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How to find the best online therapist for you: Online therapy with Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama.

Here are 3 Tips to get the most from your online therapy experience:

1. to find the best online therapist for you do your homework.

Every therapist is different and we base how we practice therapy on many different theories. 

Different types of therapy have been proven most effective for different types of issues. 

Acceptance Commitment Therapy, a therapy method scientifically proven to be effective for treatment of anxiety and depression, is the type of therapy practiced by Kathryn at Empower Counseling.

In study after study, results showed that Acceptance Commitment Therapy is one of the most effective methods to help clients suffering from the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Empower Counseling using ACT for anxiety counseling to help you pull away from anxiety and depression and begin enjoying life again, with clarity and purpose.

2. Talk to your friends.

Talk to people you know and search websites to find candidates who specialize in the type of issue you are experiencing. 

If you were having heart problems you would find a cardiologist, not a pediatrician. 

If you are having anxiety, find a counselor who specializes in anxiety. Counselors, just like doctors and lawyers, can not specialize in helping every person with every type of issue. 

Find a counselor who spends her time focusing on the issue that you are experiencing. 

3. Interview.

Spending time on the front end before you even begin counseling, can help you assure that you find a counselor who is the best fit for you. 

I am not talking about an hour long interview process. Just call your potential therapist and engage in a short telephone conversation to get a feel for what it is like for you to talk to this person.

Research has shown that the quality of the relationship between you and your counselor (the “therapeutic alliance,” as it is called) is the strongest predictor of whether or not therapy is successful.

Find several counselors in your area or state. Online counseling offers you a larger pool of counselors to choose from because you are not restricted to your area.

Reach out to a few of these counselors and have conversations on the phone with each. Being comfortable with and trusting your therapist will go a long way to helping you accomplish your therapy goals.

Once you find the therapist that is the best fit for you, the therapist should strive to make your online counseling experience as fruitful as in-person therapy. 

It is not your job to address the challenges of online therapy. If your counselor is not being 100% professional, it is your prerogative to find another counselor who is. Hopefully by doing your homework ahead of time and talking to potential counselors via phone, you will find a counselor who is capable of providing a online therapy experience that is every bit as helpful as in-person therapy.

Acceptance Commitment Therapy has been found to be effective for online therapy.

Empower Counseling specializes in anxiety counseling using Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

Empower provides online and in-person counseling for Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia, Hoover and other surrounding areas in Birmingham and the entire state of Alabama. 

Empower Counseling has many clients who are college students. Being a college student right now is tough. It is a difficult transition in the best of times. If you are a college student struggling right now, reach out to Empower for online or in-person counseling and talk to Kathryn.

Empower Counseling offers other services at our Birmingham area counseling clinic. Kathryn specializes in using Acceptance Commitment Therapy in anxiety counseling for teens, college students, young adults, and professionals.

Reach out to Kathryn at Empower Counseling today 205-730-6570.

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