Online Counseling for Your Privacy and Convenience
About eSupport //
eSupport is a counseling practice that operates solely online, providing online counseling via live video. Although eSupport's home office is in Raleigh, all residents of North Carolina can be served.
I am a passionate counselor with extensive training in providing counseling services online. I understand the benefits of giving and receiving counseling services via the internet and am skilled at addressing any challenges.
I employ the best practices for tele-mental health and work to ensure privacy and security that complies with all federal, state and professional guidelines and ethics. I use HIPAA compliant methods and strive to provide excellent quality counseling and support services.
I would love to help meet your counseling needs, when and where it is convenient for you! I offer individual counseling for adolescents and adults. I also, provide live, skill-based workshops and webinars to help meet your needs for practical strategies that you can apply now!
Therapy Methods Used //
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy treatment based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the actual situation itself. One important aspect of CBT is helping people change their unhelpful thinking and behavior patterns. These changes lead to enduring improvement in daily mood and functioning. CBT uses a variety of cognitive and behavioral techniques, problem solving and solution focused treatment.
EMDR & Trauma Informed Care and Treatment, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Many people seeking counseling have experienced trauma and have been severely impacted by these experiences. Neglecting to address trauma can have huge implications for the effectiveness of mental health treatment and short-and long-term wellness of the individual. Trauma informed care is an approach that aims to engage people with histories of trauma, recognize the presence of trauma symptoms, and acknowledge the role that trauma has played in their lives. Together with a supportive, compassionate counselor, people can work toward recovery and discover inner peace.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) techniques are also used to help alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, emotional distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced. During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing of the traumatic memory network, so that information processing is enhanced, with new associations forged between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information. See Healing Trauma EMDR video on this page for more information Source: SAMHSA and EMDR.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It has been extensively researched since its creation in the late 1908’s. DBT is a unique therapy model in that it emphasizes the teaching of very specific skills to help people learn and use new strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT skills include: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population and many others. The research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as mood disorders, substance use, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
What are the DBT skills?
Mindfulness Skills – these skills help you to live in the present (rather than dwell on past pain or worry about future problems) and focus your attention how and when you want to. Mindfulness skills will enable you to control and regulate your thoughts and emotions and to be more “present” in your daily life.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills – these skills help you to effectively manage relationships, keep your self-respect, and get what you need in relationships and communication. Interpersonal Effectiveness will help you navigate relationships with others by asking for what you want and need and by learning to say no to others, as well as strategies for creating new relationships and ending destructive ones.
Emotional Regulation Skills – these skills help you to understand, manage and respond effectively to your emotions. Emotion regulation skills will teach you to recognize and validate your own emotions as well as teach you strategies to have less extreme mood swings and feel more in control on a daily basis.
Distress Tolerance – these skills help you to endure painful situations (which are inevitable in life!) without making them worse. The Distress tolerance module will teach you to tolerate these upsetting situations and will help you to make healthier choices when under duress.
Stress and Anxiety Management
Anxiety, or extreme apprehension and worry, is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations. This type of steady, all-over anxiety is can sometimes develop into a generalized anxiety disorder. Other anxiety-related disorders include panic attacks (severe episodes of anxiety which happen in response to specific triggers) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (which is marked by persistent intrusive thoughts or compulsions to carry out specific behaviors).
Anxiety so frequently co-occurs with depression that the two are thought to be twin faces of one disorder. Like depression, anxiety strikes twice as many females as males.
Generally, anxiety arises first, often during childhood. Evidence suggests that both biology and environment can contribute to the disorder. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to anxiety; however, this does not make development of the condition inevitable. Early traumatic experiences can also reset the body’s normal fear-processing system so that it is hyper-reactive to stress. (www.psychologytoday.com)
Anxiety isn't always the problem but your response can be! Working with an understanding and empathic counselor can help teach you simple, everyday techniques to better cope with and manage stress and anxiety.
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Online courses, workshops, and CEUs
I offer courses, skills classes, workshops, and CEU training on a rotating basis, all focused on mental health topics. These are therapeutic in nature, designed to improve your health and functioning, but do not require you to have a diagnosis or a significant or chronic issue.
Counseling for Counselors and other Healthcare Professionals
Licensed Clinical Supervisors at eSupport can assist counselors and others in the healthcare profession with feelings of burnout and compassion fatigue. Please know that you are NOT alone and help is out there. You may feel that you are unable to admit to these feelings and that counselors should not be experiencing crisis situations. However, please don't "should yourself!" After all, we know that counseling can help, so be sure to practice what you preach!
Occupational Related Stress Management and Trauma
We spend most of our waking hours at work and our feelings about work can have a major impact on how we function day to day. When work related stress is a problem, a counselor can help! eSupport counselors can teach stress management techniques, assertiveness training, employment counseling and career exploration. We also provide interventions to help first responders (police, fire and healthcare staff) heal from traumatic events and learn new ways to process the distressing events.