Category: Psychotherapy

How to find the “Best Therapist” for you!

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Finding the best therapist for you is the most important part of maximizing your successful with psychotherapy. However, as many people who have experience looking for a therapist can attest, finding a provider who is just the right “fit” can be very challenging. Here, I outline some strategies to help you find the therapist that is right for you. 

Strategies for Finding the “Best Therapist” for you 

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1)    Evaluate your needs and goals for psychotherapy 

Who will be in therapy?

Therapy and counseling services can be provided to individuals, couples, families, or groups. Therapists often also specialize in providing care to clients within certain age ranges (e.g. children or adults). When searching for the “best fit,” it is important that you are clear about who will be engaged in treatment, as not all providers are trained to serve all these different types of clients. 

What symptoms are you experiencing?

Because treatment modalities vary by symptoms and diagnoses, being able to broadly describe your symptoms and concerns can be extremely helpful in finding a therapist who is the “best fit” for you. This can help ensure that you are matched with a provider who has experience working with clients like you; and you can be confident in their ability to help you meet your goals for psychotherapy. 

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What kind of treatment are you seeking?

There are many ways in which providers treat mental health concerns, ranging from medication management to different types of talk therapy. While it can be challenging to understand all the differences in treatment options, it can be helpful to consider what approach might work best for you (e.g. short or long-term therapy, focus on the “here and now” or preferences to understand how past experiences influence how you feel today, etc.).

What resources do you have available?

When seeking therapy, you will need to consider the amount of time you have to dedicate to therapy (e.g. time spent commuting, parking, and practicing new skills in between sessions). If you plan on using your insurance, it is important to know what types of services they cover and any limitations to this coverage. If you do not have insurance, it can also be helpful to consider budgeting how much money you plan on investing in a course of therapy.

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2)    Evaluate potential therapists.

What is the therapist’s area of expertise?

Psychology is a very diverse field of study, which means that most therapists specialize in some area of clinical service. When evaluating a provider’s expertise, it is important to consider their level of education or type of license, their defined client focus, and the treatment modalities they offer. A therapist who specializes in working with people who are like you, are more likely to be able to provide services that will meet your specific needs and goals.

How and when will you access care?

You should be able to access therapy with relative ease, as you will likely be attending sessions regularly, especially at the beginning of treatment. It is also important to understand your provider’s availability to take on new clients, any flexibility they may have in their scheduling, and, when applicable, estimated waitlist times.

3)    Choosing the “best therapist” for you. 

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Which profile or website do you connect with most?

For most people, first impressions of potential providers tend to be online. As you look for a therapist, I suggest that you read through their various online materials and visit their websites to get a better sense of who they are and what they do. It is important to be mindful of their expertise and how they fit your needs and goals for therapy. Once you have narrowed down your search, it is common to call several therapists or practices for an initial consultation before you ultimately make your choice.

Booking an initial consultation to evaluate fit. 

The initial consultation can be a great way to evaluate fit, as it allows you to assess what it would be like to work with this therapist. You can assess the timeliness of their response, their communication style, and ask more questions about their expertise and approach to psychotherapy. Once you know your provider has the right qualifications for you, it is important to assess if feel as though you can build a trusting therapeutic relationship with the provider.

By following the steps above, you will likely be well on your way to finding the “best therapist” for you. It may seem like a lot of work at first, but taking your time in choosing the right provider for you can make all the difference in determining your success in finding relief and support through psychotherapy.

To learn what the best fit for you looks like, read more here…

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If you would like to more information about the psychotherapy services at Coronado Psych, please contact us at 619-554-0120, info@coronadopsych.com, or click here to schedule an initial consultation. 

How to Find the Best Therapist in Coronado & San Diego

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Finding the best therapist for you is crucial when looking to begin a course of psychotherapy. However, as many people who have experience looking for a therapist can attest, finding a therapist who is just the right “fit” can be very challenging. But, what does “best fit” mean in the context of therapy?

Defining “Best Fit” in Therapy

The therapist who is the “best fit” for you, is somebody who can meet your needs in terms of their expertise, availability/accessibility, and interpersonal style.

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Expertise

When searching for a therapist, many people may not realize just how broad the field of psychology is. There are many specialties within mental health, and most providers are experts in some but not all types of psychotherapy and counseling services. A therapist’s expertise can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the type of clients they see (e.g. child, couples, adult, or group), the problems they address (e.g. anxiety, depression, substance abuse, behavioral problems, personality disorders, etc.), and the kinds of treatments they provide (e.g. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Biofeedback, Psychodynamic, etc.). A therapist who is a good fit for you would naturally be somebody who is trained to assess and treat your specific concerns.

Availability and Accessibility

A therapist who is the “best fit” for you will also need to be accepting new clients and available to provide services at times when you can attend sessions. These sessions will need to be readily accessible to you (e.g. reasonably close in proximity or available via telehealth) and you will need to consider how you will pay for these services (e.g. payments made out-of-pocket or through insurance).

Interpersonal Style

Psychotherapy and counseling services are very personal experiences, as they involve being open and honest with your provider about your biggest challenges. A strong “therapeutic alliance” or connection between you and your therapist, is one of the main components of a successful course of psychotherapy. This means that, ultimately, the therapist who is the “best fit” for you will also need to be someone with whom you feel you can build a trusting working relationship.

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Compatibility

It is important that you and your provider are compatible across these three domains. That is why I often encourage people who are interested in therapy to talk to several potential providers before they commit to a course of therapy, to ensure that they can feel confident in their choice.

It is also important to keep in mind, however, that there is not only one person who is the “best fit” for you. There are likely many providers who are equally capable of helping you reach your therapy goals. While it may take some time to find the “best” therapist for you, it is worth taking the time to make the right choice, as it can make all the difference in the success of your treatment.

Continue reading & learn strategies you can use to find the best therapist for you…

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Your First Therapy Session: What to Expect

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People often wonder what the first session of psychotherapy is like. There are many questions that can arise when considering psychotherapy or counseling services.

Understanding the goals of a typical first session can give insight into what you may expect during an initial meeting with a therapist. It is important to keep in mind that first sessions may vary depending on each practice’s policies, the type of treatment provided, and your individual needs and goals for psychotherapy. Therefore, it is always helpful to directly ask providers any questions you may have about your first session in advance of the meeting.

There are usually 3 main goals for the first session of psychotherapy:

1) To inform you about practice policies and limits to confidentiality, allowing you to make an informed decision about engaging in therapy or counseling services.

A typical first session can start with reviewing important documents, including informed consent forms and practice policies. Often providers will ask you to review such documents before the scheduled meeting, in order to maximize the amount of time you have in session to answer any questions or concerns.

2) To discuss reasons for seeking therapy and other life factors that may influence treatment.

During the first session, your provider will likely ask you to describe your reasons for seeking therapy. They may also ask you to provide other information (e.g. your work/school-related stressors and social supports) to get a better sense of other factors that impact your mental health.

Some therapists may also ask you to fill out questionnaires or forms that provide additional information about your levels of distress. Together, this information provides the therapist with a better understanding of your unique situation that can be used to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

3) To give you an opportunity to understand the therapist’s approach to psychotherapy and assess whether they are a good “fit” with your needs and goals for treatment.

In addition to informing the provider about your experiences, the first session is also an important time for you to evaluate the therapist. In this session, therapists often provide information about what future sessions of psychotherapy may look like with them. This information combined with your experience of their style of communication can help you evaluate whether the therapist is the right fit for you.

Woman sitting in therapist's officeThe first session of any psychotherapy or counseling service lays the foundation for building a strong therapeutic relationship—a factor that is imperative for the success of therapy, no matter what type of treatment is provided.

It is important to note that not all therapists are meant to treat all clients, and not all clients are meant to work with every therapist. Therefore, it may take some time to find a therapist that is the right “fit” for you. Asking friends/family or your family doctor for referrals can often be a good starting point when searching for a therapist.

Exploring online directories and websites can also be a useful first step in engaging in psychotherapy. However, ultimately the best assessment of the “fit” will be your own experiences speaking with the provider through an initial consultation or assessment.

If you wish to get more information on your first session or other psychological services at Coronado Psych, please contact us at 619-554-0120info@coronadopsych.com, or click here to schedule an initial consultation. 

How to Prepare For Your First Therapy Session

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The first session of psychotherapy can set the tone for future sessions and is extremely important, as it sets the foundation for establishing a strong therapeutic relationship—a fundamental component of successful treatment. Being prepared for the first session allows for the session to run more smoothly and ensures that you can get the most out of your first meeting with your therapist.

How can I prepare for the first session?

1) Review documents and prepare questions

It is common for therapists to send important documents, such as informed consent forms, practice policies, and notices of privacy practice to you prior to the start of the first session.

It is important for you to review these documents carefully and make a list of questions you may have prior to the session. Careful review of these documents is important regardless of how you are seeing your therapist (e.g. remotely or in-person). It can ensure your full understanding of these documents and maximise your time to discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and other important issues during this first session.

2) Plan ahead: In-person v. Telehealth Services

Man walking down street with headphonesFor both in-person and online therapy, it is important to prepare ahead and consider all the logistical aspects of attending the session in order to give yourself time to get settled into the space and transition your mind to focus on what you would like to discuss with your therapist.

For in-person therapy, it is important to consider the logistical aspects of seeing your therapist, including parking availability, commute time, and building/office information (e.g. elevator access, gate access codes, etc.), prior to the first session.

For online therapy, it is important to review what equipment you need to access care (e.g. download necessary phone apps or test session links) and to find a quiet, private space to engage in therapy prior to the start of your first session.

For example, if you are thinking of attending an online session in your home, you may consider putting up a “Do not disturb” sign or other reminders to those around you to limit possible disruptions during your first meeting.

3) Think about what is bothering you most or what your primary goals are for therapy.

An important goal of the first session is to gain a better understanding of your specific needs and goals for psychotherapy. Sometimes it is hard to think of something specific you are struggling with—and that’s okay.

However, it can be useful to take some time prior to the first session to think about how you are feeling now and how you would like to feel in the future in order to help facilitate the process of defining goals for therapy. By defining your goals, what you want and need from therapy, we can work together to create a unique and effective treatment plan designed just for you.

How do I access care?

If you feel comfortable asking, your friends, family, and physician can be great resources to find a therapist. Online directories can also be helpful to find a therapist will work for you.

Most providers offer some brief consultation or intake prior to the first session—these brief interactions can be a great way to begin to evaluate whether a particular therapist will be the right fit for you and can also be a good opportunity to ask how best to prepare for your first session.

If you wish to get more information about the psychological services provided at Coronado Psych, please contact us at 619-554-0120, info@coronadopsych.com, or click here to schedule an initial consultation. 

Cognitive Restructuring: Part 3

What is Cognitive Restructuring?  

Cognitive restructuring is a crucial component of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Cognitive restructuring refers to our ability to assess and challenge automatic negative thoughts that contribute to heightened distress. 

Not to be mistaken with simply “thinking positively,” when done effectively, cognitive restructuring allows us to cope with our stressors by balancing our thoughts in realistic, believable, and ultimately more helpful ways.

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Cognitive restructuring consists of 3 crucial steps: 

1) Building awareness of our automatic negative thoughts.

2) Systematically evaluating these thoughts.

3) Challenging and reframing/replacing them.

In this post, we focus on Step 3.  (Click on step 1 & 2 above to read more)

How do I know I need to do this?  

If you  find yourself feeling depressed or anxious much of the time over a prolonged period (2 or more weeks) or you find yourself  facing  the same  obstacles or stressors over and over again, it might be time to consider CBT. 

Cognitive restructuring  does not mean that you are “wrong” or that your distress is “all in your head.”

Within the CBT framework, our thoughts are symptomatic of the real problems we face and the very real distress that we feel that can fog our view of often complex stressors. Cognitive restructuring can help us change our thinking to be more balanced, allowing us to cope more effectively with our biggest challenges.   

Step 3: Challenging Negative Thoughts  

Negative Thoughts Coronado PsychHaving identified and assessed our automatic negative thoughts, we can then work to shift these thoughts by using the cognitive distortion labels to help us ask relevant questions to help build alternative thoughts that are more realistic and helpful in managing stress.

For example, when we identify our thoughts as being “black or white,” we then can ask ourselves, “Where is the grey area? Is there any middle ground?”

Other questions we can ask ourselves in the face of automatic negative thoughts are: “What evidence do I have to support this belief? What evidence do I have to disprove it?”

It can also be helpful to consider what you might say to a friend/family member who has a similar thought. We are often much kinder to those who are coming to us for help than we are to ourselves—so it’s crucial to try being kind, compassionate, and patient with ourselves as we learn this new skill.

Learning how to restructure our most toxic negative thoughts can be very difficult—especially if we’ve held on to these thoughts over long periods of time or if the emotions associated with them are very strong.

Mental health professionals trained in CBT can guide clients through this often complex and emotional process in a way that can empower them to be more confident in their abilities to cope with stressors across multiple domains in their lives.

If you wish to get more information about cognitive restructuring or other psychological services at Coronado Psych, please contact us at 619-354-4027, info@coronadopsych.com, or click here to schedule an initial consultation. 

The ABC’s of CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for a wide variety of mental health challenges and is often considered a “gold standard” treatment for depression and anxiety.

As its name suggests, CBT works to systematically evaluate how our thoughts and behaviors work together to influence how we feel. By understanding what we are thinking and what we are doing in response to stress, we can begin to gain a sense of control and more mindfully and effectively implement our coping skills in the face of a wide variety of stressors. 

What are the ABC’s of CBT?

Library Research Coronado PsychThe “ABC’s” of CBT refers to a framework for understanding how our thoughts and behaviors work together to influence our feelings. Developed by Albert Ellis, a psychologist whose work heavily influences modern CBT practice, the ABC’s are considered a fundamental component of CBT.

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“A” stands for Activating events, situations that lead to intense negative emotions.

“B” stands for Beliefs, automatic thoughts that come in response to the activating event.

“C” stands for Consequences, emotions or behaviors that follow an activating event and is associated with our beliefs.

What does ABC look like in real life?

Man holding phone tabletFor example, an email from your boss asking to schedule a meeting may be an activating event. Your belief is, “My boss hates me, I know I’m getting fired,” and the consequences might be that you feel worried and depressed, which leads to poor sleep and feeling sluggish at work the following day.

Alternatively, the same activating event might lead another person to think, “Maybe my boss would like to discuss the new project I’ve been working on, I’m glad she’s interested hearing about it.” And the resulting consequence might be that this person would then feel pleased and hopeful, and therefore sleep well and have a relaxed body. In this example, the same activating event can result in different beliefs and ultimately different consequences/outcomes.

This simple example can illustrate how powerful it can be to understand how the ABC’s work in our lives.

How Can CBT Help Me?

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CBT can help to reduce stress and improve mood in many different situations. In working with my clients, I have found that even taking the first steps to evaluating our ABC’s can work to reduce stress.

Taking this first step in CBT can help us psychologically organize situations that can often feel confusing or overwhelming. Becoming aware of our ABC’s can help us be more mindful of what we are thinking and bring a better sense of balance when coping with various challenges.

The goal is not to define our thoughts as “wrong or right,” but rather to figure out the interplay between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help us understand where we might make a change.

Evaluating our ABC’s can be challenging to do on our own, because it can be extremely hard to see the links that contribute to our distress, especially when we feel overwhelmed or tired.

Psychotherapists trained in CBT are skilled in working with clients to help them understand their unique set of ABC’s and develop skills to cope effectively based on such analyses. Learning how to evaluate our ABC’s can be the first step towards empowering ourselves to make effective and lasting changes in many areas of our lives.


If you wish to get more information on our CBT services at Coronado Psych, please do not hesitate to contact us at 619-354-4027, info@coronadopsych.com, or click here to schedule an initial consultation.

The Mind-Body Connection

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In my practice, I am acutely aware of many different ways, both physically and emotionally, in which my clients experience stress. Understanding the mind-body connection provides a useful framework for understanding our stressors and our abilities to cope. Moreover, I have found that taking the time to explain the science behind often prescribed relaxation strategies can help clients feel this connection better as they implement these strategies in their lives.

What is the mind-body connection?

The mind-body connection is both how our mental states influence our bodies AND how our physical states influence our thoughts and feelings. For example, fear and anxiety can lead to increased muscle tension, heart rate, sweating, etc. And physical pain can lead to feelings of anxiety or depression, especially in the long-term.

Woman lying down meditating and reflectingThe mind-body connection is generally quite adaptive, as physical symptoms, such as pain, and associated thoughts and feelings can trigger us to assess our health and seek treatment if needed. Moreover, our thoughts and feelings can quickly and efficiently get our bodies ready to act in a way that can keep us safe.

Our body’s physiological response to stress is most widely known as the “fight-or-flight” response, which refers to the triggering of our sympathetic nervous system (SNS) in response to an acute stressor.

The SNS is a part of our central nervous system (CNS), and activates us to confront or flee from stressors we may be facing. This system is useful for various situations but can become problematic when it goes into overdrive or is sustained for prolonged periods of time.

Fortunately, the CNS is also composed of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which works to dampen the activating sympathetic response. If we think of the SNS as “stepping on the gas,” we can think of the PNS as “pumping the breaks.”

Both systems are equally important and are in a constant “dance” in our bodies to help keep our vital organs functioning. However, when prolonged stress or anxiety puts the SNS in overdrive, finding ways to promote the PNS can help us to feel more balanced both mentally and physically.

What can I do to de-stress?

Mind Body Deep Breathing Coronado PsychRelaxation exercises, including deep belly breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, and guided imagery can be extremely effective tools to manage the physical symptoms of stress.

Studies have found that relaxation exercises call upon our PNS (our “breaking system”) when our SNS response to stress has our system in overdrive.

Relaxation exercises can help us feel calm and refreshed, have clearer thinking, and increase our awareness to better manage our sources and symptoms of stress.

While different strategies work better for different people, I typically like to recommend deep belly/diaphragmatic breathing to clients who are beginning to explore these techniques, as it is one of the simplest relaxation exercises (See link below for a useful tutorial).

The beauty of deep breathing is that once we have some practice with this exercise, it is very easily accessible in that you can call upon it anywhere–at home or on the go.

For those just starting to experiment with relaxation strategies, I recommend starting to practice these techniques at times when you are less anxious before calling upon it when experiencing heightened symptoms of stress.

By doing this for as little as a few minutes each day, you can actually build your ability turn on your PNS during times of stress. Like any other new skill, it may take some practice, but is worth the investment of your time, especially if you are struggling to manage symptoms using your current strategies.

If you have any inquiries about the mind-body connection and the practice of deep breathing, or are interested in psychotherapy to cope with stress, please contact us at 619-354-4027 or info@coronadopsych.com

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Sources and Symptoms of Stress

Assessing our sources and symptoms of stress provides a useful framework for understanding our stressors and our abilities to cope. It may be daunting to try to “unpack” all of the ways in which we feel stressed. However, once we embark upon this task together, my clients often find that this process can provide some relief and improve confidence in their abilities to tackle their stress. 

What are some sources of stress? 

Becoming aware of our sources of stress can help us orient ourselves with our stressors in a way that can illuminate pathways for effective coping tailored to our unique struggles.Stress Definition Coronado Psych

Stressors can range between everyday hassles (e.g. paying bills or running late to work) to major life events (e.g. divorce or death). They can also be negative events (e.g. losing job or being hospitalized) or even positive events (e.g. going on a trip or planning a wedding). 

Stress can also come from many different domains in our lives, including work, health, finances, friends/family, or environment. By assessing our sources of stress, we can empower ourselves to better manage our stressors. For example, we may be more mindful about taking on new responsibilities at work or in our social lives to better manage our stress moving forward.

Symptoms of Stress

Stressed Person Coronado PsychIn addition to understanding the sources of our stress, we can also increase our awareness of the different symptoms of stress—where do we feel stress and how does this affect the way we think and feel? 

Stress can lead to symptoms in three main areas:

1) Our physical reactions, including muscle tension and fatigue

2) Our thoughts, including excessive worry, feeling depressed/irritable, or difficulty remembering things

3) Our behaviors, including poor sleep, procrastination, and avoidance of various sources of stress. 

Once we are aware of our unique sources and symptoms of stress, we can then begin to assess the potential need to do something different.  For example, relaxation exercises may be useful in reducing physical symptoms, while challenging our automatic negative thoughts may work to relieve our excessive worries or depressed mood.

Is it Time for a Change?

Stress Relief Coronado PsychIf you find yourself struggling to manage your stress over many days or weeks, it may indicate that you might benefit from trying new coping strategies. 

Similarly, if you find that you are facing the same stressors over and over again or you are feeling overwhelmed with all of the different kinds of stress you are experiencing, it might be time to try something new.

It’s important to note that often the goal of coping with stressors or building resilience is not to erase our sources and symptoms of stress. Effective coping is often focused on how well we manage our stress as it comes about.

By organizing our understanding of our stress into the various sources and symptoms, we can begin to make decisions about which strategies may work best to help cope. Psychotherapy is also an effective way to learn how to manage our sources and symptoms of stress.

If you are interested in learning more about how psychotherapy can help you manage your stress, please feel free to call or email us.

Sources and Symptoms of Stress

Assessing our sources and symptoms of stress provides a useful framework for understanding our stressors and our abilities to cope. It may be daunting to try to “unpack” all of the ways in which we feel stressed. However, once we embark upon this task together, my clients often find that this process can provide some relief and improve confidence in their abilities to tackle their stress. 

What are some sources of stress? 

Becoming aware of our sources of stress can help us orient ourselves with our stressors in a way that can illuminate pathways for effective coping tailored to our unique struggles.Stress Definition Coronado Psych

Stressors can range between everyday hassles (e.g. paying bills or running late to work) to major life events (e.g. divorce or death). They can also be negative events (e.g. losing job or being hospitalized) or even positive events (e.g. going on a trip or planning a wedding). 

Stress can also come from many different domains in our lives, including work, health, finances, friends/family, or environment. By assessing our sources of stress, we can empower ourselves to better manage our stressors. For example, we may be more mindful about taking on new responsibilities at work or in our social lives to better manage our stress moving forward.

Symptoms of Stress

Stressed Person Coronado PsychIn addition to understanding the sources of our stress, we can also increase our awareness of the different symptoms of stress—where do we feel stress and how does this affect the way we think and feel? 

Stress can lead to symptoms in three main areas:

1) Our physical reactions, including muscle tension and fatigue

2) Our thoughts, including excessive worry, feeling depressed/irritable, or difficulty remembering things

3) Our behaviors, including poor sleep, procrastination, and avoidance of various sources of stress. 

Once we are aware of our unique sources and symptoms of stress, we can then begin to assess the potential need to do something different.  For example, relaxation exercises may be useful in reducing physical symptoms, while challenging our automatic negative thoughts may work to relieve our excessive worries or depressed mood.

Is it Time for a Change?

Stress Relief Coronado PsychIf you find yourself struggling to manage your stress over many days or weeks, it may indicate that you might benefit from trying new coping strategies. 

Similarly, if you find that you are facing the same stressors over and over again or you are feeling overwhelmed with all of the different kinds of stress you are experiencing, it might be time to try something new.

It’s important to note that often the goal of coping with stressors or building resilience is not to erase our sources and symptoms of stress. Effective coping is often focused on how well we manage our stress as it comes about.

By organizing our understanding of our stress into the various sources and symptoms, we can begin to make decisions about which strategies may work best to help cope. Psychotherapy is also an effective way to learn how to manage our sources and symptoms of stress.

If you are interested in learning more about how psychotherapy can help you manage your stress, please feel free to call or email us.

How Does Online Therapy Work?

As a result of COVID-19, there has been a sharp increase in the availability of psychotherapy services through telehealth. Social distancing guidelines and concern regarding the physical safety of psychotherapy clients have brought on a positive and effective evolution in accessibility to mental health services.

Telehealth Coronado PsychAlthough, broadly speaking, this is beneficial, we must also be especially mindful when engaging in psychological services online or over-the-phone and acknowledge that this may look and feel different compared to in-person treatment. While the possible drawbacks of telehealth can be overcome, it is important to be mindful of both the benefits and risks of engaging in this type of service in order to maximize success for our clients.

What is telepsychology?

Telepsychology is the practice of psychological services through telehealth. Most psychotherapy and supportive counseling can be delivered through telephone or video conferencing.

Remote psychological services can be greatly beneficial for many people, depending on individual needs and can help us overcome barriers to accessibility that can exist for in-person sessions. For example, engaging in telepsychology can help overcome scheduling conflicts and other barriers that hinder clients from seeking out mental health care.

Telepsychology offers many advantages and studies have found that, when implemented correctly and appropriately, it is just as effective as in-person therapy. (See links to studies below for information)

How online therapy works

How can it help me?

Telepsychology may be for you if you know that you are struggling with challenges either emotionally, psychologically, or behaviorally, and are finding it difficult to make time for in-person appointments.

Psychological services provided over-the-phone or over encrypted video conferencing services can reduce the amount of time clients spend traveling to and from a physical office space and often allow for more flexible scheduling options (e.g. the ability to schedule appointments outside of standard office hours or more easily during the work day).

Therapy through telehealth can also be useful for individuals who have established in-person care, but can no longer attend sessions in the office regularly due to changes in schedules or travel. This method of treatment delivery provides the option for greater flexibility around a client’s schedule and can work to increase adherence to treatment over time.

Telehealth Coronado PsychWhile the benefits of telepsychology may seem simple, it is extremely important to take the time to discuss all of the risks and benefits of telehealth with your provider prior to engaging in remote therapy.

These discussions may include assessments of your comfort level in using required technology, the nature of topics being discussed with your therapist, and your ability to find an appropriate space to take telephone calls or video-conferences.

Planning with your therapist ahead of time about what would work best for you and your therapeutic experience can help to optimize treatment outcomes and minimize risks.

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How to access care?

With the ongoing global pandemic, there are a large number of therapists that are now offering mental health care through telehealth, but not everyone has had extensive training in this area of practice. Therapists often list their availability for online or remote therapy services on the websites or on their directory profiles.

Ideally, clients seeking this form of therapy should pursue therapists that are experienced in providing remote services, particularly if they are considering taking part in telepsychology in the long-term.

If you would like more information on our Telepsychology services at Coronado Psych, please do not hesitate to contact us at 619-554-0120, info@coronadopsych.com, or click here to schedule an initial consultation.


Resources

Efficacy of Synchronous Telepsychology Interventions for People with Anxiety, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder

Videoconferencing Psychotherapy: A Systematic Review