A Tale of Technology and Connection

A Tale of Technology (and Connection)

You might not have been around when phones came with long cords so you could drag them from room to room. Technology changed all that, and then some. Read about my recent experience with upgrading to new technology and changing with the times. Photo from Pixabay, no attribution needed.

Do you get nostalgic when it comes time to replace or discard old technology? Have you ever been caught off-guard by your own feelings when you encounter old tech and gadgets? And does your answer have anything to do with counseling?

When I celebrated my 50th birthday,  friends fêted me with a party that included homemade, allergen-free food, and reminders of my childhood. including an electronic memory game called, Simon.  Soon, I was reminiscing about everything from rotary phones with exceptionally long telephone cords to the different PC models that would have been the backdrop of every geeky kid’s experience in America.  Where were you when the TRS-80 (later called the Model I) was revealed on August 3, 1977? Continue reading “A Tale of Technology and Connection”

    If You Build It Will They Come

     

    I’m still here (and not just a hologram)! Read more about the transition from an office to online and telephonic counseling.

    The line from the movie, Field of Dreams, is:

    If you build it, they will come.

    Yet I admit, up until last week, I did not know for sure if the line was true. I stated it as a question, “If you build it, will they come?”

    For the last couple of years, I prepared for a transition from a stand-alone, brick-and-mortar private practice office that provided supervision for new therapists, counseling and coaching services, and a sub-speciality in autoimmune and chronic disease support, into an online and telephonic practice that would allow others to access services from different time zones, and free me to travel where I am needed. Supervision of new therapists earning hours towards licensure would also happen over the Internet and phone.

    Two weeks ago, I worked furiously to pack up the office, donate some of the furniture, and begin to set up a home office base. I bid my office farewell, and yes, I did shed a few tears.

    The home business license arrived in time, the movers came and moved my furniture and boxes, and I took a little time to put my head into a Half Ironman distance race in the beginning of June.

    You might be wondering if the movie quote is true. Read on to find out.

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      What To Look for In A Telehealth Therapist

      When looking for a distance provider, also known as a telehealth provider, do you know what to look for? Here’s my quick-tip guide. Photo: screen capture of the nation’s most popular therapist search engine.

      Starting June 2017,  Seattle Direct Counseling services will transition from 20% telehealth services (online and phone) to 100% telehealth (not counting presentations, interviews and podcasts, and email communications). This transition begs the question, “What should I look for in a telehealth therapist?”

      Here is my short list of things you should look for when seeking a therapist who uses telehealth options as their primary way of delivering mental health and coaching services using accepted technological platforms and devices.

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