Whether you are at home, at work, or simply too busy to commute to the therapy office, you can get the help and care you deserve through online therapy. Online therapy, also known as telehealth, e-therapy, teletherapy, and remote therapy, is just like regular in-person therapy. The only difference is, as the name suggests, you and your therapist work together online through a secure video service. Our therapists use fully HIPAA-compliant, confidential technology so that you can meet at your convenience without worrying about your privacy – that way, you can focus on doing critical personal work with your therapist.
Why Choose Online Therapy? Online therapy is all about accessibility, convenience, and privacy. Working with a therapist online may be better than in-person therapy for people who:
• Live in rural or remote communities
• Are home-bound or have health issues
• Have a busy schedule and want to save driving time
• Travel frequently for work
• Need to be home with children
• Feel more comfortable meeting on video (e.g., social anxiety)
Some people choose to do a combination of in-person and online, telehealth therapy, and sometimes sessions are best done remotely (if you have a cold or another illness, it’s best to stay home, right?). And sometimes, life takes us to another city or another state – but that doesn’t mean you should have to say goodbye to your therapist.
Does Online Therapy work as well as in-person? The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how important it is for us to feel supported and be connected with one another. When the pandemic began, our therapists rose to the occasion and made a rapid transition to doing therapy from home.
We have been pleased to find that the transition to online therapy has been relatively smooth. Some clients are saying they like it better than in-person for various reasons, including being able to continue to process emotions and insights in the comfort of their own homes directly after sessions.
Many therapists were initially concerned that video and phone sessions would feel distant and disconnected. However, we have noticed that the emotional closeness still there as though we are in the same room. We’ve enjoyed having an added window into our clients’ lives by seeing where they are for sessions, what their homes look like, and so forth. In many ways, it even feels more personal and private.
How does Online Therapy work at Light Counseling? We offer teletherapy primarily to Virginia residents, although some therapists are licensed in other states and may do online therapy for clients living in those states. Additionally, considering the urgent need for online therapy due to the COVID lockdowns, many states have allowed out of state licensed clinicians the opportunity to be approved telehealth providers. Please contact our office to verify whether one of our clinicians has been approved in your state.
Here at Light Counseling, we use a secure, private online platform called TheraNest, where you can see your therapist face-to-face from your computer or phone. For video sessions, you will find a camera icon in the scheduled calendar appointment in your TheraNest Client Portal. To begin your online telehealth session, simply click the link to their virtual waiting room, and your therapist will start the session shortly. If you have technical issues or have questions about how to access your online appointment, feel free to contact us and or reach out to your therapist.
All therapy sessions are by appointment only. Payment for services can be made by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, or insurance billing. We can keep a card on file so that you don’t need to provide payment information each session.
Individual & Couples Psychotherapy:
Individual and couple’s sessions range in fee from $100-$130 depending on the clinician’s experience level and length of session. Our schedulers can help you choose the best fit for you based on cost or any other preferences or criteria you have. Most sessions are 53 minutes, but longer or shorter sessions are sometimes appropriate and are pro-rated accordingly. Especially couples can find that pro-rated longer sessions (such as 60, 75, or even 90 minutes) better facilitate meeting their session goals.
Groups meet for a minimum of 8 weeks for 90 minutes each week. Each of these group sessions cost between $60-$70 depending on who is leading the group. You pay for your place in the group, so you are charged for every week the group meets, regardless of whether or not you attend.
Assessments are available for those 18 and older. The fees for assessments without insurance are $1100-1500 for the comprehensive ADHD assessment, depending on which measures are needed, and $550-650 per person for the Therapeutic Personality or Diagnostic Assessments.
Comprehensive ADHD Assessment:
ADHD evaluation includes a detailed intake interview, self-report measures, review of school records (if appropriate), individually administered intelligence testing, educational achievement testing and mental-health measures. A wide-range of functioning will be assessed in this evaluation, including learning, memory, cognitive functioning, executive functioning, reasoning, social functioning, and verbal and non-verbal communication. A feedback session will conclude the testing, where you will be provided a report with all test findings and appropriate recommendations.
Therapeutic Personality or Diagnostic Assessment for Couples & Individuals:
Therapeutic personality or diagnostic assessment are brief interventions to help both couples and individuals gain a better understanding of their concerns or relationship using psychological testing.
A psychologist will administer an appropriate psychological measure and will discuss the findings of the test to better understand your concerns and what might be the next best steps. We’ll explore test results with you, or you and your partner, with compassion, openness, curiosity and collaboration to provide both insight and healing.
This brief intervention can be a great supplement or precursor to individual or couple’s counseling.
• Personality & Diagnostic Testing: Myers-Briggs and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 RF
• Intelligence Testing: Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale – IV