Teletherapy for Hawkins, TX

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A Sheltering Tree
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC
Verified Verified
Hawkins, TX 75765
I admire the clients who take the initial step to reach out to A Sheltering Tree. It takes courage to begin a relationship with a stranger where you are asked to reveal areas of struggle and pain. I am honored to be given this opportunity, and my goal is to co-create a relationship built on trust so that we can work together to help you find the answers that you seek for the changes in you want in your life.
I admire the clients who take the initial step to reach out to A Sheltering Tree. It takes courage to begin a relationship with a stranger where you are asked to reveal areas of struggle and pain. I am honored to be given this opportunity, and my goal is to co-create a relationship built on trust so that we can work together to help you find the answers that you seek for the changes in you want in your life.
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Mary Spurlin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAMS-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hawkins, TX 75765
Are you struggling with painful memories that keep you up at night? Are you wondering if life will ever be normal again? Do you feel like no one understands? You are not alone. Many adults wonder if life will ever get better, after experiencing trauma, grief or difficult relationships. Imagine if you didn’t have to feel this way. It can be a challenge, but people do experience joy again. I make it my goal to be a safe place for those who want to explore concerns, work through painful memories, increase insight and learn healthier ways of coping with life’s challenges.
Are you struggling with painful memories that keep you up at night? Are you wondering if life will ever be normal again? Do you feel like no one understands? You are not alone. Many adults wonder if life will ever get better, after experiencing trauma, grief or difficult relationships. Imagine if you didn’t have to feel this way. It can be a challenge, but people do experience joy again. I make it my goal to be a safe place for those who want to explore concerns, work through painful memories, increase insight and learn healthier ways of coping with life’s challenges.
(430) 243-5505 View (430) 243-5505

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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.