Online Counseling & Therapy

Online Counseling & Therapy

I offer online psychotherapy through a secure, HIPAA-compliant video platform.

For some people, getting to an office for an appointment is a challenge.  Whether it's due to a busy schedule, transportation issues, limited mobility, or other obstacles, online video therapy is a convenient option that allows you to access support from a remote location.

I work with individual adults who need help with:

 Anxiety & Stress

 Social Anxiety

Depression

Self-Esteem

What to Expect

In order to schedule an appointment, you have to speak with me by phone first. I provide a free 15-minute phone consultation so we can determine whether my services will be a good fit for your needs.  If so, then we can schedule an appointment.

After we've spoken, you’ll receive a follow-up email confirming your upcoming appointment along with a link to my secure client portal.  There you will be asked to review consent forms, complete a form with your basic contact info, and provide credit card info for future payment.  Payments will be charged at the end of each online appointment.

On the day of your appointment you will receive an email reminder 10 minutes prior to the appointment time which will include a link to join the video call. From there, you get a 50-minute video appointment to help you move toward your goals, learn more about yourself, and learn new ways to move through life's challenges with confidence.

Things to Consider

Online therapy is not suitable for everyone and in some cases, in-person treatment is better and more appropriate.  For instance, if someone is in a high level of distress and posing a danger to themselves, in-person care is strongly recommended.

For some people, it is really difficult to find a truly private place to have the online sessions.  In order to get the most benefit out of online therapy, being in a private space that is free from distractions, interruptions, and where there is low risk of being overheard by others is essential.  That way you can feel free to discuss things openly and honestly and you can be assured that the conversation is confidential.

Although the technology is solid and secure, there is also always a risk of technical difficulties which could interfere with our ability to meet online.  Power outages, internet connectivity issues, etc. may be an obstacle. 

Online counseling makes it possible to get help and support that meets your needs and fits in with your schedule.

To find out more or to schedule an appointment, get started by clicking the button below.

**Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am now offering appointments online or by phone.**

© 2019 by Melanie Lopes.

471 34th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

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