Sharon R. McMahon, M. A., L.P.C.
Masters in Clinical Psychology, Trinity University
Licensed Professional Counselor #10772
On Line Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation Services
Many of my clients are very familiar with my work and reputation as an educational diagnostician. As many are aware, I also offer online therapy to clients ages 10 to adult. I have been doing online therapy since 2020 and with these three years of experience in doing online therapy, I am keenly aware of benefits of doing therapy online.
Online therapy offers an alternative to traditional in-person therapy, allowing people to access psychological care from the comfort of their own home. Research has show It provides the same benefits as traditional therapy, including improved mental and emotional health, increased self-awareness, and improved communication skills. It also offers the convenience of being able to access therapy at any time of day, without having to travel or take time off work or school.
As with my online psychoeducational evaluations, it is important to have the correct equipment -- a fully charged laptop or desktop with webcam and audio connection. High Speed internet (sometimes using your mobile phone hotspot is better than internet) with a bandwidth of at least 10 mbps is recommended for highest quality and to prevent connection issues (google search "internet speed test" to check your wifi). It's always important to check your sound, lighting, and use a comfortable, quiet space. I use professional zoom which I have found to be an excellent video platform.
One model I use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is a model for psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals accept the things they cannot change and commit to making changes in their lives to increase psychological flexibility. It is based on the idea that mindful acceptance and commitment to valued goals and actions can improve an individual's overall psychological health. ACT works to help individuals become aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they impact their lives. Through this awareness, individuals can then make choices and take action that will lead to positive outcomes. Many of you are aware of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which focuses on changing unhelpful thinking and behavior patterns. It is based on the idea that our thoughts and behaviors affect how we feel and act.
On my home page I have links to an explanation of ACT and videos provided by Dr. Russ Harris.