HD Video Conferencing for Online Counseling
FOR ONLINE COUNSELING
Online video counseling (also referred to as e-therapy or e-counseling) along with phone therapy is a convenient and economical way for counselors and psychologists to offer support to those in need.
WebConference.com™ video conferencing technology and integrated telephony and powerpoint features has made it completely within the reach of a professional, licensed therapist to offer virtual services as an option to their clients.
Whether your patient has just a few questions, is searching for group sessions, or is in need of ongoing, long term help; virtual counseling can revolutionize the way you provide your services.
According to university studies, as well as research conducted by St. Vincent's Hospital, therapy provided online is just as effective as face-to-face treatment. Patients with social phobias, depression, and anxiety have all responded extremely well to internet based treatment.
Another plus, to you as well as your clients, is the fact that e-counseling can be significantly more cost effective. More individuals also feel comfortable coming forward in a non-threatening, online atmosphere, and support can be provided in a multitude of creative ways.
How to Set Up Your Virtual Office:
If you have made the decision to set up your own e-counseling sessions, you may be wondering where to start. Here are a few tips to help you make your checklist:
Your first major decision is whether to go completely virtual, slowly transition from physical practice to virtual practice, or start a separate virtual business. The decision is heavily dependent on the amount of time you've been in business and your future goals. If you already have walk-in clients, they may not want to try virtual counseling. There is nothing wrong with having two completely different sets of clients; face-to-face and virtual.
- Set up the online portion of your business by either advertising e-counseling on your current website, or by starting with a blog if you don't already have a home base on the web. A WordPress blog is quick to set up and very cost effective. By writing articles (or blog posts) on a regular basis that deal with the topics you specialize in, you can develop a following of readers that will look to your posts for valuable information and eventually come to you for help.
- Promote your blog or website through social networking. Set up a page on Facebook, LinkedIn, and even online forums that offer counseling information. Provide links that will direct traffic to your blog or website
- Sign up for WebConference.com™ hosted video conferencing. Each account comes with the html code you or your webmaster can add to your website so that your visitors can see a calendar of your available sessions or request to talk to you online.
- WebConference.com™ service also gives you the option to provide nationwide telephone service.
While online sessions may never completely replace face-to-face counseling, they certainly do have the possibility to expand your potential client base and enhance your service offerings. Just remember that the most popular reason for online counseling is, for the therapist and the client, the convenience. For those people that are too busy, or who may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable seeing a therapist, online counseling offers a variation on the traditional scope of counseling.