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Laura Burlingame Lee

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What is your go-to approach for online therapy?

My approach to online therapy is nearly identical to my approach to individual therapy. My go-to approach for online therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). I find these beneficial because clients can see results fairly quickly and the work is tailored specifically to meet emotional needs and reduce symptoms. However, I'm also exploring internal family systems (IFS) for the recognition of facets of who we are and why we are stronger or weaker at times depending on history, environment, and personality.

What tools do you teach in online therapy?

I teach the following tools in online therapy:

  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Working with and challenging negative thought processes
  • Coping and distress tolerance skills
  • Communication/interpersonal effectiveness skill
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Mindfulness skills
  • Creative/artistic expressive therapy techniques

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in online therapy?

I know that clients are making progress in online therapy when they report feeling more comfortable in managing symptoms and situations that were previously overwhelming and when they report feeling more confident and liking themselves more.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement online therapy?

Clients can supplement time in online therapy by journaling, practicing the techniques we discuss, gently challenging themselves to move out of their comfort zones, and most of all, participating fully in creating the life they want and love.

What should someone do to prepare for starting online therapy?

To prepare for your first therapy session, you can create a list of your medications, write down what you hope to achieve in therapy, and what works/doesn't work for you in therapy (if you know).

Starting Online therapy

What is online therapy?

With Thriveworks, Online therapy is an effective alternative to in-person therapy services in which a client can speak to a Thriveworks therapist remotely via online video conferencing. Online sessions are just as effective as in-person treatment, but they can also provide added benefits like reduced travel time, saving money on transportation or childcare, and increased access to care.

How does online therapy work?

Online therapy works much like traditional in-person therapy but takes place through secure video conferencing. Clients can attend Online therapy from any safe place they choose that has access to the internet, whether that be their home or another easily accessible place. Like in-person treatment, a therapist will work with their client to address their concerns, create goals, and establish an effective treatment plan.

What is the best option for online therapy?

There is no best option for online therapy—instead, it’s best to focus on finding a provider that meets your specific needs and with whom you can form a professional connection with.

Is online therapy just as effective?

Yes, online therapy is just as effetive for many clients as in-person sessions.

How long does online therapy last?

Online therapy can last for a few months to years depending on the goals and symptoms of the client. The treatment process will be unique to each client and lend itself to their specific concerns, which means that the time it takes to treat them will always be different. Timing is also up to the client themselves; they are free to stop therapy whenever they please, especially if they feel they have reached their goals and addressed their concerns.

How much does online therapy cost?

Our Thriveworks therapists at Thriveworks in Meridian, ID accept most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Need more help deciding?

For her entire life, Taylor wanted nothing more than to blend into the crowd. And while she thought things would get better after she finally graduated high school and got away from her criticizing peers, she realized that the adult world wasn’t much different. Between the pressures of maintaining popularity on social media, trying to overcome relationship issues, struggling with an eating disorder, and working nonstop overtime to make ends meet, her emotions were all over the place.

Taylor has never attended therapy before, so she’s not sure how helpful it would be. She also doesn’t really have the time in her busy schedule to book an in-person therapy session, let alone make regular office visits.

If this sounds at all like you, online counseling may be a convenient option to get treated from the comfort of your home. Online therapy is very much like traditional counseling in many ways. Our licensed mental health professionals are committed to helping you manage your emotions, feel more comfortable, and find healing in your daily life.

Here is what you need to know about online counseling at Thriveworks in Meridian, ID.

What Types of Therapy Are Offered Online?

A common misconception about online therapy is that only certain things can be treated this way. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most kinds of counseling that can be provided in a physical office can also be squared away by virtual means.

Here is a list of counseling services offered virtually in Meridian:

  • Marriage counseling and couples therapy
  • Depression therapy and anxiety therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Family and child therapy
  • PTSD counseling and trauma therapy
  • Anger and stress management
  • Life coaching and career counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Career counseling

How Does Online Therapy Work?

Even if you’ve never taken part in mental health services before, we make the process easy and straightforward. When you become a Thriveworks client, you will begin working with a licensed mental health professional to sort through any mental health concerns that you might be experiencing.

Therapists often use psychotherapy, or talk therapy, as a way of connecting with clients to figure out what factors contribute to their predicament. You might discuss your childhood, your current concerns, and the people in your life. You may also be faced with questions that will give you better insight into yourself and how your outlook on life is affecting the way you feel. And of course, you will be given free rein to speak about whatever is on your mind.

Some mental health issues require medication for treatment. If you are suffering from a mental health concern that requires medication, your doctor will be able to write you a prescription just as if you were in the room together. For many clients, the only true difference between traditional therapy and online therapy is the means of communication.

One of the most popular techniques to bridge the distance gap is through video conferencing. Live video chats make it possible for you and your therapist to meet on a face-to-face basis without having to travel to a physical space. This helps nurture a strong connection, and by being able to see your facial expressions and gestures, our Meridian online counselors will be able to get to know you better.

However, if you prefer phone calls or your connection doesn’t allow for video communication, our licensed professional counselors are also comfortable treating clients by phone. If you need guidance in between sessions, our licensed therapists are also accessible by phone or email throughout the week.

Schedule an Online Counseling Session at Thriveworks in Meridian, ID

If you’re ready to address your mental health concerns from the comfort of your home, online therapy services from Thriveworks can be a great place to start. We accept most major health insurance plans and offer flexible scheduling options, including hours on evenings and weekends. Plus, clients can meet with a licensed counselor within 24 hours of reaching out to our team.

Thriveworks clients also get access to a number of benefits. Text message support is available for billing and scheduling questions, as is our Therapy Buddy app to supplement your healing journey in between sessions. We also provide access to moderated community discussion boards and give clients a copy of our eBook on recovering from depression.

At Thriveworks in Meridian, ID, finding a therapist is easy. We are committed to getting you the help you need. Reach out to our licensed professionals to see what online therapy can do for you.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Meridian therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross of Idaho | BCBS

  • BrightPath

  • BrightPath Medicare Advantage

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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I have been meeting with Matt for almost 2 years now, and he's helped me get in touch with myself and understand who I am, as well as provided great tools to apply to my life for future improvement and coping. I have benefited greatly from my regular meetings with Matt and I can't speak highly enough about him as a counselor and psychological mentor.
Read more I have been meeting with Matt for almost 2 years now, and he's helped me get in touch with myself and understand who I am, as well as provided great tools to apply to my life for future improvement and coping. I have benefited greatly from my regular meetings with Matt and I can't speak highly enough about him as a counselor and psychological mentor.
Meridian Jan 2022
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Meridian is located at 26 S Baltic Pl Suite 150, Meridian, ID 83642, off E. Franklin Rd.

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(208) 504-1377

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