"What is counseling like?"
"What types of therapy are there?"
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is a method of providing and receiving confidential counseling services through video or audio format. Telehealth platforms have long been used in offering counseling services to populations that would otherwise not have access to services. With current stay-at-home orders and the necessity for social distancing, telehealth is now a means of providing ongoing treatment in our very own community.
Is Telehealth counseling confidential?
Our therapists utilize a confidential and HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform when conducting video sessions. In addition, therapists prioritize being in a private space to ensure confidentiality when conducting sessions and will encourage you to find a private space as well so that your sessions is as confidential as if you were meeting in person. Although conducted over a video platform, sessions are never recorded.
Counseling online seems...weird. Is it?
Counseling via telehealth is different than an in-person session, but like many new experiences it is generally easily adapted to. Some people might even find the format of video-sessions more comfortable and less nerve-wracking. For therapists, it allows new opportunities to get to know our clients in different ways. If you have reservations about telehealth, we urge you to push through that initial hesitation or anxiety and give it a try - there is much to be learned from things we seek to avoid! At Thrive Counseling we have a shared knowledge of and training in telehealth counseling. Our therapists will work to provide an experience that feels both safe and comfortable.
Lindsey Barela, LPCC
Demian Rubalcaba, LCSW
What is a counseling session like?
At Thrive Counseling Services Albuquerque and Rio Rancho,
our counselors believe that the direction of sessions should based on your needs. For example:
If you are having panic attacks, you may learn skills to manage panic attacks.
If you are struggling with drinking too much, you may learn about why you may be drinking in the first place or why your brain craves alcohol on a biological level.
If you are having trouble finding and maintaining a healthy relationship, your Thrive counselor may discuss the patterns you engage in when you are in a relationship.
Certain parts of therapy are more structured (such as the initial information-gathering process) and are used to identify treatment goals. Ultimately, it is you, the client, who collaborates with your therapist to choose the direction your treatment will take.
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