Teletherapy for Alexander City, AL

Photo of Karla Rae Ver Meer, MS, LPC, CCTP, Licensed Professional Counselor
Karla Rae Ver Meer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Alexander City, AL 35010
Now licensed in Alabama, Colorado and Texas! After 13 years of private practice in Colorado, my Alabama office is open! Education & learning new skills are significant components of my approach. I'm relational & easy to talk to about even the most difficult issues of life. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, spiritual & relational issues, & severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder. I am certified in EMDR. Pysch & personality assessments are available to identify strengths & areas for growth. I enjoy working with teens & adults, male or female. I love to renew hope when it seems lost.
Now licensed in Alabama, Colorado and Texas! After 13 years of private practice in Colorado, my Alabama office is open! Education & learning new skills are significant components of my approach. I'm relational & easy to talk to about even the most difficult issues of life. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, spiritual & relational issues, & severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder. I am certified in EMDR. Pysch & personality assessments are available to identify strengths & areas for growth. I enjoy working with teens & adults, male or female. I love to renew hope when it seems lost.
(719) 660-8099 View (719) 660-8099
Photo of Christi S. Jones, PhD, LPC, Counselor
Christi S. Jones
Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Alexander City, AL 35010
Life can be challenging at times. Difficulties come from many different sources such as loneliness, loss, relationship issues, parenting struggles, financial stress, and career concerns. Being overwhelmed can lead to feeling it is impossible to make changes in your life. During times when life is stressful it can be comforting to know that counseling can help. My practice serves clients either in person or via telehealth. With the support of counseling sessions, you can make changes that improve your quality of life. If you have interest in setting up an initial appointment please email or call. The first appointment is free.
Life can be challenging at times. Difficulties come from many different sources such as loneliness, loss, relationship issues, parenting struggles, financial stress, and career concerns. Being overwhelmed can lead to feeling it is impossible to make changes in your life. During times when life is stressful it can be comforting to know that counseling can help. My practice serves clients either in person or via telehealth. With the support of counseling sessions, you can make changes that improve your quality of life. If you have interest in setting up an initial appointment please email or call. The first appointment is free.
(938) 201-4892 View (938) 201-4892

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Online Therapists

Is online therapy as effective as in-person?

Numerous studies suggest that online therapy can be as effective as in-person therapy. However, further research is needed to determine if online therapy provides the same benefits across all client populations. Individuals with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or those who may benefit from in-person check-ins, like those with eating disorders, may not experience the same level of benefit from online therapy. Nonetheless, the success of online therapy, much like in-person therapy, often hinges on the quality of the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client rather than the specific modality of therapy used.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of therapy conducted online?

One of the main advantages of online therapy is its convenience for both clients and therapists. It also allows clients who require specialized therapy to access a wider range of professionals than they could with only in-person sessions. Additionally, online therapy may be a more affordable option in some cases and often offers the same insurance benefits as in-person therapy. However, online therapy may not be suitable for everyone, especially those who value face-to-face interaction with a therapist. Therapists may find it more challenging to assess clients accurately in an online setting due to reduced nonverbal cues on camera. There is also the increased risk that disruptions caused by external factors, such as technology malfunctions, can hinder the therapy session. For these reasons, many therapists offer a "hybrid" therapeutic approach, alternating between seeing clients in-person and online.

Is online therapy suitable for children and adolescents?

Just like with adults, the accessibility and convenience of online therapy can greatly benefit children and adolescents. In fact, children and adolescents may be more accustomed to navigating online platforms than older adults, making online sessions feel more natural for them. Teens might also be interested in using additional online tools, such as therapist-recommended apps, as an adjunct to online therapy sessions. Apps for developing CBT skills, practicing mindfulness exercises, or tracking thoughts and moods can be helpful for teens receiving therapy. However, it's important to note that not all therapeutic modalities are well-suited to online therapy, especially those used with younger children. For example, play therapy, which helps younger children express their emotions, often requires in-person sessions to be fully effective.

Can I receive prescriptions and medication management with online therapy?

The ability for psychiatrists to prescribe medications through online therapy varies based on the medication and the states where the medical professional and client are located. While many prescribing regulations were relaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic, some states still enforce rules, especially concerning controlled substances, which may mandate an in-person visit before prescribing. Generally, however, medical professionals can prescribe non-controlled substances through online therapy sessions just as they do during in-person sessions.