Online Counseling (not a debate)

Erin - posted on 01/02/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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This is not a debate but not something that I really wanted to post on the Welcome Page.

Wondering if anyone knows of any real and trustworthy websites that offer professional counseling/advice. In a perfect world it would be a Doctor or certified individual, that is available outside of normal hours, but willing to work with anything.

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Go on FB and look up a woman named Claudette Chenevert (that's the proper spelling). She's technically a stepmom coach, but she may be able to point you in the right direction since she does most of her stuff online and is in the community :)

I'll try this and if it works you won't have to look her up. Try copying and pasting this entire web address into a new internet window (or tab): http://www.facebook.com/stepmomcoach

Good luck!

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My doctor is available after hours. He is not online though, I see him in person. The way he works is as that the bulk of his appointments take place during regular hours, but two nights a week, he sets his hours to start later so he is in until 7pm. He or a partner from his office are also available 24/7 for emergencies. Many of the doctors in our area work on a schedule like this.

I will admit, he is pricier than others, but he keeps a small client base so I get much more personalized service, which was very important to me.

Another group in the building sees the bulk of their clients at lunchtime, but will make after hours appointments for those who need them up to 10pm. If you go in after 4pm, the office is closed--no receptionist, etc.--but the doctor will be there to see you. They are much more expensive, but you have to consider what having those odd hours does to the doctors' own lives.

Have you checked into doctors in your own area who might offer these services?

Tam - posted on 01/02/2012

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The only ones I know of are set up for military members and family members. I'd imagine that the best place to look for low cost or free counseling would be some sort of emergency services, if the issue is extreme enough to warrant it, or using a telephone hotline that is specific to your need.

At the least, you might look into a local church, even if you aren't religious. A lot of priests or pastors will be willing to lend an ear and many of them are certified in some way. And much of the time, they are willing to help out after hours. At least, the chaplains I've run into in the military are. I imagine their civilian counterparts are similar.

Probably not what you were looking for, but I hope it helps.

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Aleks - posted on 01/04/2012

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Not sure it is a counseling advice site, but it is a support site.

Look up Daily Strength and the area of concern. I found it helpful personally at a certain time of my life....

Good luck.

Sal - posted on 01/04/2012

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If You find one please tell I could really use an outside ear to talk too as well

Erin - posted on 01/03/2012

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Thanks Ladies. It is not so much the cost that I am avoiding, it is just hard to find the time until late at night - I work a very demanding job, have two small kids and already spend too much time handling my health to miss any more time from my kids or work. Just trying to find someone that I can talk with after kids are in bed, houswork done and all that.

Karla - posted on 01/02/2012

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I don't know if I would feel comfortable with an on-line counselor, so much of what they do is tied into voice and body language. There are pretty good reference sites though. And as Tam mentioned their are the Hot lines available depending on the need.

Are you okay Erin?

If you live near a College or University with a Masters or Doctorate program in Psychology they may offer discount counseling as well.

Good luck.

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