Online Counseling & Therapy

Discover all of the benefits teletherapy has to offer.

At the start of the pandemic, we all rapidly moved to online therapy sessions. Studies show that psychotherapy is highly effective, even when delivered via telephone or by an internet-based video session. The experience is almost exactly the same as an in-person session, however I was surprised to find that online therapy felt even closer and more intimate than when I was in my in-person office. The main reason for this is that being online I am physically closer to my clients face. I can see deeper into my clients eyes, and in this way expressions and emotions are very clear. Working in this way has led to a deeper connection and better understanding of my clients’ feelings, moods, thoughts, and behaviors. Clients also report liking online sessions better than meeting in-person for a variety of reasons.

Talking with my client in their environment leads to deeper work and increased understanding. I see my client in their natural environment, rather than an office that is decorated to my taste. Occasionally, I even get introduced unexpectedly to spouses, significant others, a child running through the session, a beloved pet, or a nursing baby. Of course, it is best to have a private confidential space to do the therapy work, but life happens and these moments of introduction into my client’s real life are often deeply meaningful for us both and lead to increased understanding.

Conducting EMDR therapy online has also had many unexpected benefits. The platform I use has many different options and settings for sounds, colors, and bi-lateral stimulation. The variety of options are unparalleled when compared to what I could offer in-person and makes the treatment so much more effective.

Sessions are scheduled and conducted in the same way as you would expect from traditional psychotherapy. The benefits are no driving time, no sitting in my office waiting room, and scheduling is more flexible for us both. It is easier to get an appointment with me than having to rely on only coming in on certain days of the week when I may be in the office.

I use SimplePractice for telemedicine appointments, which is a simple platform that you can use on any device. After we schedule an appointment, I will send you an invitation via the client portal. Within the portal, you will find consent documents to sign, an intake form, and a credit card authorization form. All consent forms must be returned to me prior to our first session. The day of your session, an invitation link will be sent to you to join the session at your appointment time. My office policies are the same for online therapy as for therapy in person.

I currently offer online therapy in California, Oregon, Kentucky, and Idaho. If you reside in any of these states, psychotherapy online is conveniently available to you in the comfort and safety of your own space.

Please Note: Due to licensing laws, therapy over the web is available only to clients who reside in one of these states.

Call me at (408) 247-7909 to learn more about the services I offer and find out whether or not we’d be a good fit for working together. I look forward to connecting with you and helping in any way I can.

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Michelle Wambach, Psy.D., LMFT
4020 Moorpark Ave #206
San Jose, California 95117

Michelle Wambach, Psy.D., LMFT, has been selected four years in a row for the Best of San Jose Awards for Counseling Therapist and now qualifies for the 2023 San Jose Business Hall of Fame.

Best of San Jose Awards for Counseling Therapist, 2023
Best of San Jose Awards for Counseling Therapist, 2022
Best of San Jose Awards for Counseling Therapist, 2021
Best of San Jose Awards for Counseling Therapist, 2020