Online Therapy in Phoenix During COVID-19 Shutdown

Phoenix Men’s Counseling is now offering online therapy in Phoenix, over secure video conferencing through our practice management software Simple Practice. We invite you to consider online therapy as an option to in-person therapy during your time under shelter-in-place, in your home or other location.

We care about you and your family’s health during this very difficult time. We know that just because we can’t see each other in person, we still would like to help you get through these tough times, and get you back a little bit of the optimism and good feelings you had before everything was upended with COVID-19.

Many people have never tried getting counseling or therapy before, let alone doing video counseling. In fact, as the business owner, I can tell you that I only did video sessions a few times in the past. But in the last two weeks, I have really come to see it as an essential alternative to not having therapy at all. It does create the same “therapy feeling” you’d like as an in-person session, although over video. 

You might be skittish about it, and just say you’ll ride out the quarantine or shelter-in-place. You might even just tell yourself you’d rather wait until we’re able to see you in person. But, can you afford to? Are issues starting to come up now in your home? Just because you may be at home in place, stuck in your house with your family for an undetermined period of time, doesn’t mean that issues won’t come up. This would be a perfect time to try online therapy in Phoenix.

You may be experiencing marital issues, that might get worse under being stuck together for an indeterminate time. You may not actually be able to recognize that you have relationship or marital issues until you get stuck living in the same house 24/7 with someone, and you’re forced to confront them.

There’s a lot that could happen in the course of weeks, or even months, under shelter-in-place. You and your significant other, partner, or spouse will inevitably run into some conflicts, squabbles, or just general communication issues, of varying degree. Online therapy in Phoenix with us can definitely help you with that, and to prevent conflicts from flaring up and becoming unmanageable.

We can help work with you to develop better communication skills, so that you can navigate the space and the time more effectively, and more productively. 

We can help you and your significant other work on identifying challenging conflict cycles, so that you can learn to reduce them in a lot less time. It would get really uncomfortable if you and your significant other are used to not talking, or spending time apart, when you are in conflict right now, considering the fact that you’re so close in proximity and can’t go anywhere. For guys who are used to leaving and withdrawing, there’s nowhere to go now.

If you are not partnered or single, you may be experiencing loneliness as a result of being shut in or stuck in place. It’s a perfectly normal response, and most everyone that we talk with these days is experiencing some kind of loneliness or fear as a result of dealing with the coronavirus and its effects. You’re not alone. 

Online therapy can help in this way, because it can help you cope and deal with your negative emotions in a more appropriate and productive way, rather than just going to the tried-and-true coping methods of video games, drinking, eating, smoking pot or getting into other bad habits at home. Why make a bad situation worse, especially if you’re hearing it from others in your space?

You may also feel like you’re starting to lose your mind if you have a lot of people in your household, like your kids. You may just be trying to work your regular day at home, and may continually be feeling imposed upon by people who are also stuck at home with you. Your kids probably aren’t going back to school this school year, so a little stress management learning wouldn’t hurt right about now.

Most Phoenicians are dealing with fear, worry, anxiety, and stress, about their family and their families’ well-being, about their parents, about the economy and the plunging stock market, and about the security of their jobs. People are worried about other people. These are no small things, and we can help you manage more effectively while we go through this time together. 

Since many of the traditional stress management outlets are now closed or not working, such as the gym, massage studios, or just getting together in person for a happy hour, online therapy may be a good alternative to help you take care of yourself during this shut down and tough time. It’s an hour that you can relax and be good to yourself.

If you’ve made excuses to avoid therapy, now is the time to try it. We work with a lot of first time therapy clients, and we would like to work with you. If your life has slowed down considerably due to the coronavirus outbreak and sequester, there is no excuse to put it off anymore if you’re struggling.

Book an online appointment through our scheduling software, and we’ll send you a link to your first video session. If you’re not sure, give Jason a call, and he’ll answer any questions that you might have about the process. 

We wish you good health, security for your family, friends and work, and good mental health. We’re in this together.

Jason Fierstein

Owner, Phoenix Men’s Counseling

Phoenix, AZ

About Jason

As "The Man That Men Will Talk To," Jason Fierstein, MA, LPC is a private practice counselor and psychotherapist for men and couples in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area. He works with struggling men to find happiness in their lives, and with their wives.
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