More and more people around the world are taking advantage of the benefits of receiving help online.
I offer counseling, psychotherapy and consulting services via electronic communication, including Video Conference, Telephone, V.O.I.P. and other forms of telecommunication.
Introduction to working Online
Research and academic studies show that E-Therapy (as well as E-Coaching and E-Counseling) can be as effective as face-to-face consultations, and sometimes preferred. A comprehensive review of Online and other E-Services can be easily obtained online. Refer to: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/06/telehealth.aspx, and many other resources which are easily found online.
Advantages of Working Online
Choice – Comfort – Accessibility – Availability – Convenience – Affordability – Privacy – Flexibility – Confidentiality
- Choose the right Therapist, Counselor or Coach for you (a specialist) without the limitations of location
- Avoid wasting valuable travel time and travel expense
- Enjoy receiving help in the space in which you are most comfortable, relaxed, and focused
- Schedule your sessions with ease and flexibility
- Continue your process without interruptions when you travel or need to work unusual hours
- Obtain the help you want even when home-bound
- Protect your privacy and confidentiality – no need to be seen by others in a waiting room or building
- Feel more at ease if you are an individual who may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable to work face-to-face
- Choose which communication modality you prefer (Telephone, Video Conference, etc.)
There are teleconferencing services which offer clear convenient safe encrypted private communication, which allows for each participant to be aware of useful non-verbal cues and communication, such as voice shifts, body language, facial expressions, etc. to be present in real time synchronous communication, as in an office setting – without all the logistical hassles.
Possible Disadvantages of E-Sessions:
When video is absent, a lack of non-verbal cues can at times create a disadvantage; however this is not an issue for Video sessions.
Confidentiality and security can be an issue (hackers, NSA, etc.) however, precautions can be taken.
Technological difficulties can be disruptive; therefore we use high speed internet connection and good software.
On some online sites it is difficult to confirm the credentials of the service provider. This is not a problem on Dr. Sheldon’s site.
Issues related to Online Psychotherapy (not relevant to Coaching)
Obviously, it is contra-indicated to work with patients who are seriously disturbed (psychotic, suicidal, etc.) online.
Sometimes it can be difficult to properly diagnose the problem when the patient is not physically present (depending on the patient and the problem). It is for this reason that when possible or necessary, I ask the patient meet with me for at least the first session in my office .
There are often licensing issues regarding state government agencies who license the practice of psychotherapy
I Provide Coaching and Consulting Advice Online Internationally.
I provide Psychotherapy services only in jurisdictions where I am licensed or otherwise legally permitted to do so.
Almost all of my clients and patients see improvement within a couple of sessions. In fact I tell all of my new and prospective clients and patients that they will know within two meetings if I am the right therapist for them.
Of course specific results cannot be guaranteed, and vary from client/patient to client/patient. Motivation and positive participation, as well as suggested homework are required of the patient. The work is a partnership between therapist and client/patient.
I want to give my patients the best treatment I can, and create the best treatment strategy for each patient. To do this, it is important for me to have the necessary information regarding their condition, medical history, and past and concurrent treatment, with other health professionals. I, therefore, request consultation with my patients’ medical doctors, when I treat them for medical or psychiatric diagnoses, or at least a copy of their medical report, so that I can offer the best services possible.
At times hypnosis or another modality of therapy is not recommended or appropriate for a particular client/patient. Whether hypnosis or another modality is utilized in the treatment of my client/patient is determined after consultation and evaluation of the client/patient, the specific issues presented the preference of the client/patient, and the client/patient’s medical history.
Regarding hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy and hypnosis are usually very good treatment interventions. However, hypnosis is contraindicated under certain circumstances. For example, hypnosis is usually contraindicated for individuals who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders, such as psychoses and schizophrenia.
A proper evaluation of each client/patient must be made before hypnosis is utilized. It is only at the request of the client/patient and at the evaluation and discretion of Dr. Sheldon that hypnosis will be utilized.
Often Dr. Sheldon consults with other physicians treating his client/patient as part of the evaluation and the creation of the proper treatment strategies, as well as to ensure that there is safety, harmony, coordination and consistency among the health professionals treating the client/patient and the treatment modalities utilized. Dr. Sheldon will also ask the client/patient to provide information regarding any medications or other drugs taken.
Recording of all sessions and consultations is requested. Recordings are confidential (of course) and are solely for my use only.
Regarding Testimonials and Endorsements: Of course what
is written in testimonials and endorsements and professional
recommendations represents the author’s experiences and opinions.
All of the above is for the well-being of the client/patient, and to make sure that all work is done with high ethical and professional standards, legally, effectively. I want to give excellent service and wants each of his clients/patients to be as successful as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me.