It’s really hard to make it to your counseling sessions right now.
You’re busy. You can’t seem to carve out extra time in your day to get the mental health care you need.
However, you want to feel like the best version of yourself. And, you want to feel in touch with your own feelings, connected to others and hopeful about the future.
You’ve been having a hard time and you just don’t feel like yourself. You have been looking for a therapist who understands what you’re going through and can help you feel better. But, you are really busy and life is hectic. So, you need to see someone who can provide convenient and flexible counseling.
Online Therapy is the Answer You’ve Been Looking For
It is important to take care of your mental health. But, it’s not always easy. Especially when you are busy. But, in today’s digital world it is easier than ever to access quality mental health counseling from the comfort of your own home. Online therapy allows you to meet with a therapist on a secure video platform.
Online Therapy is Convenient
At Aspire Counseling, we know that you want to feel like the best version of yourself. You want to feel in touch with your own feelings, connected to others and hopeful about the future. In order to do that, you need to find convenient, effective counseling services. The problem is, it’s really hard to make it to counseling appointments right now. Perhaps you’re homebound due to illness or physical limitations. Maybe you’re worried about privacy. Or there just isn’t any room in your busy schedule to go across town to a counseling appointment.
We believe you deserve to be able to find healing through counseling. And we offer online counseling so we help you begin hat healing journey from the comfort of your own home or office. Our therapists understand mental health and all of our therapists are well trained in specific, proven counseling strategies. Most importantly, we have therapists who truly care about helping you.
Online Therapy During Covid-19
We know that the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has many people practicing social distancing at the moment. And, during this uncertain and frightening time, our therapists are committed to making sure you can still receive support. We know that an essential part of overcoming this challenging time is staying connected with others, including your counselor. Therefore, our therapists will provide their mental health services online to support you.
We Respect and Value Your Privacy
At Aspire Counseling we understand that many people worry about being seen going to counseling or running into someone at their therapist’s office. And, although we wish that weren’t the case (and want to end the stigma against therapy) we understand. If you’re worried about these issues, then online therapy may be the answer you’re looking for. As a general rule of thumb, our therapists use a secure video platform to meet with you on your phone, tablet, or computer. We use HIPPA compliant software and adhere to all their guidelines. In other words, our therapists take your privacy seriously whether we’re meeting online or in person.
*Note: During Covid 19 the requirement for HIPPA complaint sessions has been waived. Our therapists have on rare occasions used unsecured methods such as Zoom due to technical issues. If you and your therapist are thinking about using a non-secure platform, you will discuss pros/cons ahead of time.
Online Therapy in Missouri:
Did you know that you have to see a therapist who is licensed to provide online services in the state you are physically located in? So, if you are traveling outside Missouri, then your therapist won’t be able to meet with you until you get back. However, we can see you anywhere in the state of Missouri, even if you’re outside of the Mid-Missouri area. For example, we can see professionals traveling to Kansas City or St. Louis for work. Or, a youth whose parents live in different parts of the state and share custody. While most of our clients are in the Mid Missouri area, through our online therapy services we’re now able to see individuals who are physically located everywhere from Joplin to Sedalia to Kirksville or St. Charles. Wherever you are in Missouri, we’d love to help.
Who Benefits From Seeing an Online Therapist?
So many people have seen great results from working with an online therapist. Especially people who had a hard time leaving their house due to health issues or severe social anxiety. It is also very effective in helping stay-at-home parents access counseling. Many people prefer the convenience of online therapy to in-person therapy. A study published by the American Journal of Managed Care found that 86.7% of online psychiatry patients said they’d recommend online to their loved ones. Then, another study from the Journal of Anxiety Disorders proved that online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is just as effective in treating anxiety and depression as in-person counseling.
Online Counseling Services Provided by Aspire Counseling
Aspire Counseling is proud to offer a wide variety of therapy options to their clients online. Our therapists believe in providing only the highest quality counseling services and we know research has shown online therapy can be as effective as in person treatment for many mental health diagnoses. These include anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, grief, postpartum mood disorders & more. Therefore, we are confident we can help you begin to find healing as you meet with a therapist from the comfort of your own home or office.
We want everyone to have the opportunity to access quality and personalized counseling regardless of their ability to come into our Mid-Missouri counseling center.
The therapy team at Aspire offers the following counseling services online:
- Teen counseling
- Counseling for college students
- Individual therapy for adults
- Trauma & PTSD treatment
- Counseling for survivors of sexual assault & rape
- Grief counseling
- Counseling for caregivers
- Therapy for hospice patients and seniors
- Counseling for life transitions
- Help for mothers and parents
- Anxiety treatment
- Depression treatment
- LGBTQ affirming counseling
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness coaching
- Counseling for childhood abuse and neglect
*Please note that not every situation is appropriate for online counseling. Therefore, your therapist will be assessing your fit for online therapy services during your first few sessions. In many cases, your therapist may ask that you come to the office for the initial assessment.
Online Therapy for Spanish Speakers
We want all our clients to benefit from counseling and the opportunities it provides for you to achieve emotional wellness. Therefore, counselor Diana Hughes provides counseling in Spanish. As a Spanish speaker herself, she understands the benefits of being able to communicate with her clients in their native language. Please let our client care coordinator know if you would like to work directly with Diana.
Online Therapy is Can be Appropriate for Teens & Adults
At Aspire Counseling, we primarily see children over the age of 10, teens, young adults, adults & seniors. People of any age can experience success while working with a therapist online! As long as you have access to a phone, tablet, or computer and can use the internet you can have a counseling session from the comfort of your own home.
Begin Online Therapy in Missouri
You don’t have to choose between coming to a counseling office in person or waiting to get mental health support. Our therapists are here to help through online counseling. Here’s how you get started with online therapy in Missouri:
- Contact our counseling clinic and speak to our care coordinator to make an appointment for a free 15-minute consultation to see if online therapy is a good fit for you,
- Meet with an online therapist for a consultation. This can be done over the phone or using a video platform.
- Begin online therapy and receive the mental health support you are looking for!
Although online therapy is appropriate for mental health concerns, it is not appropriate for clients experiencing a severe crisis. If you are currently having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately by calling the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the local hotline at 1-800-395-2132. If you are having an acute mental health crisis, please go to your local ER. In the Mid Missouri area, we recommend going to the University of Missouri ER.
Other Services Offered by Aspire Counseling
At our Mid-Missouri counseling clinic, we believe healing begins when you look past hurts, current obstacles and future worries directly in the eye and can confidently say, “I’ve got this.”
Our therapy team offers a variety of mental health services to clients of all ages. Our therapy services include counseling for caregivers, counseling for chronic illness, postpartum counseling, counseling for teens, counseling for college students, counseling for adults, trauma and PTSD therapy, EMDR therapy, counseling for sexual assault and rape, anxiety therapy, counseling for depression, LGTBQ affirming counseling services, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Also, our counselors contribute to our blog on a regular basis. To learn more about our counseling services both in-person and online, please contact our therapy office in Columbia, MO.