Alzheimer’s Counseling Online
I can’t imagine anything worse than having a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. How do you cope? How do you manage the day-to-day challenges of not only caring for yourself and your family, but caring for your mom or dad? I can help… With 20 years of direct, day-to-day experience working with patients and families, I can guide you through the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
Hello and welcome to Alzheimer’s Counseling Online. Online counseling or e-therapy is still a fairly new method of providing counseling, support and guidance. I use it in my practice as so many of my client’s are unable to leave their loved one to attend a counseling session or support group. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions about my on-line counseling and support services.
What is Alzheimer’s Counseling Online or e-Therapy?
Online counseling or therapy, e-therapy, e-counseling, and email counseling all describe the same thing – counseling, guidance and support services which are provided online.
Online therapy, like face-to-face therapy, is a dialogue between you and your counselor to assist you in dealing with problems and to encourage your personal growth. For patients or caregivers that can not schedule face-to-face sessions, this type of support is growing both in popularity and need.
You will receive my understanding, support, questions, information, feedback, and strategies to help you with your problems. While online counseling and support is different than in-person, it has been shown to be quite effective for many people.
Online counseling is provided through email correspondence or chat rooms. Some online clients choose to talk over the phone as well, and with our toll free number there are no additional charges.
Some people choose to have only a few email exchanges with me; sometimes called consultations or advice. Others develop a relationship with the two of us writing emails back and forth, or talking in a chat room over an extended period of time. Developing a therapeutic relationship, whether online or in-person, leads to a deeper exploration of issues.
It’s up to you to decide what you want, however some problems can’t be resolved without an ongoing therapeutic relationship, and some can’t be resolved online. If you have problems that might be better dealt with in-person but you don’t feel you can or want to, online counseling and support might be a good place to begin.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Counseling & Support
The Advantages include:
- You may feel freer to be yourself and to share your concerns more openly online.
- You may feel more comfortable receiving counseling and support in the privacy of your own home.
- You may feel more comfortable writing about your problems than talking about them.
- You may write about what is bothering you sooner than if you were talking to someone – this often brings faster resolutions to problems.
- Writing may help you to think through your problems and to feel your emotions. It can bring focus, clarity, insight, and emotional relief.
- You can read and re-read your emails, and chat transcripts.
- Writing enhances your relationship with yourself.
- You can email your me any time of day.
- You can take as long as you want to write.
The Disadvantages include:
- Online counselors don’t have access to important information about you without face-to-face sessions, however, having phone sessions as well can provide your me with more information.
- There can be more misunderstandings by email and therefore a greater need to explain things and ask additional questions. However, this can also be an advantage as it encourages our being clear and asking questions – something some people are afraid to do in-person.
- Some problems just cannot be resolved online
- Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed over the internet.
- Online counseling and support is relatively new – although writing as a form of support is not new
To learn more or to schedule a session, call the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at 561-588-4545 or 855-476-7600