Get support anytime, anywhere with text therapy
Using a HIPAA-compliant texting platform, you can text your therapist anytime, anywhere. The healing power of the written word is at the core of text therapy. Writing has a restorative element to it that can be beneficial on many levels.
The process of exchanging intentional words with a therapist via text can help you:
- gain insight
- see new perspectives
- be thoughtful in how you contemplate your life
- declutter your mind
- tap into your inner wisdom that promotes healing solutions
- make sense of your past
- gain clarity for your future
The benefits of text therapy are:
- no appointments or commuting necessary
- convenient – 24/7 access available
2What is Scriptotherapy?
Using texting in a secure, HIPAA-compliant and confidential client portal, you can text your therapist when you most need the support… whether you have 2 minutes or 50 minutes, your therapist will write back to you (immediate responses not guaranteed). Whether anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, codependency issues, relationship problems, negativity, trauma, fear, anger, conflict, etc.
I will respond to your message just as I would if we were meeting in person by:
- asking clarifying questions to help us both dig deeper to find the root of the problem
- providing you with observations that can lead to change
- teaching you new coping skills
- suggesting additional resources
- assigning homework if/when appropriate
- highlighting areas for self-exploration
Text therapy can be a convenient alternative or adjunct to traditional in-person therapy for those whose schedules don’t allow for consistent, in-person therapy sessions.
is Text Therapy Effective?
Researchers at the University of Zurich report that therapy sessions conducted by instant messaging were as effective, if not more effective, than standard in-person therapy.
Another study found that therapy via asynchronous messaging was potentially more effective than in-person sessions because you can return to the written texts at any time, which supports ongoing insight, healing, and growth.
is Text Therapy Right For Me?
Text therapy may be supportive to you if:
- you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, parenting, stress, relationships, trauma, anger, family conflicts, self-esteem issues, and more
- you need support but don’t have time or childcare to attend in-person sessions
Text therapy is not appropriate if:
- you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others
- you are a minor or under the care of a legal guardian
- you are in an urgent crisis
- you have been diagnosed with severe mental illness
- you were court-ordered to attend therapy
- you don’t have the technology to support texting
- you live outside of Colorado
Text Therapy FAQs
How do I get started with text therapy?
2. Once we agree to work together, I will send you all the necessary paperwork to get started.
3. We will meet in person or over video-chat for your first session. While text therapy can be an alternative to in-person sessions, I do require that we meet face-to-face during the first session to get to know each other.
Can I do text therapy instead of in-person sessions?
Can I do text therapy in addition to in-person sessions?
How do I know what to write?
What would be different about your response to my problems than my best friend/mom/mentor?
What about confidentiality?
Are there reasons I shouldn’t consider text therapy?
If you are currently struggling with self-harm, thoughts of ending your own life, or are in an unsafe environment, in-person counseling is a more supportive option for you. I cannot provide a higher level of care or emergency services via text therapy.
Is this HIPAA compliant?
Is Text Therapy a replacement for in-person or video therapy sessions?
What are the limitations to text therapy?
What is the cost of text therapy?
After the initial in-person session, text therapy services are billed as follows:
– Text therapy only without regularly scheduled in-person sessions: $50/week billed monthly ($200/month)
– Text therapy in addition to regular in-person sessions: $30/week billed monthly $120/month)
Writing Benefits your Mood
Writing also helps to alleviate the negative effects of stress and depression.
Writing also helps you elaborate on your thoughts. When your thoughts are staring back at you from the screen, you’re forced to analyze your thoughts in a way that is hard with a spoken conversation.
Writing Aids in Emotional Healing
Writing Helps You Heal Physically
Writing May Improve your Immune System
Studies have proven that people who wrote about past traumas strengthened their immune cells, called T-lymphocytes, and had fewer health-center visits for six months after writing.
A recent study suggested that expressive writing may even improve immune system functioning, although it may need to be sustained for the health benefits to continue (Murray, 2002).
Writing Can Illuminate Meaning
It can also lead to important insights about yourself and your environment that may be difficult to determine without focused writing (Tartakovsky, 2015).