Volume II Issue 1

THE PULSE

Using Online Therapy to Achieve a Life Dream

by Karen Richards, LMFT

My husband and I have a dream. After the kids leave for college, we dream of living a slower paced life out on the Olympic Peninsula. There’s not a lot of jobs out there, and so we’ll be looking to do work via the internet. In my case, that means offering online therapy. I’ve long been interested in offering online therapy, but have yet to take the plunge. Our dream is just the motivation I need. It’s my business goal to have half my sessions be via online therapy within next 1-3 years.

Perhaps many of you have also toyed with offering online therapy, or maybe your practice already incorporates it. Online therapy offer benefits for clients and clinicians.

  • Increased flexibility for clients means that rural clients have access to more clinicians, increasing the chance of finding that right fit.
  • It means that busy professionals can block off just one hour on their schedule, rather than adding travel time to and from an office, making a mid-day session more feasible.
  • It means that parents can attend therapy without having to get childcare because they can stay at home.

All that flexibility means more clients for clinicians, as well as increased life options, like my Olympic Peninsula dream.

I expect to spend the next year figuring out how to do this. I’ll be looking at the legal, technical, social, business, and clinical aspects. Through my articles in The Pulse, I’ll my discoveries. I don’t intend for this to be a primer on how it should be done. Nor will it be a comprehensive review of any of the categories I mention above. Instead, it will simply be my journey and what works for my practice.

I invite you to write in and make this a conversation. Tell me what you’ve already done and discovered if you’re ahead of me. Ask questions or make comments if you’re behind me.

Let’s journey together.

Karen Richards is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Kirkland, WA. She works with couples and individuals to help them have profound and meaningful relationships. She has been in private practice since 2008. Prior to that, she had a successful career in technology, working as a Systems Analyst and a Webmaster. She currently lives in Kirkland, WA with her husband, step-teenagers, and her canine co-therapist, Boomer. Contact information can be found at www.krtherapy.com.

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