If you are in crisis please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
Welcome to eTalktome! Our passion is making quality therapy available to as many people as possible. First and foremost, we encourage everyone to get the mental health care they need. Good mental health can improve your quality of life. We are BIG fans of traditional therapy. But for many common conditions, video works just as well. Sometimes better. For example, video may work better for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and sleep issues. With an estimated 16 million people in the U.S. suffering from depression, we want to anything we can to increase access to care. Whatever the issue, the best mode of counseling is the one you show up for.
We created eTalktoMe to give you access to quality therapists. Therapists willing to meet you on your terms. We are also giving therapists a fair place to list their practices. Our directory contains only licensed professional therapists. And all of them have made a commitment to online counseling.
What is Online Therapy?
It is simply talk-therapy where you and your therapist are in different places. Typically you use a secure video link via a mobile app or website similar to FaceTime or Skype. While video most common, many counselors offer additional means of connecting such as text messaging and email. The addition of chat sessions to phone or video can help with quick check-ins. And there’s always a good old-fashioned phone call. Most people love skipping the trip to the therapist’s office. Plus there’s no time wasted in the waiting room.
Video can be just as effective as face to face for many issues. That’s why a group of states have recently mandated that insurers cover tele-health services. Mental health services are included in that mandate. As a result, most major insurers have started covering it. If you have insurance, you can filter our directory to find a therapist who takes your insurance. After that the therapist can confirm your coverage for you. Or you can call or check your insurer’s website to see if your plan covers “tele-health” by mental health professionals associated with your plan.
The same emergency guidelines that apply to face-to-face counseling apply to tele-therapy. As a result, in a mental health emergency you should call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), or go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.
Why Online Counseling Might Be a Great Fit for You:
What People love About Online!
Curious, but Intimidated by Technology?
We get that, but Online Counseling is REALLY EASY!
Please don’t let the word “online” scare you. Because it’s a just catch-all term for video, voice, instant messaging, and email and can be any or all of those things. It’s whatever works for YOU.
Therapists are not the most technical crowd…
So, if we can get comfortable with the technology then the chances are really good that you can too! Really, if you can FaceTime, WhatsApp, or Skype, you can do video counseling.
Still feeling nervous about technology? Don’t worry. Let any of our online therapists know your concerns. And they are likely to offer you a free video consultation to help make you more comfortable. Typically, tele-therapists provide a secure web link. And you just click on the link to initiate a video session. That means that there’s:
No technology learning curve for you!
Many of our therapists also have an office for face to face sessions. So if you want periodic office sessions it is easy to find a therapist who provides both. The whole goal of eTalktoMe is to make you comfortable in counseling, whatever format works for you. Please speak up with your potential therapist and they will try to address any concerns you may have.
Why did we start this project? We are not trying to compete with the two leading online therapy platforms. We just want to help.
First off, there’s a lot of really scary stuff going on in the world right now. It’s hard to make it through 24 hours without an anxiety-creating headline. Face-to-face, video, text, phone… The way you receive therapy is less important than just having access to a qualified therapist. If we make therapy accessible to even one person, this project is worth it.
Second, we don’t like that the big guys discourage you from picking your own therapist (and from using insurance if you’ve got it). We also don’t like that they pass less than half of what they collect from you through to the therapists you work with. We just match you with a good therapist and then step out of the way so the two of you can get to work.
Finally, we don’t think you should have to pay in advance each month for therapy – whether you use it or not. That’s what the big guys make you do.
What's Different About eTalktoMe?
There’s no big company behind eTalktoMe. We really are just Two Dogs and a Therapist – which explains why our website is not super-fancy. We built the eTalktoMe website so you can easily find a therapist licensed in your state, whose profile resonates with you. You can also filter based on insurance, therapist specialty, and more. And we are proud to be able to say that 100% of any session fees you pay stay with your therapist.
This site is a work in progress and we will keep working to improve it. We welcome any feedback you may have for us. To send us a note, just click on Contact in the footer of any page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
If it's "online" why does it matter what state I live in?
Each state has its own therapist licensing board(s). The state board licenses therapists to counsel clients residing in that state, subject to an ethics code. So if you live in Texas, only therapists licensed in Texas can provide online counseling to you. This may change in the future.
How effective is distance counseling?
The results of distance counseling mirror those of in-person counseling for many common issues. It may take a session or two for you to get comfortable with the video link. After that you likely won’t even notice it.
Does my insurance cover tele-health?
The trend is toward insurers covering tele-health. Therapists with your insurer can check your coverage. Or you can check with your insurer to see what your tele-health benefits are. Not all therapists accept insurance. Those who do not typically provide you with “superbills”. A “superbill” is a receipt you provide to your insurer for reimbursement. Also, some therapists offer a “sliding scale” for clients. Meaning that if insurance does not apply the therapist may offer a reduced rate.
Is video counseling right for everyone?
Tele-therapy is not right for every person or every issue. If you are suffering from suicidal thoughts, need more help than 1 or 2 hours a week, or are too young (tween or younger), office therapy may be more appropriate for you. Our therapists will consult with you before taking you on as a client to help you make this determination. Many of our therapists also offer face to face therapy, too. If an issue is an emergency then you should call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), or go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.
Does video therapy work with depression?
Video and even text therapy can be effective when working with depressive symptoms. Some people with depressive symptoms prefer video counseling to traditional face to face. They prefer the comfort of their own home. Plus there’s no struggle with finding motivation to physically get to the session. Please feel free to talk with a therapist about what is right for you.
I’m scared of technology... will I be able to do online counseling?
Technology can be daunting and overwhelming. Most video platforms used in therapy are just a link for you to click. No need to download or install anything. Your comfort is key to good therapy. Most therapists will offer a free 15 minute video consultation. And if they don’t offer, you can ask. The consultation will help you get comfortable with the technology. Then you can make an informed decision on whether online is right for you.
Some of the therapist profiles say "Intern", what does that mean?
All “Verified by eTalktoMe” therapists are board certified by one or more states. You may see the term “Intern” (or “Associate”) in a therapist’s profile. These are therapists who have completed their formal education and have been licensed by the state. They will be Interns until they have completed several thousand hours of supervised clinical work. Interns may be a lower cost option for budget-minded clients.
How do I pick the right therapist?
We suggest you contact a few different therapists from the directory before picking one. The therapist is just as interested ensuring a good fit as you are. For this reason, they will likely provide you with a brief free consultation. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. Picking a therapist is a personal decision. Don’t feel a good fit with a particular therapist? Keep looking. The right therapist for you is out there.
Do I have to live in the United States?
We are starting with the goal of making therapy more accessible for United States residents and US expatriates around the world. We will expand to other countries/languages if we think we can help.
Still Have Questions?
We created eTalktoMe.com to educate people about online counseling and help connect them with quality therapists. As we said above, we are BIG fans of face to face counseling. Our mom has a thriving face to face practice. But it’s also true that connected counseling removes some practical barriers that keep people from seeking help. We want you to get help in whatever way works for you. That’s because the therapy that’s most effective is therapy that you are comfortable with. And that’s what has the best chance to improve your quality of life. If you have any questions that aren’t covered in our FAQ, please Contact Us.
If we can answer a question that makes you comfortable starting therapy (even if it’s not at eTalktoMe), that’s our good deed for the day.
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