FaceTime Session

Technology is changing the way I “do” therapy at Seattle Direct Counseling It allows me multiple ways to help my clients, especially when face-to-face (F2F) meetings are not possible. Such situations arise when clients live far away, are on travel or vacation, or when family members that need to be included in a session do not live nearby. I can also see this being helpful in a teleconferencing situation when a client needs hospital treatment in another city, yet wishes to connect with his or her therapist/coach, such as when a client is present at the death of a loved one, or is undergoing surgery.

The advancements in technology are so striking, health conferences have dedicated entire tracks to its impact. Health 2.0 October 7-8, 2010 kicked off with a health hackathon on October 2, 2010, rewarding innovators to come up with new applications, programs, and means to give patients more control over their healthcare, or to assist helping professionals to provide better care through things like mobile tracking, resources such as better access to prescription drug databases, and innovations in healthcare delivery.

See how I’m making connections with more people through the use of new technologies such as FaceTime:

FaceTime is a Wi-Fi platform that allows iPhone 4 users (and soon, Android users!) to conduct a coaching or counseling session as if you are in the same room. It functions much like Tiny Talk or Skype, and it works on your mobile device. Rather than bringing your laptop somewhere, your phone allows you to create a virtual office with a Wi-Fi connection.

I understand FaceTime will be added to other mobile devices with front-facing cameras, such as a tablet or the new iPad to be released sometime in 2011. But until then, it’s available on the iPhone 4OS, and if you mention that you read this here on my website, I will give you a free 15 minute coaching session, or a free 30 minute counseling consultation.

Look who else is taking advantage of FaceTime:

Cat Does Not Want – photo credit Imei Hsu and CP.

Already, some of my current clients have converted F2F sessions to FaceTime sessions out of sheer convenience or because of travel. Before conducting any session, I will explain to you the limitations and the risks of using electronic transmissions of any kind in the counseling/coaching session, and you’ll sign an informed consent document absolving me from all liability regarding confidentiality, as confidentiality via electronic transmission cannot be fully guaranteed.

In my private practice, I do everything within my responsibility to provide confidential space. The Internet cannot ensure absolute privacy; therefore, we will take precautions, including my insistence that no recording be made of sessions.


    Back To Flu (And Cold) Season

    Every year at the end of August, you can hear the patter of little feet trudging back to school. There’s the groan of pocketbooks as parents shell out money for new clothes and school supplies. Kids and parents discuss school menus, and everyone tries to figure out how to keep butts in chairs when there just aren’t enough hours in the day to let active kids stretch their legs long enough and still finish all the homework left on their memory sticks. Parents brace themselves against the inevitable school viruses that come back with their kids to the house, and parents wonder how they will keep those illnesses from spreading to their co-workers like wildfire. This is back-to-school season.

    Too bad there isn’t a McAFee for human bodies.


      Kids and Divorce

      Go to any bookstore or library, and you will see a plethora of resources on how to conduct, survive, execute, and recover from a divorce. However, there aren’t as many good resources on the topic of kids and divorce. Video Nurse takes a look at an article on the Mayo Clinic on the topic, to help those of you who are divorcing and have children.

      I noticed there are some great books for younger children to help parents broach the topic of divorce, addressing a younger child’s propensity to believe the breakup has to do with him or her, and talking about the fears young children may have about what will happen to their parents as well as where they will live. There aren’t so many books just for older children or teens, and certainly even less for young adults. Many of the adult children of divorce are still figuring out how our parents’ divorces affected us, and how the positive and negative outcomes play out in our own relationships. Parents themselves may be trying to figure out how the law affects their children, yet are also emotionally conflicted about the decisions their older children will make in regards to who they will live with.

      Video Nurse invites you to share your stories. You can send offline comments to, or leave a public response on the website, or on Youtube on my channel Yourlilchinagirl. If you wish your story to be shared, please write the words, “I give my permission to share my story.” If you are under 18, you will need to get permission from your parents to share a story where names of people are identified.