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Text Therapy

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:

  • accessible
  • affordable
  • 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. 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou

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?
1. Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation: https://kindred-counseling.clientsecure.me

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?
With the exception of meeting face-to-face for your first session, yes, subsequent ‘sessions’ can be text therapy.
Can I do text therapy in addition to in-person sessions?
Adding text therapy between in-person sessions can be a powerful accelerator of healing and growth. Many clients choose to do this if they can’t come to counseling as much as they’d like, or to continue the processing done in session throughout the week. This can be particularly helpful if a situation comes up between sessions that requires additional support.
How do I know what to write?
Based on your goals, I will have a good idea of approaches and prompts that can help you lead to the processing that can help meet your goals. Beyond that, our texts will begin to resemble the rhythm of a conversation that flows naturally. You can text about anything from the little frustrations throughout the day to the bigger pain points.
What would be different about your response to my problems than my best friend/mom/mentor?
Although scriptotherapy is based in a form of communication that you use to communicate with other people in your life, that is really where the similarities end. As your therapist, I will offer research-backed therapeutic interventions that pull from the methods of therapy that I’ve found benefit my clients most:  Post-Induction Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
What about confidentiality?
Text therapy takes place via a secure, HIPAA-compliant client portal.
Are there reasons I shouldn’t consider text therapy?
Text therapy is most effective when you have a strong foundation of other sources for support and are able to use coping skills when life gets hard.

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?
Yes, we will use a secure HIPAA-compliant texting platform
Is Text Therapy a replacement for in-person or video therapy sessions?
Text therapy has similar benefits to in-person or video therapy sessions, but due to the limitations listed above, text therapy is not a substitute for face-to-face therapy. Text therapy can be a great first step to deciding if you want to engage in face-to-face therapy, for clarifying your goals for counseling before beginning face-to-face therapy, or for extra support during times of life when you can’t engage in face-to-face therapy due to time, financial, or childcare constraints.
What are the limitations to text therapy?
Modalities such as EMDR and aspects of Post Induction Therapy are experiential and require in-person sessions. You should also be aware that there is a quality of synchronicity, attunement, and the important communication that occurs in body language that is missing in text therapy. At the same time, text therapy has many advantages to consider as well (convenience, the ability to re-read past texts whenever you need support, etc.)
What is the cost of text therapy?
The first in-person initial session is billed at my regular rate of $225 for 75-minutes.

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
Research has shown that writing about life goals can help you feel happier and healthier.

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
In individuals who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful event, expressive writing can have a significant healing effect. In fact, participants in a study who wrote about their most traumatic experiences for 15 minutes, four days in a row, experienced better health outcomes up to four months later (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005).
Writing Helps You Heal Physically
Another study tested the same writing exercise on over 100 asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients, with similar results. The participants who wrote about the most stressful event of their lives experienced better health evaluations related to their illness (Smyth, Stone, Hurewitz, & Kaell, 1999).
Writing May Improve your Immune System
Writing about stressful events helps us take steps towards acceptance, minimizing the impact these stressors have on our physical health.

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
In addition to these more concrete benefits, regular therapeutic writing can help the writer find meaning in their experiences, view things from a new perspective, and see the silver linings in their most stressful or negative experiences (Murray, 2002).

It can also lead to important insights about yourself and your environment that may be difficult to determine without focused writing (Tartakovsky, 2015).

Writing Can Increase Motivation
Research has shown that writing about your goals is beneficial for motivation.
Writing Can Boost Your Productivity
Another study showed that when those handling stressful jobs wrote about their experiences in a journal, their productivity increased.
Writing Promotes Problem Solving
Dr. Sheppard B. Kominars, author of Write for Life: Healing Mind, Body, and Spirit Through Journal Writing, notes that writing about our thoughts helps us move problems into a different dimension of consciousness. “You actually change the problem by framing it and moving it into an area of your experience more involved with problem solving,” he said.
Writing Helps Convey Complexity
When we have a lot of on our minds, often what we’re trying to say is right on the tip of our tongue, or we have so much going on in our heads that it all comes out in a confusing mess. Writing has been shown to help us communicate complex ideas more effectively—and let’s face it, our lives are complex!