Wendy thought she had left her eating disorder in the past, specifically back in her sophomore year of high school when she’d last seen a counselor. But lately she’d been experiencing unusually high levels of stress at work and had been frequently arguing with her fiance. She was starting to find temporary relief from those issues by severely restricting her calories. Wendy felt like at least food was something she could control, unlike her fiance’s moods and the unpleasant environment at her job.
But the problem was, the food–or more specifically the absence of food–was actually controlling Wendy. She’d started to spend most of her waking hours thinking about calories and the fat-to-lean-muscle ratios in her body. She was avoiding social events because she didn’t want to be around the temptation of food. When Wendy did eat, she tried to do it in secret. Sometimes she binged on high-calorie foods and then purged in the bathroom afterward. She was starting to feel sick all the time from both the anorexia and the bulimia. What could she do?
Wendy could benefit from seeing an online counselor at Thriveworks in Encinitas, CA. An online counselor could work with her to navigate the underlying psychological issues at play in Wendy’s eating disorder, and help her find healthier coping strategies. Mental health providers at Thriveworks are fully licensed, top-rated, compassionate, and highly qualified to deliver the care and support you may need to overcome obstacles–and they can do it online as well as in-person.
Can I Get Great Counseling Over the Internet?
Because telehealth technology is relatively new, many people had their doubts about online counseling when it first came into vogue. But study after study has shown that online counseling can be just as effective as in-person counseling. Psychotherapists at Thriveworks in Encinitas, CA can use the same evidence-based therapy treatments, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), in virtual appointments as they can in the office. In addition to its efficacy, online counseling provides numerous other benefits like the following:
- Can save you time and money because you might not need to hire babysitters, take off work, or travel far in order to attend your sessions.
- Can give you more scheduling options for appointments, like evenings and weekends.
- Can make it easier to get everyone in the same place at the same time for family or couples therapy.
- Allows you to talk comfortably in your own familiar surroundings.
- Allows you to meet with your counselor even if you’re traveling for work or pleasure.
- Allows you and your therapist to meet even if you worry about spreading germs or viruses.
- Allows you to meet with your therapist even if you’re suffering from acute symptoms of anxiety or depression, making it hard to leave home.
- Helps individuals in rural communities access the mental health services they need and deserve.
- Avoids the waiting room.
- Takes place over a secure, HIPAA-compliant connection enabled by top-of-the-line telehealth technology.
Even major health insurance companies recognize the lasting psychological benefits of online counseling. Online sessions at Thriveworks in Encinitas, CA are generally affordable because they are covered by medical insurance.
Can I See a Psychiatrist Online at Thriveworks in Encinitas, CA?
You can definitely book an online session with a licensed, experienced psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Encinitas, CA. Psychiatrists can help diagnose mental conditions, prescribe medication like antidepressants and mood stabilizers, and manage your medication(s). If you don’t know whether you need to see a psychiatrist or not, don’t worry. The expert team at Thriveworks can help match you to the right mental health provider. Our providers are all colleagues, thus a counselor can refer you to a psychiatrist if necessary, and vice versa.
What Can an Online Counselor Treat?
An online counselor at Thriveworks in Encinitas, CA can generally treat any issues or conditions, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, marriage or family conflicts, stress, and more. If you are underage or suffering from acute symptoms, however, we recommend that you make your appointment in-person at one of our brick and mortar locations. In the long-term, you and your therapist can decide together on what kind of treatment works best for you: online, in-person, or a fusion of both.
Discover the Many Benefits of Online Counseling by Calling Thriveworks in Encinitas, CA
Our online counselors and psychiatrists are often available to meet with you as soon as 24-48 hours after you call the Thriveworks office in Encinitas, CA. In addition to same- or next-day appointments, our mental health providers are accessible to their clients by phone and email between sessions. When you enroll at Thriveworks, you benefit from our generous, ultra-flexible cancellation policy, our Ask-a-Coach 24hr Q&A, and our Therapy Buddy app. But best of all, you know you’re getting the most exceptional psychological support available in the San Diego area. Call today to find your future online counselor, and begin the process of reclaiming your happiness.