No matter where you live in Kansas or Missouri, you and I can work together using secure HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing software. You are not limited to nearby choices. Many rural areas of Missouri and Kansas are under served by mental health professionals, so videoconferencing greatly expands your options, particularly when it comes to my behavioral sleep medicine specialties. Even if you live in the Kansas City area, you may want to utilize the distance counseling option if transportation is an issue, if you simply want to avoid the drive, or if you need to be at home (such as if you are a stay-at-home parent with young children).
Neither Kansas nor Missouri have any legal requirements for therapists who provide distance (or online) counseling. This means any therapist can offer this service whether they have any training for it or not. I have chosen to earn the BC-TMH credential as part of my commitment to my clients to provide high quality services. This credential shows that I have met nationally established telemental health criteria and have received training in best practices for distance counseling.
You might be interested in online counseling but worry it’s not as effective as face-to-face counseling in an office. There is a substantial body of research which documents that that online counseling is as effective as in-person counseling. You can feel confident that your results will be just as good whether you choose traditional in-office counseling or the newer online counseling.
If you would like to see what online counseling feels like, I invite you to set up a free get-acquainted session with me. This 20-minute session will be done online using secure HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing software. This session will let you ask questions of me, get an idea for how it feels to do counseling online, and get an idea of how you feel it would be to work with me. If you’d like to set up your free get-acquainted session, give me a call at (816) 226-4678.