Therapy  by Phone

I offer the same non-judgmental, nurturing guidance during phone sessions as I do in person.  I help phone clients resolve the same issues that I would if they were seeing me at my office.  Therapy by phone can be as effective as in-person therapy.  It is beneficial in many circumstances:

  • You live too far away.
  • You don't have the time to commute.
  • A physical limitation makes an in-person session impossible.
  • You prefer the privacy and comfort of your own home or office

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" When challenging issues come up, I call Shobana who consistently helps me work through difficult emotions and helps me find resolutions to my problems. Phone therapy meets the needs of my busy schedule. I feel her caring and compassion even though we're 3000 miles apart."  
Sandi Katz, Glass artist - Boca Raton, Florida



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Read this article to learn more about phone therapy.


The New York Times;  September 22, 2008, 12:07 pm

The Benefits of Therapy by Phone

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Phone-based therapy can be less hassle for patients. (Peter DaSilva for the New York Times)

Most therapists schedule face-to-face meetings with their patients. But new data suggest that therapy by phone may be a better option for some patients.

It has long been a concern among therapists that nearly half of their patients quit after only a few sessions. As a result, a number of health care providers and employee-assistance programs now offer therapy services by phone.

A new analysis of phone therapy research by Northwestern University shows that when patients receive psychotherapy for depression over the phone, more than 90 percent continue with it. The review of a dozen studies of phone therapy showed that the average attrition rate in the telephone therapy was only 7.6 percent, compared to nearly 50 percent in face-to-face therapy. The researchers also found that telephone therapy appeared to be just as effective at reducing depressive symptoms as face-to-face treatment.

“The problem with face-to-face treatment has always been very few people who can benefit from it actually receive it because of emotional and structural barriers,” said David Mohr, professor of preventive medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study, published in the September issue of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. “The telephone is a tool that allows the therapists to reach out to patients, rather than requiring that patients reach out to therapists.”

Among patients who say they want psychotherapy, only 20 percent actually show up for a referral, and half later drop out of treatment.

Dr. Mohr said he began using phone therapy because he was working with patients who had multiple sclerosis who could not get to a therapist’s office. Some patients don’t have regular transportation to a therapist’s office or can’t take time off work or away from their families. In addition, a patient with depression may simply not be capable of getting themselves to the therapist’s office on a regular basis.

“One of the symptoms of depression is people lose motivation,” Dr. Mohr said, in a press release. “It’s hard for them to do the things they are supposed to do. Showing up for appointments is one of those things.”



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