USING THE POWER OF THE COUNSELING RELATIONSHIP TO PROVIDE UNCONVENTIONAL INSIGHT FOR YOUR NEXT STEP
Author: Imei Hsu
Imei Hsu is a mental health counselor, active retired RN, writer, triathlete and arts promoter in the Seattle area and through online services. With 25+ years in healthcare (17+ years in mental health), Imei has a commitment to helping people discover insight into their health, relationships, and connecting. She is the owner of Seattle Direct Counseling and the blog, a presenter and speaker on a variety of psychological topics, and a positive force on the Internet. Her first book, "Designing Your Practice: An Artist's Approach to Building Your Small Business" is due for publication (2017); she is also launching her personal project, My Allergy Advocate, in late fall 2017. Imei is an Ironman Finisher Mont-Tremblant August 2016; she finished her first ultramarathon on April 23 2017. You can find her running everywhere and eating all the things.
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.
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.
Back in January 2017, I alluded to some new changes to the way Seattle Direct Counseling would do business. I knew informing my current client community would take a couple of months to begin getting the word out and discussing those changes, and now the time has come to broadcast the exciting news.