As our world gets increasingly spread out and complicated, finding a therapist and the time to meet can be daunting. Fortunately, technology has allowed us to become interconnected, despite distance, and has provided therapists with the means to meet the needs of those suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and anxiety spectrum disorders all over the world.
Online therapy, or teletherapy, helps meet the needs of people seeking treatment in our modern world. Because OCD requires specialized treatment, not all therapists are trained in the appropriate treatment. However, I have extensive experience treating all subtypes of OCD, and the full spectrum of anxiety disorders. This includes Dermatillomania (Compulsive Skin Picking) and Trichotillomania (Compulsive Hair Pulling), using Teletherapy.
Just like traditional face-to-face counseling, Teletherapy will include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and mindfulness-based approaches. Research shows time and time again that Teletherapy is just as effective as traditional individual therapy for OCD and anxiety spectrum disorders.
In some ways, online therapy offers several advantages over face to face therapy. Online therapy offers the possibility of doing in-home sessions when traveling may be unreasonable for the therapist. Teletherapy allows more convenient times to meet as clients can meet at their home or office. Additionally, online therapy can provide greater anonymity for those sensitive or hesitant about going to a therapist’s office in-person.
Online therapy can uniquely benefit those who have/ are:
- Living in a country without a qualified treatment specialist.
- Living in select states who have been unable to find a local OCD specialist.
- Homebound as a result of their anxiety symptoms.
- Unable to travel due to medical limitations.
- Routinely travel for work
- Busy work schedule that impairs their ability to come to consistent in-office meetings.
- Live or work in a rural area far from a treatment provider.
California and Beyond
As a licensed therapist in California, I am able to meet with anyone within the state via online teletherapy. This is especially helpful to those in more rural areas, such as Northern California and California’s Central Valley where OCD and anxiety specialists are more difficult to find. Of course, a great many clients living in highly populated cities, such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento, struggle to find a therapist with whom they feel comfortable working. Online therapy allows them a wider pool of therapists from which to choose.
For people looking for an online therapist in Montana, I am also fully licensed in the state and can work without session limit with anyone in Montana. Unfortunately, Montana has only a few therapists who specialize in OCD and anxiety treatment, so online therapy may be a helpful and convenient option.
Lastly, there are a few states that allow limited online counseling. Several states have added provisions to their laws that allow for online therapy, however each state is different and has their own requirements and limitations. These states include:
Online Therapy For International Clients
Similarly, international clients interested in working with me via teletherapy should call or email to discuss any limitations to treatment. Unfortunately, many international treatment seekers are unable to find a specialized OCD and anxiety spectrum disorder therapist in their country or province. These people then seek treatment from local therapists who do not practice evidence-based treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), are unaware of the nuances of OCD symptoms, or simply have never treated anyone with these disorders.
For over a decade, I have successfully worked with local and international clients using online video-chat technology. I am well well versed with and comfortable using online treatment to effectively treat anxiety spectrum disorders and all OCD subtypes.
If you are interested in beginning teletherapy, or would like more information, please contact me. I will be happy to discuss whether teletherapy is right for your individual needs.
The California OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center offers specialized therapy for Existential OCD in its Fullerton offices. In addition to serving North Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire, CalOCD offers online therapy, group therapy, and Intensive Out-Patient treatment.
12 thoughts on “Online Therapy”
Hi, I’m currently in the united kingdom suffering from ocd, would your able to provide online therapy to me and what are your fees please? Thanks, Amy.
Hi Amy. I would be able to meet with you for online therapy in the UK! To talk more about teletherapy, or to set something up, please email me at Kevin@CalOCD.com.
Hi there my names Nathan Allsopp I’m from the UK and suffer from ocd I’m running out of options and really need help can you provide online therapy with me in the uk also I’m moving to Canada soon does this apply for Canada too.
Thanks Nathan Allsopp
Thank you for your message. I am able to work with clients in the UK and Canada via online therapy. If you would like to set up an appointment, please send me a message through the contact form, and I’ll be happy to see if we can find a time to meet.
Hi I suffer from existential ocd and that has taken over my life. I have all of these questions for every little thing. And falling into depression due to this.
Existential OCD is a subtype of OCD that can be effectively treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention. Online therapy may be a great option for you to meet with an experienced therapist to begin working on these obsessions and helping you face your fears through exposure therapy. If you have questions about getting started, feel free to contact me via email or call me at (714) 423-3779.
Good afternoon. My name is Candice and I am suffering from hyperawareness/sensory motor ocd and existential ocd. I am looking for online services.
Any insight is appreciated!
Thanks for reaching out. To learn more about treatment options with The California OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center, please feel free to reach out to me by phone at (714) 423-3779, or by messaging me through the contact page. I will be happy to speak with you about your interest in the program and to discuss how CalOCD can help.
Hello, my daughter suffers from anxiety disorder, and I’d like her to have therapies for it.
Do you accept new client? We’d better have online therapy than office visit due to her schedule.
She’s 18 and high school senior.
Also, it would help me to plan if you give information about the session length and cost. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts PPO.
Thank you very much.
We are accepting new clients, however we are unable to work with anyone in Massachusetts at this time due to laws governing cross-state therapy. While there are some laws that permit limited cross-state therapy, Massachusetts unfortunately is not one of those states that permits this. You could reach out to the International OCD Foundation (www.IOCDF.org) and use their therapist finder tool to find someone local to you. I’m sorry I can’t help you more directly, but hopefully you can find someone there.
Hi Kevin, we are living in HK. My son is suffering scrupulosity. We are Christians and would like to get a Christian therapist that has experience in religious ocd. My son is 15 yrs old. How much would you charge?
Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry to hear your son is struggling with Scrupulosity. While I’d be happy to help, I’m unfortunately not taking on any new international clients at this time. This may change in the future, however I am not at the time of this response. You could reach out to the International OCD Foundation (iocdf.org) to see if they know of anyone in HK who can help. Thanks again for your message, and I hope you find the help you’re seeking!