Like most therapists, I prefer to meet with my clients in person at my office in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. But after having lived and worked in a rural county of 89,000 inhabitants for sixteen years, I am aware of the advantages that online therapy can offer. While all licensed therapists are bound by confidentiality laws, rural residents often don’t feel comfortable seeing a therapist who they may see every day at their child’s school or in the grocery store. Or they may have a specialized need that can’t be met by someone in the community. Or they may live in a place without any therapists. One choice is to drive long distances to see a therapist outside of the community.
Other clients find for a variety of reasons such as extensive travel for work or physical challenges, that they are unable to come to a therapist’s office.
Online therapy is made for these situations. As a therapist licensed in California, I am able to do online therapy with anybody who resides anywhere in California. It is not legal for me to practice therapy with people who reside outside of California.
I use a HIPAA-secure platform called Doxy. This is an easy to use platform. I send you a web link and you go to there and wait for me to connect with you. You do need to use only Firefox or Chrome as your browser (no IE).
I am not able to provide on-line therapy if you are on Medi-Cal or Medicare and I do not do relationship therapy online.