Online access to treatment is certainly the direction technology has been leading us
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) July 26, 2011
My Life Assistant, an online counseling and therapy website with therapists worldwide, announced the launch of its website that gives computer-savvy clients a new way to seek treatment from professional counselors, therapists and life coaches around the world. The site boasts maximum flexibility for scheduling sessions, complete privacy for clients and secure payments for therapists.
“There are a number of people out there who may not be able to or may choose not to seek therapy because they live in a remote area, are too scared or embarrassed to visit with a counselor in person or suffer from an issue so severely it is a difficulty to even leave the house,” says Jim Moustakas, Founder of My Life Assistant. “It for these people and anyone else who needs the flexibility of seeking treatment at any hour of the day, on any day of the week, that I founded My Life Assistant. And after seeing the initial response to our launch it’s clear the demand for online therapy is great.”
My Life Assistant is building a network of qualified counselors who cover a large range of issues and topics, which include lifestyle issues, addictions, relationships, family problems, disorders, personal development, depression and anxiety disorders. When a client seeks help online from a therapist, that person can either schedule an appointment via email or start an immediate video, audio or text chat from the comfort and privacy of a home computer or laptop. Given the global access a client has to counselors, the client can also be more selective to suit his or her needs, budget, schedule or even base their selection on reviews left from previous therapy sessions.
“Online access to treatment is certainly the direction technology has been leading us,” says Jim Moustakas, “especially for the Gen Y users who grew up with many sorts of advanced technology and are now at the age where life may be dealing them a variety of challenges, be it from work, family or relationships.”
A 2002 study from Monash University in Melbourne suggests that people who use online counseling may make their treatment process more efficient than in-person treatment primarily because they tend to be more un-inhibited online than in person.
A few concerns that have been voiced over online therapy are privacy issues related to client data, payment security to therapists for their services, counselor credibility and the ability to maintain a private environment during sessions.
“My Life Assistant takes all aspects of users' privacy very seriously, from the security of client information to ensuring that payment to therapists is fast and dependable,” explains Jim Moustakas. “From a client’s point of view, one potential concern they may have about online therapy is validation that their counselor is fully qualified to help them. And therapists want to know that they will be paid for their services in a timely manner. We’ve addressed all these concerns.”
My Life Assistant requires a multi-step sign-up process and background check for all counselors wishing to offer their service on the website. This includes a reference check, qualification check, telephone, address, email verification and providing a copy of a government-issued identification card or passport. Payments are managed through My Life Assistant and clients can closely monitor their budget during the treatment process, having full control of the amount spent.
To learn more about My Life Assistant and the online treatment options available, visit http://www.mylifeassistant.com. To schedule an interview with Jim Moustakas, you can reach him at +61 458 212 100 or through email at jim(at)moustakas(dot)me.
About My Life Assistant:
My Life Assistant is an online counseling and therapy website that can put a client in contact with qualified therapists from around the world at any time of the day or night. The hectic nature of work-life demands sometimes make it hard to schedule the time needed to deal with life’s challenges. Online counseling services are a great way to overcome the obstacles of time and distance. My Life Assistant is proving to be the best online counseling site in terms of access, privacy and confidentiality.
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