Welcome to the newly redesigned home of LZcybershrink, where those who can't simply walk into a therapist's office can find understanding, empathy, compassion, and a lot of skill and experience at helping people deal with life, relationships, and emotions. I'm Liz, and I've worked with clients all over the world with a great variety of issues. Some of my specialties: alcoholism and other addictions; codependency; eating disorders; dysfunctional families; healing the wounded inner child; learning how to have healthy couple relationships; healing from a history of emotional, physical, or sexual trauma; LGBTQIA issues; exploring or enhancing your creativity; grief and loss; women's issues from a strengths and feminist perspective; spirituality. I welcome people in recovery in 12-step programs as clients. If you have a mental health condition and are receiving medication under a qualified local prescribing professional's care, you must be stable in order to have talk therapy with me. If you might have a diagnosable mental health disorder, I may recommend you be assessed locally before pursuing talk therapy with me. If you are suicidal, online therapy is not the recommended modality. If you become my client, I promise commitment, connection, and confidentiality. I also promise to be clear about our boundaries and what I can and cannot do. I am happy to work with your existing health care team or help you develop one as needed.
The terms online therapy and online counseling encompass a variety of ways that a skilled mental health professional can help people effectively over the Internet without ever meeting them face to face.
I see most clients in a secure, password protected chat room on my online therapy website. The chat room can also accommodate a couple or a group. The chat is scheduled in realtime, usually in advance, just like a face to face chat in a therapist's office. But there are several differences.
We don't have to be in the same place or even in the same time zone. If we choose to work by email rather than in the chat room, we don't even have to coordinate our schedules to match.
Scheduling is flexible. Some clients meet with me once a week at the same time every week, others don't, depending on their needs.
We don't see each other. This gives clients more control over how they choose to present themselves.
We express our feelings not through visual cues but with the techniques that texting and the Internet have developed to replace them. We can also intuit a lot from silences and word choices in the chat room. And if we aren't sure, we can ask.
Email me at lzcybershrink(at)aol(dot)com to discuss whether online therapy is right for you or to schedule a chat or email session. Chats can be scheduled at your convenience, seven days a week, depending on my availability and coordination of time zones. You will need a password to enter the chat room, and you must be granted access to the chat room for the day and time of your session. Clinical emails can be written at any time. I will respond within 48 hours, usually much less. All clinical work requires payment in advance without exception.