Are You Looking Online For Emotional Support And Guidance?
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, do you find yourself struggling with increased levels of emotional sensitivity? Are you trying to continue to live a normal life but feel overwhelmed with concerns about keeping you and your family safe and healthy? Perhaps you’re worried about job security, finances, and how you’ll continue to support your family during this pressing time. Or maybe you’re trying to figure out how to keep yourself together despite the added stress so that you can be a source of strength for your family.
On the other hand, perhaps you live alone and being so isolated is causing you to feel trapped, lonely, and longing for someone to talk to. You may even be experiencing signs of anxiety and depression as a result of having to stay home all the time.
Or are you looking for a specialized treatment that will help you work through overwhelming feelings and emotions, relational issues, or past trauma? Do you engage in harmful behaviors, such as substance abuse, compulsive eating, or self-harm, and you want to have greater control of your actions? Are you feeling unhappy and looking for a way to navigate life’s difficulties and improve your quality of life?
In turbulent times, it can be difficult to prioritize self-care. However, online therapy offers you the skills needed to regulate your emotions and change what’s going on in your life. Whether you are continuing in-person visits online or just reaching out for the first time, we can help you work through whatever you are experiencing.
It’s Normal To Experience Increased Emotional Distress During Challenging Situations
“Connecting with others during difficult times makes the trials more bearable.” -John Townsend
Virtual counseling is relatively new, but it’s gaining popularity as an effective way to get much-needed support whenever in-person visits are not possible. Right now may be an especially important time to get help for dealing with stress, managing complex emotions, or merely getting through this crisis.
Fear, panic, and anxiety are normal reactions to a global outbreak. However, teletherapy can help you alleviate these symptoms by giving you the skills you need to manage your thoughts and feelings. It can also teach you how to change certain aspects of your life while tolerating those parts that you cannot change. Virtual therapy will help you gain an awareness of your emotions so you can learn to recognize and manage reactive behaviors.
Virtual counseling is a convenient, effective way of taking care of yourself that can reduce the risk of letting stress, anxiety, or depression worsen. And because it’s also very important to stay connected during uncertain times, online sessions provide a healing, human element for coping with higher levels of fear, loneliness, and isolation. Online virtual sessions also remove the perceived stigma surrounding therapy because you don’t have to worry about running into other people as you visit the office in-person.
With online counseling, you can find a treatment strategy that promotes positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can help you cope with the challenges you’re going through.
Online Counseling Can Provide Compassionate Support At A Distance
If the COVID-19 crisis is preventing you from attending in-person visits, virtual therapy offers you the opportunity to connect with a therapist in the comfort and security of your home. You don’t have to worry about commute times or how to fit it in your busy schedule. All you need to do is find a comfortable spot in your home or office with little interruption and distractions where you can openly share what you’re going through. And you can access us via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Whatever your need may be, we are committed to helping you on your journey to a better quality of life.
Our approach to therapy centers on dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) which is a specialized branch of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that combines individual counseling with group training sessions. Group therapy is an important component of your treatment and is a required pre-commitment to our process. DBT is designed to help you improve your ability to manage distress and its emotional responses. It teaches you to be mindful of the present so you can regulate your emotions effectively and make healthier decisions.
Whether you’re at our Long Island, DBT center or online, we’ll offer you a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can feel comfortable sharing your feelings, struggles, relational issues, or any traumatic events from the past that may be affecting how you process and react to current situations.
During our first DBT session, we’ll work on developing a rapport so you can feel comfortable with the online approach to therapy. In the following sessions, we’ll work on the issues or situations you’re struggling with. We’ll also encourage you to fill out a weekly “Diary Card” where you’ll take notes of your daily emotions and behaviors to help us identify patterns. This will allow us to develop new skills for effectively dealing with the changes and challenges in your life.
We’ll set up an orientation to discuss group therapy and the importance of a weekly commitment. Groups are assigned by age and personal needs. During group meetings, you can choose to use your video camera or just your voice. Sessions are facilitated by a group leader and always start with introductions and a mindfulness exercise. We then go over “homework” assignments and module lessons assigned from previous meetings. In between sessions, we encourage you to contact your therapist if you have questions about how to apply your newly acquired skills in real-life situations.
Dialectical behavioral therapy is not readily available throughout the New York area, but luckily you have access to a trained DBT professional online. As trained specialists in dialectical behavioral therapy, we have a great passion for the practice and a commitment to offering you the best treatment possible. There’s no better time than now to start living the life you want.
You may be considering online therapy but have some concerns…
Does online counseling work? Is it as effective as in-person therapy?
Recent studies have found that virtual therapy is as effective as in-person treatment. Even though family and friends can offer support, therapists are professionals with unique insight and training that can help you during turbulent times. Teletherapy can help you take care of your body and mind until you can attend in-person sessions if that’s what you feel most comfortable with.
I have concerns about privacy.
Privacy and confidentiality are very important to us and we take it seriously. We only use HIPAA compliant platforms bound by local and federal laws. Personal privacy may be an issue while living in close quarters, so we recommend that you find a spot in your home for therapy sessions where you feel free of distractions and comfortable sharing your challenges.
Is online therapy covered by insurance?
We work with several insurance companies including United Behavioral Health, United Health Care, and Oxford. If we do not participate in your health plan, payment arrangements can be accessed through out-of-network benefits.
Find Healing And Joy With Online Therapy
If you are ready to improve your quality of life, set up a 15-minute intake appointment with our staff by calling 631-828-2264. We’ll assess your needs, issues, and concerns and match you with the right therapist based on your symptoms. After you have been assigned a therapist and all required forms are submitted, you’ll receive your login information via email. Group assignment will be determined at a later time.
“DBT doesn’t feel like therapy; therapy is boring and it is hard for it to be helpful to those who are unsure of their ability to get better. DBT shows you it is possible to get better, and feels more like life coaching than being psychoanalyzed.”
“I used to think I can live with how I was but DBT showed me a better me.”
“If it was not for DBT, I honestly don’t know where I would be in life today.”
“Often we don’t see our problems as problems, but it took DBT to help me see my problems and make me want to change for the better.”
“DBT did not change who I was, but instead it helped me become who I want to be.”
“DBT works if you work at it. Believe me, the outcome is worth it.”
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