I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, “This is impossible-oh, this is impossible.” And then you just keep going and keep going and you sort of do the impossible.
I recently received Postpartum Support International’s (www.postpartum.net) brand new Perinatal Mental Health Certification, and I’m happy to announce that I’m one of the few therapists across the US with this new distinction (and there are only six of us in the whole state of Texas)! Specializing in helping and supporting pregnant and new moms was one of the reasons I started offering Online Video Counseling in the first place, as it breaks down so many barriers to treatment for this population of women.
What I’ve realized, however, is that Online Video Counseling breaks down the barriers to treatment for many types of women looking for support with their mental wellness.
I see many working moms in my practice as well, and as long as they have privacy at work where they can close their office door, therapy sessions can now happen at the office too. Imagine, no more having to use your sick or vacation time once a week just to get to and from your sessions, let alone actually meet with your therapist. Often, these sessions are happening for 50 minutes over lunch breaks. Plus, some people want to get out of the office, and we’ll do an Online Video Counseling session from their (parked!) car.
Studies have shown that Online Video Counseling is just as effective as in person sessions!
My favorite online video platform is called Doxy (it’s similar to Skype) because it’s safe, secure, fully encrypted and HIPPA compliant. It’s also VERY user friendly. You can easily use it from your computer or tablet, but the doxy.me app on your phone is also a great back up to have too. It’s also a way to still be able to have your sessions if you don’t have a computer with video at work or if you work for a company with a firewall set up that blocks video calls.
Plus, if you’re a working mom in need of some extra support, you often don’t want that time being taken out of spending time with your partner and kids in the evening after your workday is done.