Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost.
Before I start sessions with a potential new client, I first like to speak with them on the phone. Why? Most importantly, I want to make sure we connect and are a good fit to work together. But, more and more, it’s also to ensure that my potential new clients are also within the state of Texas where I’m licensed.
As much as I love my work as a therapist, I also love to write! As of right now, I’ve been quoted in over 300 articles. These online publications typically include a link back to my website, which is great, but also means that potential clients may no longer be local to Texas. I hope that in the near future these state licenses soon become national licenses. But, in the meantime, I have to work within the boundaries set by my Texas state license. Meaning, my clients must actually be sitting somewhere within the state of Texas during our sessions in order for me to see them for online video counseling. Ironically, I can actually be anywhere in the world according to the current laws, but my clients, alas, cannot be.
Why share all this? Because more and more, clients are looking to leave the traditional therapy room because of time or travel constraints, comfort level doing their sessions in their own space or a myriad of other personal reasons. They may have found a therapist they like via the internet or a friend, but given the distance, online therapy is the only option to work with this particular therapist who resonates with them.
In the past, I usually brought up price and out-of-network insurance stuff before online counseling. But what I’m seeing is that working with me and being seen online are why people are reaching out to begin with. So, I’ve been starting my phone calls with the online piece to answer questions about this type of therapy first such as what platform I use and how we connect (I send a email with the link after all your paperwork is filled out) and so forth.
Many clients like the fact that I specialize in Women’s Mental Wellness and have subspecialties in areas such as postpartum depression and anxiety , grief and loss , etc. So, if you’re a woman living in an area in Texas that has generalist therapists (therapists seeing anyone and everyone) and you’d like more specialized treatment, please reach out so we can figure out if we’d be a good fit to work together. Plus, if we are a good fit, and we get started working together today, think how much better you could feel in one month, six months or even a year from now! Think about it, and I look forward to connecting with you soon!
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