Online Therapy: Counseling on Your Terms

What To Expect From Online Therapy

The further entrenched we become in the daily warfare that is our lives—tackling a dozen tasks at a time, trying simply not to cede any ground—the easier it is to lapse into a new sense of normalcy, one where the unread emails in our inboxes take priority over our growing pessimism and deteriorating relationships. The emails, after all, are easily addressed, while the internal and external turmoil aren’t as straightforward.

But the path to treatment, at least, is a lot more convenient now. Imagine doing it from your own couch, or, for that matter, pretty much any couch. No commute. No receptionist to navigate. No awkward interactions in a waiting room. No rigid schedule. What we’re describing here is therapy on your terms.

Angela Winslow is a member therapist of Breakthrough, an emerging nationwide network comprised of over a thousand licensed therapists who provide face-to-face online counseling. Search by location, provider type, insurance or specialty. (Currently, therapists can only provide online counseling to those who reside in the states where they’re licensed. Angela is based in California.) With Breakthrough, you can communicate with Angela before committing to a session. Simply message her with your needs and any questions you may have. If you’re satisfied with the exchange, book an appointment. Sessions as short as 15 minutes and as long as an hour are available. She’ll then confirm or suggest another time, usually within 48 hours.

Whether you’re arriving at therapy urgently or gradually, it’s an all too common occurrence to scan your insurance provider’s database for “marriage counseling near me” and feel hemmed in by your options. Now, with Breakthrough, you can be treated by Angela from anywhere in the state. And it’s not just the physical boundaries that are rendered moot. If your career or your partner’s kept you from committing to regular sessions with a professional marriage counselor, now you can connect through any device, regardless of where you are, stuck at your desk or on the other side of the world.

Aside from the physical location, every other aspect of an online therapy session closely mirrors that of a traditional in-person one. The entire dialogue between you and the therapist remains confidential. You’re free to share your concerns without fear of the session being accessed by other parties or rebroadcast on other platforms.

For all of its convenience, technology’s also pushing us to unprecedented limits. Sure, we can accomplish in a day what once took a week, maybe more. But we’re also hovering over our tablets and phones first thing in the morning and deep into the night. We’re bypassing personal connections, right down to our own marriages, in favor of efficient-but-often misunderstood emails and texts and a slew of anonymous interactions. Here, though, is a unique opportunity to restore some intimacy to our lives with the aid of the very tool that’s fueling its disintegration. If left unattended, you can imagine how this is going to. But it’s probably harder to conceive just how great an impact even 15 minutes with a therapist can have when you need it most. And now all the reasons why you couldn’t have been resolved.