Is online consulting/counseling right for me?
Online consulting/counseling services are not intended to take the place of traditional face-to-face therapy, conventional clinical assessment or treatment.
These sessions are often beneficial when you need to work through personal issues, need help getting through one of life’s many challenges, or want to become more confident.
What sort of personal problems can you help me with?
- Interpersonal conflicts
- Stress and anxiety
- Lack of self-confidence
Whether an issue is affecting you, your family or work life, I can help. Because my consulting is highly focused on problem solving, you’ll get positive results faster.
What if I need urgent help or feel suicidal?
Online and distance counseling services are not appropriate for emergency situations or persons having suicidal thoughts. Our services may require payment processing, an email response or a scheduled appointment. It may be 24 hours or more before you connect with a consultant/counselor.
If you are feeling suicidal, please contact a crisis center; call 911 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Suicide hotline is available 24/7 and it’s free and confidential with a nationwide network of crisis centers. If you are feeling strong emotional distress or rapidly changing emotions, distance consulting/counseling is not the best choice for you. Please contact a psychotherapist or mental health worker in your local area.
What process will you use to help me deal with my personal problems?
Van Blarcom Consulting’s personal consulting sessions are designed to:
- Help you identify current pressures and challenges.
- Provide the insight, understanding and objectivity needed to resolve them.
- Help you develop an action plan that you can use on your own.
- Equip you with techniques for maintaining the equilibrium gained from our meetings.
What are your personal consulting credentials?
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with numerous credentials. Read about my academic experience here.
Are you available on weekends and evenings?
Consulting sessions are tailored to your individual needs, including your schedule. I am available for weekend and evening sessions up until 11:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.
What sort of commitment is required?
No ongoing commitment is required other than a minimum of one prepaid scheduled session (up to one hour). You may purchase as little or as much time as you feel comfortable with.
What happens after a personal consulting session?
Each situation is unique. You may end the session with a solid plan of action or techniques to try. Follow-up sessions may be recommended and conducted via Skype, phone or email.
How do I pay?
You may pay by credit or debit card via PayPal.com. Pay online here.
Why can’t I read testimonials?
My confidentiality standards are higher than most. I would rather not post clients’ feedback in such a public place, even if only with their initials or first names.
Should I create an anonymous or secure email account?
Regular email accounts generally show your name and workplace (if you use your work email address).
Whether you’re concerned about someone seeing our emails or would prefer to use an alias, creating an anonymous email account is an option.
Free services like Yahoo or Hotmail allow you to create an alias and are only accessible by logging in with a private ID and password.
If you are uncomfortable accessing your free email account from home or work, many places offer free or low-cost Internet access, including public libraries, community centers, schools, coffee houses, or Internet/cyber cafes.
Use one of these links to set up a private email account:
Why should I get Skype?
If your computer has speakers and a built-in microphone, consider downloading Skype and setting up a free account. Skype-to-Skype calls are free. Instant messaging, screen-sharing, and video calling are other options that can enhance a Skype session.
Do I have to use the video chat feature of Skype?
Only if you want to. I want you to feel completely comfortable no matter which mode of communication we use.
Still have questions? Contact me for more information.
Following are the options available to you when you visit my site:
- I tell you which personally identifiable data is collected from you by way of the website, how it’s utilized, and with whom it might be shared.
- I provide you with choices regarding the usage of your information.
- You’ll learn about the safety procedures that shield the misuse of your online details.
- You have the right to notify me of any inaccuracies concerning your information.
Data Collection, Usage, And How The Data Is Shared
I am the sole owner of your details collected on this webpage. I collect information only when you give it through this website, for instance; name, address, telephone number, and billing information, along with facts by means of e-mail or other direct contact made with you. I will not sell or rent this information to everyone. Period.
Your Access To Future Communications With Me
You could possibly opt out of any future contacts from me at any time. You could do the following at any time by contacting me by means of the e-mail address or telephone number provided on my website:
See What Information I’ve Collected About You, If Any.
- Change/correct any information I have on record about you.
- Have me delete any information I’ve stored about you.
- Express any concern you may have about my use of the information.
I take precautions to shield your information. Any time you submit sensitive data by means of this website, your information and facts are protected both online and offline.
I have chosen to use a third-party payment provider (PayPal) so that your personal and sensitive data is ever collected through this website. With PayPal, your data is encrypted and transmitted to us via a secure portal. You’ll be able to confirm this by reading the terms of service on PayPal’s website.
Although we use encryption to guard sensitive facts transmitted throughout the internet, we also safeguard your details offline. Only personnel who need to have the info to execute a precise job (for instance, billing or customer support) are granted access to personally identifiable info. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable facts are kept inside a safe computer that’s encrypted with passwords for your security.