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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

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NYC + Santa Fe Psychotherapist, Kim Seelbrede, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, Relationship Expert + Stress/Anxiety Coach who provides Psychological Consultations in-person and online psychotherapy working with individuals and couples. Specialties include: trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression, relationships, creative, VIP + high-profile clients. She enjoys writing, photography, yoga, travel and pie. For more, subscribe to her newsletter or connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Psychology Today, EMDRIA and her personal website www.kimseelbrede.com or blog.