Online Therapy + Coaching For New Yorkers :: How To Find The Right Therapist For You
Not sure how to find an online therapist in New York City? It can be downright overwhelming with so many experts and options. I'm a New Yorker, and I get it! You’re busy, you travel frequently, or perhaps, you and your partner are rarely in the same room. It’s a barrier to treatment to feel as if you can’t commit to regular psychotherapy session times. Just when you get some momentum, you have deadlines or you have to travel, and then you’re embarrassed to reach out to the therapist to continue, so you begin a new therapist search.
It can also be challenging to find a good therapist in New York. You also need the right situation for you to begin the process of opening up to a stranger and discussing concerns such as anxiety, depression, a crisis, feeling “stuck” or relationship challenges that many busy, professional New Yorkers struggle with. What follows is some helpful information to guide you in the process of finding a therapist who works online, doing virtual therapy, otherwise known as Teletherapy or Telehealth.
Some find professional websites such as Psychology Today or GoodTherapy.com helpful. You can scroll through and match your needs and goals with therapists who have the skills or experience to help you, examples may be anxiety or mild depression, feeling “stuck” or needing support for a crisis or relationship problem. Reviews on Google or other sites such as HealthGrades.com can be unreliable for all sorts of reasons. Some therapists offer consultations to better understand their style and whether it’s a good fit for you.
Once you find a therapist to work with online or in-person, give them a chance. Many clients are ambivalent about beginning therapy to begin with, and give up early without giving the therapy experience a fair chance. Experienced therapists welcome the opportunity for you to discuss your urge to flee and they will help you through it or help you find someone else who might be a better fit. If it really does not feel right, you can find another psychotherapist or ask for a referral.
How does finding an online therapist work? Ask a potential therapist if they are able to accommodate your needs. I am delighted to meet with my clients in-person or via Skype, FaceTime or a HIPPA-compliant platform such as Simple Practice for video and/or telephone sessions. Working with busy New Yorkers, sometimes this option is necessary when work/life demands are great, or you are ill, moving or out of town and cannot meet in-person.
In my opinion, regardless of what research tells us about virtual therapy, I believe that face-to-face sessions are always optimal, and the only option for many, especially with certain emotional concerns. However, I believe that when there is a need for support, any therapy (provided with a good therapist) is better than going it alone. For many clients who lead full and busy lives, therapy or coaching by Skype may be a practical alternative to commuting or meeting in my psychotherapy office.
With many clients, I am able to deliver the same types of modalities that I use in-person, such as: psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy or CBT, DBT skills, mindfulness, focusing-oriented therapy, relationship counseling, executive, stress and well-being coaching and even EMDR online with higher-functioning clients.
What is online tele-medicine? For psychological consultations, therapy, mentoring and coaching, mental health professionals and their clients are able to conduct private sessions remotely without missing sessions. This ensures the continuity of our work together and facilitates progress and much needed emotional or goal-attainment support.
What do you need to work with a coach or therapist remotely? You will need a computer with a descent internet connection, and many platforms work on PC’s and Apple computers using Safari, Chrome and Firefox or other browsers.
Who benefits from private coaching or therapy sessions with Skype?
Busy professionals who can’t meet in-person
Couples with parenting conflicts or are in different locations
Clients who are able to ensure their privacy either at work or home
Clients who are highly-motivated for growth and change and are able to continue our work together even, and especially when demands are high. This can be a time of necessary “pause.”
Individuals who do not have local access to highly-trained professionals, therapists and coaches
Clients who struggle with phobias, agoraphobia, physical illness or pain, disabilities, emotional concerns such as severe anxiety, and more. Skype sessions are an incredibly supportive option.
Clients who are high-functioning and not suffering from severe mental illness. I am licensed to diagnose and assess this and offer my support regarding your personal situation to ensure your psychological safety.
One added note: Online therapy is now frequently reimbursed by insurance.
Kim Seelbrede, LCSW, high-level, expertly-trained personal and executive coach and licensed psychotherapist working with individuals and couples and is able to meet with clients from the convenience of their home or office or while traveling, in the US or internationally.