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.