy, you can start right away.

A lot of research shows that online counseling has success with many problems that clients face.  It can be as effective as visiting a therapist’s office and yet is often less costly and may be available around the clock.

My husband and I began conducting online counseling 2 years ago.  We have found it a wonderful way to share some of our many years of experience and knowledge with others around the country.

In this blog entry, I am going to answer some of the common questions that people have about online counseling.  Later I will share a some possible scenarios of online counseling experiences.

Who might benefit from online counseling?

People who have specific dilemmas that they are facing and want some direction and suggestions might find online counseling helpful in figuring out a plan to deal with their problems.

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April 13, 2011 Posted by | email counseling, marriage counseling, Online Counseling, phone counseling | Leave a comment

Online Marriage Counseling, How Does It Work?

There are several ways that we work with couples online.  We  provide relationship help through email, chat or by phone (with or without a video camera).

With email marriage counseling, a therapist will want to work with both people at the same time, while possibly asking for one or two private individual emails.

Partners each take turns emailing one of us. We will then respond openly in an email to both partners addressing the concerns. Once we have a handle on your particular problem and what you would like to achieve, then the we can begin to offer ideas to help you move out of a “stuck spot” and back to a healthier place.

Email exchanges continue in this manner until you feel that you are at a better spot or have resolved the problem that you began with.

The benefits of email therapy are that it can be as short or enduring as you would like. As we address issues, you may decide you want to “go deeper” and we can easily do that by continuing with email or even adding chat sessions to the mix.

The point is, you are in the driver’s seat. If one email gives you the information you need to resolve the presenting problem, that is great! If you think that you want several emails, you may choose to purchase a package.

Chat therapy
involves email but with the added advantage of instant replies and ongoing conversation.   If you are interested in this form if therapy, we will invite you to log on to a secure chat room where we can exchange emails about your questions and concerns.

Through phone counseling, with or without a video camera, we have the opportunity to talk in real time about your concerns.  With a phone session, you can be in the privacy and comfort of your own home or private space and consult with a professional therapist who can help you determine a direction to take to begin solving your problems.  Together, we will arrange for a protected and encrypted phone line.

Counseling Relationships Online

Couples Counseling of Louisville

November 30, 2009 Posted by | marriage counseling, Online Counseling | | Leave a comment

Online Marriage Counseling: Who Might Benefit?

  • Jim and Jenny have trouble finding someone to watch their children.  They have a lot of trouble communicating but child care, finding a therapist with flexible hours and coming up with the money for everything is very expensive.
  • Ann and John live in a rural community and have few qualified marriage counselors around.
  • Steve is a police officer on third shift and Lucy works first shift.  This is the easiest way to care for the children but leaves little time to talk about some of their concerns.
  • Tony is stationed in Iraq and Sandy is stateside with their children.  They have some tough things to talk about that really should not wait until Tony gets home 6 months from now.

All four of these couples want to get some help for their marriage but lots of things stand in the way of getting the help that they want.  For each of them, online marriage counseling may be a good place to receive help for their marriage.

Chatting online with a marriage counselor can be an invaluable way for some couples.  A competent, licensed, professional marriage counselor can share practical suggestions that might include homework of reading, tests or exercises, conversations to have with each other, suggested downloads or audios, watching videos or movies.

While working online through email, chat or phone might seem awkward or uncomfortable for some, it seems very natural for others.  For couples who might not have the ability to get to a good and experienced therapist, it offers the opportunity to develop a better understanding of themselves and their relationship and learn new ways of working together that can help them solve difficult problems.

Counseling Relationships Online

Couples Counseling of Louisville

November 23, 2009 Posted by | marriage counseling, Online Counseling | Leave a comment