Online psychological services information

Online counseling is a psychological service which assumes that the meeting between the client and the psychologist takes place in the online environment. Given the multitude of problems that we have to deal with daily, the great distances we have to travel from home to work and conversely, caring for and accompanying children in daily school and extracurricular activities, etc., makes it very difficult and limits access to psychological services. Also, people left abroad feel more comfortable discussing in their mother tongue about problems personal and are increasingly asking for this type of service. This type of psychological service also calls for people who are not able to move for one reason or another (baby care, physical disabilities, etc.), clients who have moved to another locality or country, for a certain period of time and who want to continue the therapy.
Online counseling comes as a welcome in front of these limits and tries to make psychological services accessible from you at home, from holidays, from the office, being a flexible method, meeting the needs of the modern man in a continuous crisis of time, over-responsible and constantly moving.
The online meetings are made through WhatsApp, they have the same structure as the ones held in the office, they comply with the same conditions. quality and professionalism and runs throughout 60 minutes.

Benefits of online therapy

  • Low financial costs
    Online therapy is 20% cheaper than face-to-face therapy, being excluded from the cost of therapy, the costs of existence and maintenance to a psychological office plus the costs related to transport, regarding the move to the psychological office.
  • Time costs
    In online therapies we reduce the travel time to the psychological office and back.
  • Accessibility
    Online therapy benefits from accessibility from the comfort of your home, an environment that is more familiar to you and makes you feel much more comfortable during the therapeutic process. The chance to call a psychological service increases when you think that everything is a click away, and the risk to postpone the call to psychological services decreases.
  • Privacy
    When we talk about our personal problems we tell things we may not have told anyone before, we reveal intimate things in our lives. This whole process of self-analysis, of personal analysis is done with much greater emotional comfort from the sofa at home, than from on the armchair in the therapy room.

What do you need for online psychological counseling?

To get psychological counseling online, you need a good internet connection (minimum 20 Mb / sec), a webcam, or the video camera from your phone, an active WhatsApp account installed on your mobile, a comfortable, quiet place in the space of your home, isolated where other people who are not an integral part of the therapeutic process enter. Make sure that for 60 minutes you are not disturbed or distracted by other tasks, people around you, noises, in order to make the most of the time spent in the psychological session.

WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app, available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses the connection on the internet of the phone (4G / 3G / 2G / EDGE or Wi-Fi, depending on availability) to allow you to talk through messages, voice and video. For Android phones you can install it from the PlayStore, and for the iPhone from the AppStore, searching for: "WhatsApp".

The application implicitly uses data encryption technologies for all types of communication on WhatsUp, so that confidentiality is protected data even if the communication is done on the Internet, therefore this video mode is preferred - the conference, because it offers full data security.

My WhatsApp number is +49 151 22497246


Terms and conditions of online psychological counseling

By using online psychological counseling services, you understand and agree to the terms and conditions set out below:

  • Beneficiaries of online counseling services who have not reached the age of 18 need the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The form can be downloaded here. After completing, signing and scanning the form will have to be send to me on WhatsUp or email before the meeting.
  • Children under the age of 14 cannot benefit from online counseling because counseling requires other psychological methods and strategies, which involves the need for face-to-face therapy, such as game therapy, ergotherapy, etc.
  • Parents who have children under the age of 14 can benefit from counseling and psychological guidance regarding the child-parent, child-school relationship, parent - child - school, or solving problems that arise in the life of his child, such as learning problems, problems of school integration, bullying or bullying, etc.
  • All identity data and information used during online counseling sessions will remain strictly confidential (will not be disclosed to any third party), and the psychologist will not make public the data you provide and will not keep audio recordings or video with discussions. See details of the deontological code in the Security and Privacy section.
  • As a beneficiary of these services, you are fully responsible for the accuracy of the data provided to the psychological counselor .
  • The psychological counselor will provide support and guidance , help you understand and accept certain states, thoughts or emotions in the vision of restoring a state of well-being, of balance, for the purpose of self-knowledge and personal optimization .
  • Psychological intervention is influenced by your sincerity, openness and involvement in the therapeutic process . The most accurate account information about events in your life, description of emotions, thoughts, as they are without trying a cosmetic of them, it helps the specialist to identify the causes of your problems and offer an objective conceptualization of the situation in which you also find the best solutions to solve and overcome the problem with you.
  • Online psychological intervention has no psychological evaluation value, and the psychotherapist does not offer a psychiatric diagnosis / evaluation, nor does not prescribe drugs . Any concerns or concerns about your health should be discussed with the psychotherapist, in order to be referred to physicians, depending on the specificity of the condition.
  • All online psychological counseling sessions take place only after their programming and payment, within the established framework.
  • The length of a session is 60 minutes.
  • For information on meeting costs and how to pay, visit the Payment page.
  • The appointment is considered confirmed only after you send the evidence of the payment of the hearing (order of payment / statement of account), within a maximum of 24 hours from the request of the reservation, to the psychotherapist's email address and to receiving an email of confirmation from him.
  • All scheduled meetings are to be paid. If you announce the cancellation of paid programming more than 24 hours in advance, the money will be reprted for the next meeting. If you cancel the meeting less than 24 hours in advance, the meeting will be considered successful, and the meeting remains fully paid without the possibility of returning or reporting at the next meeting.
  • The client has the right, at any time of the psychological intervention, to request the conclusion of counseling sessions communicating this work during the meeting.
  • Other situations in which the psychological intervention stops: lack of time required for client meetings, difficulties financials that make it impossible to pay the sessions, not paying the client and not presenting at 2 consecutive meetings. All the above situations are discussed with the specialist, announcing the cessation of psychological intervention.

Studies related to online psychological counseling

Despite common fears, research has consistently shown that online treatment can be very effective for many mental health issues. Here are the results of several studies:

  • A 2014 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online treatment was just as effective as treatment. face to face for depression.
  • A 2018 study published in the Journal of Psychological Disorders found that cognitive behavioral online therapy is "effective, acceptable and practical health care". The study found that online behavioral cognitive therapy was just as effective as well as face-to-face treatment for major depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.
  • A 2014 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that online cognitive behavioral therapy was effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders. The treatment was cost effective and the positive improvements were sustained at the one year follow-up.
  • A first study, published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, reviewed studies of cognitive behavioral therapy online (CBT) conducted between 2000 and 2012. CBT is a widely used and well-researched form of therapy, most of which are studies I argue that the online forms of this treatment are extremely effective. CBT focuses on reducing negative thoughts, thus changing them behavior and alleviating symptoms.
  • Most studies followed participants for a relatively short period of time after undergoing therapy - ranging from eight weeks at about two years. The researchers found that CBT online could effectively reduce the symptoms of depression and other mental health problems. In some cases, CBT online was even more effective than traditional therapy in person.
  • From the point of view of effectiveness and results, a 2008 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Technology in Human Services, performed on 92 studies, found no difference between face-to-face psychotherapy and video-based psychotherapy.
  • Similarly, in in 2009, in a review published in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, conducted on 148 publications, it was examined the usefulness of video conferencing, showing a high level of customer satisfaction and a moderate to high level of satisfaction among specialists and positive clinical outcomes.
  • Also, a 2010 study from the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that video conferencing was successful in treating the disorder of post-traumatic stress.