Online Teletherapy

***Seeking online therapy in response to COVID-19/coronavirus? We recognize that this is a new and worrisome time we’re all facing. In response, we are actively expanding our schedules to respond to the increased demand for supportive mental health services.

Now more than ever, we know that prioritizing your mental health will be of the utmost importance. We will support you, as you work to be of service to those around you. We are here for you.***

Those in Need of Teletherapy Services

Virtual therapy is an increasingly popular option for individuals, couples, and families. We know it’s challenging to figure out how to fit even one more thing into your always busy schedule. Engaging in online therapy can be just the tool you need. Being able to meet with a therapist by video, from your own device, from any private location, makes it just that much easier to figure out how to incorporate therapy into your week.

What is Teletherapy?

Teletherapy, or telemental health, is a way of providing remote mental health services. Simply put, you are accessing therapy services when you and your therapist are not sitting in the same room together. Instead, you are using any of your own personal devices (smartphone, tablet, or computer) to talk securely with your therapist from the comfort of your home or other private space.

At Affinity, the most common way that we meet with clients for teletherapy is by online video. We use several secure video platforms to do this. Some people might find the idea a bit strange at first. However, if you’re familiar with Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, then you can already easily imagine how it feels, and how it works, to do a video therapy session.

Studies have demonstrated that teletherapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy for a wide range of issues. Additionally, all of our therapists are specially trained in the delivery of effective telemental health services. So you can rest assured that we can help you address the issue bringing you to therapy, whether in-person or by video.

You may choose to engage entirely in teletherapy services,  or you may use online therapy on an as-needed basis. We will work with you to find the method of therapy that best suits your exact needs.

Is Teletherapy Right for You?

There are many different reasons that people can seek teletherapy services. There is no one specific type of client that will find it most useful. In fact, the people who utilize teletherapy services are very diverse.

Perhaps you are a busy executive and it’s difficult to get away from the office for a weekly appointment. Or you don’t want to miss your regularly scheduled appointment, but a snowstorm makes it difficult to get to your therapist’s office. Also, couples who have schedules that are difficult to coordinate may use online therapy to more conveniently access services. Teletherapy provides you an opportunity to stay consistent with your therapy work regardless of these kinds of situational challenges.

On the other hand, perhaps you aren’t so busy that you can’t go to therapy but instead have trouble leaving the house to get there. People with agoraphobia and other forms of anxiety may find it so challenging to go speak with a therapist in person that they never make an appointment.

Teletherapy offers the chance to get the support that you need in the comfort of your own home.

If you’re a person living in a rural environment or a small town with limited resources, you can access high-quality therapy services through teletherapy. Or maybe you’re dealing with issues related to oppression or discrimination. You might be worried about showing up in a local therapy office, or you simply want to ensure your privacy. Teletherapy can give you peace of mind. It allows you to reach therapists in other areas who can respect your confidentiality, bring their expertise to your specific issues, and work with you to make empowered choices in the face of your challenges.

Get Started with Teletherapy Today

Teletherapy isn’t right for everyone, but it could be right for you. It’s important to understand that although there are pros and cons to teletherapy, it is not “lesser than” other types of therapy. You will still work with one of our skilled, licensed, awesome therapists who hold themselves to the same standards for teletherapy as they do for their in-person work. Every day there are people using teletherapy as a means to meet their personal goals through this approach to therapy, and perhaps it might be useful to you as well.

If you think that this might be right for you, or if you have more questions about it, contact us today to learn more.

Young Adult, Millenials, and the iGeneration

Your generation gets a bad rap. You know it, and we know it. Others may see you as entitled, not hard-working, and unwilling to follow the rules of “the real world,” but we just couldn’t disagree more.

Your desire to be seen and appreciated for who you really are is courageous. Your need to feel purpose and meaning, in your personal and professional lives, is admirable. At the same time, a lot is riding on the decisions you’re making right now. Your relationships, career, finances, time, interests, and sense of self can all feel highly impacted. It’s not easy to figure out how to chart the right course for yourself.

The questions can sometimes feel overwhelming. Who am I? Who do I want to be? Who can I be? Do I even know who I am or who I could be? Do I see myself clearly? What do I want most? What should I do first? What is the most important? Am I making mistakes? What if my parents don’t accept me as I am? Is it more important to be true to myself or to honor my parents?

You may find yourself worrying about specific issues like the high cost of education, competition in the workplace, uncertainty about the future, the divide between the haves and the have nots, politics, healthcare, money, relationships, and more.

Do you ever find yourself feeling lonely and isolated?

Even though you are connected to more people through social media than prior generations ever knew, you may still be experiencing loneliness and a sense of isolation. You value authenticity but feel unable to share the less-than-perfect moments of your life with friends or family.

Being constantly connected means you are aware of events the moment they happen. As such, you may find yourself feeling hopeless about the fate of the world or your future. If you are disconnected for very long, you might worry about what you are missing. Some young adults and Millenials find themselves feeling constantly on edge, tethered to devices that have the capacity both to activate and to soothe their stress.

Learning to hear and follow your inner wisdom makes navigating these difficult situations much easier.

At Affinity, we see everyone’s value and worth. We use a strengths-based approach to help you feel empowered to answer the questions that plague you and to pursue your unique dreams and goals confidently.

Balancing that out, though, we also know that you are more open to acknowledging that stress and more proactively seeking help for it. Our goal is to help you find your own sense of agency so you can figure out how to make your life work well – for you. When you begin to feel more empowered to chart your own course, the stress level doesn’t feel as crushing as it once did.

When you begin hearing and trusting your inner voice, there is less to worry about, less to stress about, and decisions don’t seem as daunting as they do when you are unsure of which path is right for you. Energy and eagerness to move forward will help you achieve everything you desire when you are able to stop doubting your every move.

Contact us today to set up an appointment. Most young adults and Millenials find it exhilarating when they start to feel alignment between their inner voice and the path they’re following during their life transitions. We can’t wait to see you running more confidently towards a meaningful future!

College Students and Graduate Students

The pressures of pursuing higher education can take a toll on your mental wellbeing.

As a college student or graduate student, it may seem to some like you are a privileged member of society because you have the opportunity to pursue higher education. They may perceive you as being free of the worries that plague those who are working full-time, but you could tell them a thing or two about that.

You worry about doing well in your classes. You worry about how you compare to your peers, who may be your job competition one day. Speaking of that, you worry about getting a good job when you graduate and, now, you worry about a job that will allow you to repay your loans, too. You feel strongly about the education you’re pursuing, but it’s not necessarily reducing your anxiety about the future.

Undergrad and graduate students often aren’t living the college life portrayed in the movies.

The high demands you experience are relentless. There is always more to know and understand about the world. Your workload is larger than any previous generation, and many students are working their way through school at the same time, so there is less space in their lives to relax and rejuvenate. The pressure can even make it can feel difficult to allow yourself to take a break, and when you do rest, you feel guilty for it because the voice in your head says you should have been spending that time working.

You have high expectations of yourself and work every day to achieve them, but your resources are often limited. Has the constant stress from trying to balance work and studies made you anxious, depressed, or feel burnt out?

If you feel that way, you aren’t alone. Research has reported depression and anxiety rates among college students and graduate students that are six times higher than the rates in the general population. Something in the culture and the higher education system is broken. These problems cause you to feel constant stress, which can even interfere with your ability to sleep.

When sleep deprivation and stress are combined, it is more difficult for you to deal with the stress, which can leave you feeling unhappy and depressed at times. This combination also makes you feel less resilient and less able to solve problems that arise. It can rob your day of enjoyment.

While we can’t fix what is broken in the culture and the higher education system for you, we can help you deal with it more effectively. Healthy coping and stress management skills are required to endure the rigors of higher education.

The skills you’ll learn at Affinity provide you with the ability to minimize the amount of stress you experience, so you can work smarter and not harder.

When stress and pressure take up less space in your life, you’ll have more space for other priorities that are important to your overall success and wellbeing. Priorities like restful sleep, meaningful relationships, pleasurable activities, and a sense of satisfaction and pride that you have rightfully earned.

We will help you focus on your strengths so you can use them to help you achieve your goals. You’ll stop borrowing trouble from the future and leave worrying about your first post-grad job until the time when you can take action. You’ll know the difference between an unsolvable problem and a problem that you can’t solve today.

There is much you can do to make college and graduate life less stressful and more enjoyable. You’re likely to think you don’t have time to address the struggles you’re having, but that’s because you’re not factoring in how much easier and faster your work will be when you’re less stressed. Use our online scheduler or contact us to set-up an appointment today.