What is Telehealth?
Telehealth, or virtual counseling, is a convenient option for mental healthcare that happens in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Research has shown that Telehealth can be just as effective as in person therapy for treating a wide variety of mental health issues. For many, it can provide greater flexibility in scheduling sessions without having to travel to a physical office location.
All of my Telehealth sessions occur through a secure and HIPAA compliant platform - SimplePractice. All you need to get started is a computer, tablet, or smart phone that allows for both video and voice calling. Prior to your session, you will receive a secure link via email directing you to my virtual office.
What do I need to get started?
To participate in Telehealth appointments from your home, you will need one of the following devices:
Desktop computer with a webcam, speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM OR
Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM OR
Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers, OR
You will also need an internet connection that is at least 10mbps. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality.
What is the SimplePractice Client Portal?
The SimplePractice Client Portal is a secure and easy way for you to communicate with me, request appointments, sign documents, and pay your appointment fees.
How do I login to my Client Portal?
Once I create your client portal, you will receive a welcome email with a link to login. Clicking the link will open a new tab in your browser where you’ll automatically get logged in.
To log back in:
SimplePractice uses a secure password-less login tied to your email. You will never need to create or remember a password to your account. All you need is access to the email address connected to your client portal.
1. Go to MW Counseling's Client Portal website: Click here
2. Click the I’m an Existing Client button.
3. Enter the email address associated with your account. You’ll receive an email with a link to log into your Client Portal.
4. You’ll see a message asking you to check your email. If you don't receive the email, check out the client guide provided below for tips on troubleshooting.
5. Click the Sign In link from the email to automatically log into your Client Portal. It expires after 24 hours and can only be used to log in one time.
What if I need help with my Client Portal?
Check out The Complete Guide to the Client Portal
What is play therapy?
While adults typically communicate and express themselves using words, a child's primary language is play. As a parent, it can be confusing and frustrating to watch your child struggle to find ways to express their feelings. Through play, children can safely explore their inner world - thoughts, feelings, and body sensations and work toward increased problem solving as they learn and utilize new coping skills.
As a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist™, I use Synergetic Play Therapy™ (SPT) with children of all ages. SPT is a researched-informed model of play therapy blending the therapeutic power of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity. Using this model, your child will learn more about their emotional responses and find new, healthy ways to express their feelings.
EMDR TRAUMA THERAPY
What is EMDR Trauma Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment (EMDRIA, 2021).
How is EMDR different from other therapies?
EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain (EMDRIA, 2021).
Who is EMDR for?
EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:
Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
Chronic Illness and medical issues
Depression and bipolar disorders
Grief and loss
PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
Substance abuse and addiction
Violence and abuse
What are your rates?
Payment methods: Self-pay by credit/debit card
Do you accept insurance?
Currently, I do not contract with any specific health insurance companies. If you would like to use your health insurance to cover counseling services, I can provide you with a Superbill that you can submit to your insurance company as an out of network service. You are responsible for knowing your coverage and for submitting all paperwork to your insurance company.
Where can I find copies of your intake forms?
I have PDF versions for your convenience right here!