Online Therapy by Webcam, Phone or Chat Room, Lifeline for Expats Worldwide
06/25/2010

{www.psyshrink.com} Modern communication technologies are allowing for expatriates living temporarily or permanently outside their home country to more easily connect with professionals so they can receive help with psychological problems, issues and concerns.

Online PR News – 25-June-2010 – – {www.psyshrink.com} Modern communication technologies are allowing for expatriates living temporarily or permanently outside their home country to more easily connect with professionals so they can receive help with psychological problems, issues and concerns.

With more than 200 million people estimated to be living outside their home country, psychological services for expats are certainly needed but not always available. Recognizing the need for accessible psychological services for expats, Cynthia Kunze, Psychologist and owner of PsyShrink eTherapy and Private Practice, began offering therapy via phone, webcam or secure chat room to clients living anywhere in the world.

“When one moves to a new country, especially a country where you don’t speak the language, you feel incredibly isolated” explains Jill, expatriate from South Africa living in Germany. “Finding you on the Internet was an absolute lifeline. We are scattered across the world, but still in need of help.”

Some mental health professionals are skeptical of offering such services online and express concerns regarding ensuring confidentiality. They argue that communication technologies could be breached and therapists would not have complete control of the environment in which therapy takes place.

While concerns regarding ensuring confidentiality should be carefully considered and addressed by any therapist wishing to provide online services, Cynthia Kunze arugues that the many benefits of providing online therapy to clients need to also be considered by practitioners and consumers.

Reducing anxiety for persons uncomfortable about going to therapy, allowing persons who are sensitive or concerned about the stigma of receiving psychological services to be more inclined to seek help, creating an outlet for those how are physical or emotionally unable to get to therapy, or providing continuity in the therapeutic process are just a few examples of how online therapy can benefit those in need of help.

Further, it is clear that many expats are finding online therapy to be an invaluable resource to help with personal problems, relationship issues and the stress and loneliness they face when living abroad.

“The vast majority of my clients are living in countries where they do not speak the native language, who are struggling with culture shock, troubled marriages, and feelings of depression and anxiety,” explains Cynthia Kunze, herself an expat. “My clients are often very successful, mobile, technology savvy people, who feel comfortable and confident using modern communications technologies.”

For additional information regarding online therapy, contact Cynthia Kunze or visit www.psyshrink.com. The benefits and limitations of online therapy are explained in detail and bookings for services can be made conveniently through the online calendar.

About PsyShrink eTherapy and Private Practice:

PsyShrink is owned and operated by Cynthia Kunze, a psychologist and expat living in Munich, Germany. With over 13 years experiencing working in mental health services and over 8 years living abroad, she has abundant professional and personal experience, particularly in helping expats attend to their emotional and psychological needs.

For additional information regarding online therapy, contact Cynthia Kunze or visit http://www.psyshrink.com