When it comes to treating depression, there's no clear-cut one-size-fits-all approach...that's because depression can be complex - and there are usually multiple contributing factors that can be sort of like puzzle to sort out. Research has pointed us to some answers, though, and some of the causes of depression include: genetic links, brain chemistry, hormonal changes, certain medications or alcohol/drugs, interpersonal conflict, loss, major life events, illness or chronic pain, lack of physical movement/exercise, inadequate nutrition, anxiety, distorted thinking patterns, traumatic or stressful events, illness, low self-esteem, and a lacking social support network.
We often have people reach out to us because they want help with their drinking. They don’t necessarily want to quit – but hope to develop a healthier relationship with alcohol. In the world of mental health and substance abuse, it’s often the case that resources are lacking for people who don’t want or need a black and white approach to help them with with their unhealthy drinking patterns. Read more
One of the things I see people struggle with most is lack of motivation. This ultimately leads to a vicious cycle of procrastination, carrying the weight of all things left undone, and guilt for putting those things off. Whether we’re talking about exercise, staying organized/clean, keeping up with that to-do list, developing better habits, or daunting work projects, we all struggle at times to find the motivation needed to “just do it”. When we just don’t feel like it, we put it off til later. After all, there’s always tomorrow. The problem with this, however, is that tomorrow often turns into the next day, week, month or year. This leaves us feeling discouraged and reinforces the idea that we just don’t have what it takes to stay on top of things or to develop healthier patterns that stick. Read more
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing recommendations, people are opting to (or being told to) stay at home. This means that many things that we typically do face-to-face (such as doctor’s appointments, work meetings, and even social interactions) are now being done virtually from home. Many therapists, including myself, are even temporarily taking therapy online in order to protect the safety and well-being of ourselves, the community, and people we work with.
So what is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy – also referred to as distance therapy, online counseling, or virtual therapy – simply refers to therapy that is conducted online via live video sessions on a secure platform similar to Facetime or Skype. It’s easy to do – and aside from being done remotely – is no different than a traditional face-to-face session.
Benefits of Teletherapy
Research has shown that online counseling sessions can be just as effective as traditional in-office sessions. In addition, they come along with a lot of added benefits for people who choose to go this route. Here are a few of those benefits:
- They can be done from almost anywhere! – I’ve had sessions with clients from their car, office, and couch.
- No need to drive – Online counseling sessions eliminate the need to spend time or gas money traveling to or from the Therapist’s office.
- Privacy – Since you pick the time and preferred location to conduct your session – and aren’t physically visiting your therapist’s office – you can ensure your own privacy.
- Flexibility – Since you can do therapy wherever you choose and don’t have to arrange for travel/transportation, you might find that you have increased options for when your session can be done. Lunch break? why not?
- It’s safe! For obvious reasons, doing online counseling sessions is probably safer right now than exposing yourself to the general public and other people who could get you sick.
How it works and what you need
Teletherapy is simple. All you need is private/quiet space, an internet connection, and a phone or computer with audio and video capabilities. A couple minutes before your session is scheduled to begin, we’ll send you a link to click on that will securely connect us. It’s that easy! If you aren’t super “tech savvy”, we’ll patiently help make sure you’re all set up and ready to go.
If you’re considering giving online counseling a try, reach out by sending us a message or by calling or texting 727-258-5231. We’ll briefly discuss your reasons for counseling, schedule an appointment if it sounds like we’ll be a good fit, and will send you a link to complete some basic information about yourself.
Float on Counseling’s physical office is located in the Carrollwood area of Tampa on North Dale Mabry Hwy. With discretion and extra precautions in place, we are still seeing some clients in the office when virtual counseling is not a viable option.
Joel Schmidt, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Just like that, everything has changed. Jobs are being lost, local businesses are being forced to shut down, lives are being disrupted, and uncertainty about the future has led to widespread anxiety, stress, and panic. At a time when we need to be most connected, we are being asked for good reason to remain “socially distant” – which if it hasn’t already – will be leading to increased isolation and loneliness…There are, however, steps we all can take to ensure we remain physically and mentally healthy during this time.
As a mental health provider, we have felt it important to not only adapt to the situation at-hand, but to provide much needed therapeutic support to the community during this time. Here are the steps we are taking to do our part. We encourage you to reach out by sending us a message or by calling/texting 727-258-5231 if you have any questions. Read more
When it comes to treating depression, there's no clear-cut one-size-fits-all approach...that's because depression can be …