Frequently Asked Questions
What is online therapy?
Online therapy is counseling that occurs between a licensed therapist and a client online rather than at a physical location. It is a more convenient and accessible option for those looking for therapy in the comfort of their own space or even those who are looking for specialists.
How does it work?
You will identify a quiet, comfortable, and private room for you and/or your child that is equipped with a computer, internet access, and webcam. Then we will each log onto a safe, confidential online video conferencing system to meet for a private counseling session. The average number of counseling sessions is 6 depending on your child’s needs using the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach.
What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?
Not only is solution-focused brief therapy highly effective but it also challenges your child to think and shift their pattern of attention. Through our work together, new pathways are created that lead your child to notice differences and make changes in their life.
Numerous evidence-based studies have shown solution-focused brief therapy’s effectiveness.
What are your counseling specializations?
As an online therapist in Illinois with 17 years of experience, I specialize in treating kids and teens with anxiety using the solution-focused brief therapy approach. I also provide online Christian counseling for those kids and teens who prefer to integrate their faith with counseling.
I am certified in solution-focused brief therapy and have received extensive training using this therapy approach with kids and teens.
How safe and confidential is online therapy?
I use a video conferencing platform called Simple Practice that is designed to look and feel a lot like Skype or Zoom but has strict protections in place to prevent hacking and safeguard sensitive health information.
Can I join my child in the counseling session?
Absolutely! Most younger kids prefer to have a parent sit with them, especially if they are feeling anxious and/or counseling is new to them. Although I will be directing my questions to your child, I occasionally may ask you a question too.
Preteens and teens usually prefer to attend counseling sessions solo, but I will defer to you and your child.
How is online anxiety therapy different from traditional in-person counseling?
Other than not being in the same room, there is little difference. There are some advantages to online counseling that are worth mentioning such as:
- Video chatting mimics the way kids and teens are most comfortable communicating with friends.
- They may feel “safer” than visiting an office and talking to an adult in person.
- Online therapy can feel more confidential, making it easier for kids and teens to share difficult feelings.
- Kids can relax in a familiar environment and surround themselves with pets and favorite toys.
Are therapy videos recorded?
No. There are no permanent videos or voice recordings kept of our online sessions. Your child’s privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance, so great measures have been taken to protect them.
Who can you work with for online therapy?
What can I expect at the first counseling session?
I want to get to know your child, so I’ll ask them some basic and fun questions and then we’ll get right to work. I’ll also make sure to answer any questions you may have about me, my practice policies, or how I conduct counseling sessions.
How long is online therapy and what is the frequency?
Sessions are 45 minutes in length (sometimes shorter if your child is younger). We will meet once a week for the first two to three weeks. Then we begin to space the sessions out so your child can practice noticing the changes they are making.
How many online therapy sessions will my child need?
Every child is unique, so the exact number is difficult to predict. However, the average number of SBFT sessions tends to be 6. Most parents see some improvement in their child’s anxiety within 2-3 sessions. I regularly monitor and discuss your child’s progress with you to ensure they are receiving the type of treatment best suited to them.
Is online counseling appropriate for every child?
Online therapy may not be appropriate for children who are in higher-risk situations, such as those struggling with substance abuse or moderate to severe suicidal thinking.
What is your fee for online therapy in Illinois?
$125 for a 45-minute session. Payment is expected at the time of service via credit card.
Upon request, I am happy to provide you with a “superbill” that you can use to request reimbursement from your insurance company.
For additional information on how to use your Out of Network insurance benefits as well as how to request reimbursement using the free Reimbursify app, please visit my Fee and Insurance page.
What is your cancellation policy?
I have a 24-hour notice of cancellation or rescheduling policy. If I do not receive 24-hour notice, you will be charged the full fee for the session.
Begin Online Therapy for Anxiety in Illinois with Briefly Counseling Today!
If you’re ready for your child to begin therapy, you’ve come to the right place. At my Illinois online counseling practice, I specialize in online Christian counseling, teen anxiety, and anxiety in kids. To start therapy, follow these simple steps:
- Complete my Contact form or call me at 224-236-2296 to schedule a 20-minute phone consultation.
- If we agree that I’m the right fit for your child, we’ll select a day and time for the first appointment.
- Learn more about me, your child’s new online therapist
- Watch your child gain confidence and feel better
Any other questions? Feel free to reach out to me personally at (224) 236-2296 or fill out my contact form here.
If you’re ready to get started and join the many clients who trust me to help their children through some of the most anxious and difficult seasons of their young lives, I’m excited to work with you!