Do you live in the suburbs of Columbia like Gaston or Chapin and don’t want to drive into the city just for a counseling appointment?
Or perhaps you live in a larger area like Charleston but you just don’t have time driving across town on your lunch break?
Perhaps you are just more comfortable attending therapy from the comfort of your own home?
You want high quality, specialized counseling services, but you also need therapy that fits with your lifestyle. We understand. Online therapy services at Synergy eTherapy may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Online Counseling is an Option
As Telehealth services are becoming more and more popular around the country, it makes sense that
mental health providers are starting to offer their services online as well. Telemental health services, also known as online counseling or etherapy, happen when counseling services are provided through the use of technology instead of in person. Typically, you and your therapist both login to a secure website and use video chat to have a counseling session.
A note about location
One thing that many people don’t realize is that you need to see a mental health professional who is licensed in the state where you are physically located. In our field, the service (i.e. counseling) takes place where you as the client are physically located. This means that if you are in Charleston, SC you need to see a therapist who has a South Carolina license to practice counseling or therapy. At Synergy eTherapy, we have mental health professionals who are comfortable and experienced providing counseling services online and are licensed in several different states, including South Carolina.
Benefits of Online Therapy
Convenience: Online counseling saves time
Online therapy saves you time. You don’t have to worry about driving fighting the Columbia traffic in rush
hour to make an after work appointment. Instead, you can pull up our secure platform on computer and start your counseling session right there in your office. With online therapy services, you save yourself the time you would usually spend getting to your car, driving to an appointment and waiting in the waiting room. Your therapy appointment can fit more easily into your busy schedule, because you only need a minute or two to login to your computer and then the time you are meeting with your therapist.
Choice of Therapists: Online therapy gives you options
Research tells us that the most important thing that determines if counseling will actually help you is your relationship with your therapist. This means that if you are going to invest your time, energy and hope in counseling you want to make sure you are seeing a therapist you feel comfortable with! You want someone who’s personality is a good match for you, who you trust and a therapist that has the expertise to help with the specific issue you are facing.
Some parts of the state have lots of options for counselors. If you live in a larger area like Columbia or Charleston you may be able to easily find a therapist that you click with who also has the training around your specific issue. However, if you list in a smaller city, you may have only a few therapists to choose from. And what if none of those therapists feels like the right fit?
That’s where online counseling can be a huge benefit. Online counseling opens up your options so you can find a therapist who is a good fit.
Accessibility: Almost anyone can attend counseling online
Some people have specific needs that make it difficult to get out and go to a counselor’s office. Online counseling can be an effective way to get around many of these barriers. For instance, someone who is on bedrest for a high risk pregnancy, is in a wheelchair or uses an oxygen tank may find it very difficult to attend counseling. If you are seeing a therapist online, you don’t have to worry about whether or not the building has adequate parking, an elevator or a sufficient restroom. Instead, you can participate in counseling from anywhere you are comfortable in that you know will meet your needs.
Privacy: Nobody will see you coming in or out of our office
Some people avoid starting counseling, because they are afraid others in their live will know they are seeking therapy. This can be especially true for entrepreneurs and businessmen & women. In small circles and small towns, it is common that these professionals are well connected.
As mental health professionals, we want to think that the stigma around getting counseling is going away. In a perfect world counseling would be so common that going to your therapist would be just as normal to mention in casual conversation as going to the dentist. However, we know the world isn’t perfect and there are many reasons you may just want to participate in counseling with more anonymity. Online therapy offers you that chance.
With Synergy eTherapy, you can participate in high quality counseling with a psychologist or licensed therapist from anywhere in the state of South Carolina. You can easily participate in online counseling without having to worry about risking your confidentiality in a small town or business community. You don’t have to worry about running into someone you know in the waiting room or that a friend might recognize the car in our parking lot.
Does Online Therapy Work?
Online therapy sounds ideal, but you can’t help but wonder: Does it actually
work? It’s common to be skeptical of new things, so if you haven’t participated in online mental health services before it makes sense that you want to do your homework before starting.
The simple answer is that yes, online counseling (also called Telehealth) can work. In fact, research has shown that online counseling can be just as effective in treating many mental health concerns as in person counseling.
Counseling for Depression Online in South Carolina
You are tired of feeling really down. Or worse yet; feeling numb. Some days it’s hard to get out of bed, and most days your thoughts are filled with self doubt. You’re tired of feeling this way and know that counseling might help. However, you can’t find the motivation to go to appointments.
Depression can be crippling. However, depression treatment offered online is often very effective. Because you login from the comfort of your own home, it can sometimes be easier to attend a session online than in person. A therapist can help you learn to examine those negative thoughts you are having and then to face them head on. You’ll learn specific skills you can use between sessions. And then slowly, you’ll find relief from your depression.
Online Anxiety Treatment in South Carolina
You are tired of anxiety holding you back and ready to make a change. In fact, if anxiety is impacting your ability to live life to the fullest you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns people struggle with. However, the good news is that that counseling is that anxiety disorders are very treatable. Most people respond well to anxiety treatment, and online counseling is a great way to work with a mental health professional to address your anxiety.
When you begin counseling for anxiety, you will have the opportunity to really look at what is causing you stress. You’ll learn new coping strategies and ways to calm your body when you feel triggered. Through working with your therapist, you’ll change the way you relate to your own body and improve your overall mental health.
Online Counseling for Trauma in South Carolina
You feel stuck or held back. In some ways, you don’t even feel like yourself. You’re haunted by a stressful memory in the past. You feel like you should be “over it” by now, but it still hurts.
In South Carolina, Synergy eTherapy also offers trauma therapy online. Trauma can refer to any situation where you felt overwhelmed and is now holding you back. Whether you experienced a rape, a sexual assault, domestic violence, a car wreck or any other really stressful experience, it’s the aftermath that’s left you feeling so unlike yourself. Maybe you’ve having trouble sleeping. Your self esteem has taken a fit. You find yourself feeling angry and not wanting to spend time with you friends. All of these are great reasons to attend trauma counseling. Through working closely with a counselor, you can learn to cope with these trauma and PTSD symptoms when they come up. You’ll also be able to talk through what happened to you in a safe, compassionate space. It is possible to regain control over your life and move forward. Counseling can help.
Online Addiction Treatment in South Carolina
You’ve thought about cutting down on your drinking, but you’re still functioning so it doesn’t seem like a big deal. In fact, you could probably cut down if you really needed to. But the bottom line is that substance (alcohol, nicotine, pills, marijuana, other drugs) help you cope. Your life is really stressful and sometimes you need something to take the edge off.
Synergy eTherapy offers substance abuse counseling online in the state of South Carolina. We have therapists licensed to provide online therapy in South Carolina who can help you find new ways to deal with all of that stress in your life. If you are ready to find new, healthy ways of coping with stress, e-counseling can help. If you are ready to cut down on your substance use but want some support, our online counselors in South Carolina are here to help. Or if you have decided that you are ready to really focus on your mental health and take better care of yourself; counseling can help.
Online Counseling for College Students in South Carolina
College can be a stressful time in almost anyone’s life. You are trying to figure
out who you are in the world and what you want from your future. You want to get the most out of your college experience, but half the time you just feel lost. You’re trying to figure out who you are, what you want and how to form lasting relationships with others.
Online therapy is a great fit for college students. It’s easy to fit a counseling session in between classes and you don’t have to worry about transportation off campus. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about who might see you walking into a campus counseling center.
Begin Online Therapy in South Carolina
Are you ready to begin online counseling and live in South Carolina? We’d love to help! You can begin counseling services with three simple steps:
- Contact Synergy eTherapy.
- Meet with one of our online therapists.
- Begin working on the issues that matter most to you!
Other Mental Health Services at Synergy eTherapy
As an online counseling practice, our mission is to offer a variety of online mental health therapy services to help you focus on you. We take the stress out of getting the treatment you deserve with our flexible, convenient, and easy to use mental health services. We offer online therapy in several states including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, New York, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, California, & Georgia with new states added to our list on a regular basis. Depending on the therapist you see, we can offer help with anxiety, trauma, depression, substance abuse, medical conditions and more. Our therapists help teens, college students, adults and couples. In addition, we are able to offer psychiatric medication management in some locations. Getting help doesn’t have to be complicated. Online counseling may be the answer you’ve been looking for.