(PRWEB) October 25, 2004
LetsTalkCounseling.com is an online interactive, secure counseling site that allows both counselors and clients to meet in total confidentiality using the Internet. ÂOne of the greatest assets of the Internet is its communication properties. It was only a matter of time before it was used for clinical communication,Â said Art Cooksey (President/CEO of Lets Talk Interactive, Inc.).
ÂDue to recent health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare reinbursement CPT code - #0074T there are many Mental Health Care Professionals who are thinking about offering online counseling services. LetsTalkCounseling.com is the first to offer it live, online, with a licensed professional, using secure video/audio technology,Â said Cooksey. Lets Talk Counseling is presently the only such resource.
LetsTalkCounseling.com allows clients to receive counseling from the comfort of their own home, in a confidential environment, at a more affordable price than traditional counseling. ÂThe ability to offer counseling more affordably by no means makes it less effective. When a therapist no longer has to pay for office space, a clinical staff, utilities, and etc. he/she can lower their prices. We have given them the ability to do just that. This way more people can receive the counseling they need,Â said Cooksey.
LetsTalkCounseling.com offers secure e-mail counseling, secure chat-room counseling, and secure audio/video Cyber-counseling (where the therapist and client can view and hear one another). By offering so many different types of online counseling, therapists are able to provide counseling via a means that is preferential to the client. LetsTalkCounseling.comÂs software and services are HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act) compliant, which makes it the first complete tele-mental health delivery system of its kind. Some clients/consumers will prefer to start out with e-mail counseling and work their way up to video/audio counseling. ÂThe goal of LetsTalkCounseling.com is to meet people where they are at and provide a counseling area for them that makes them feel comfortable and is therapeutic,Â said Dr. Michael Meyer (VP of Lets Talk Interactive, Inc.).
LetsTalkCounseling.com has psychologists, therapists, and counselors that specialize in anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, grief/loss, pornography and general addictions, career profiling, phobias, etc. There are counselors located throughout the US and Canada and their numbers are growing every day. Psychologists, Therapists, and Counselors see LetsTalkCounseling.com as the only ethical solution to counseling online and are signing up in eager numbers. ÂThere is no where else online that therapists can interact with clients using secure audio/video technology. When it comes down to it, as we all know, body language is important and if you canÂt read it then you might be missing out on a large part of the session,Â said Cooksey.
Although LetsTalkCounseling.com does charge a minimal fee for many of its services, they also allow counselors opportunities to advertise their services at no charge. LetsTalkCounseling.com is dedicated to providing a mental health resource that is affordable and at the cutting edge of online communication. At the same time, LetsTalkCounseling.com offers many free services for people seeking tele-mental health counseling or advice. LetsTalkCounseling.com offers a free virtual resource for people researching mental health issues.
When asked about benefits, Dr. James Weaver, advisory member of Lets Talk Counseling says: "Online counseling has been a great benefit to both myself and the clients. I have been contacted by clients who previously had felt barriers to accessing counseling. It is very rewarding to serve clients who live rurally or remotely, clients who are unable to travel because of agoraphobia, physical disability, or travel phobia and clients who have paranoia about going into a local office. Several attorneys who represent injured parties have felt it an important enough service to assist their clients with the technology to access video conferencing sessions. For me it is a way to help un-served and underserved people and to keep a continuity of care when I am away from my office. With my laptop I can provide services from wherever I can get securely online access. I also have been able to share my expertise with other professionals around the globe through online supervision groups.
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