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Using Teletherapy to Conquer Phobias

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Life Tips, Stress Management, Teletherapy | 0 comments

Phobias are defined as extreme or irrational fears or aversions to specific things. While some people may have a phobia of dogs, spiders, or snakes, others may become terrified in a situation involving heights or enclosed spaces. Some of the most common phobias include aerophobia, a fear of flying; astraphobia, a fear of lightning and thunder; and mysophobia, a fear of germs. While not everyone has a phobia, they are very common and normal and can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy by a licensed and experienced psychotherapist.

If you aren’t able to make the time to travel to a therapist’s office for regular cognitive behavioral therapy sessions (or if you aren’t able to because you suffer from agoraphobia, which is a very real phobia of leaving your home), there is good news! At East-West Therapy in Honolulu, HI, we offer teletherapy sessions with a professional psychotherapist. Teletherapy is an over-the-phone therapy method that takes place at regularly scheduled times that are convenient for you and your therapist. All you need is a phone and a quiet, private space to have a full therapy session that is every bit as effective and beneficial as a traditional, in-person session with a psychotherapist.

During your teletherapy sessions to help conquer your phobia, your therapist may delve into your background and childhood to try to find a definitive event or circumstance that may have led to your extreme fear. Were you almost drowned as a child? This may account for your fear of large bodies of water. Perhaps you were in an auto accident at a young age, which could explain your phobia of driving a car. When your therapist is able to get at the root cause of your phobia, he or she can better understand how to help you overcome it so you can get on with your life.

A key part of cognitive behavioral therapy is exposure to the thing or situation that frightens you most. You may wonder how you can accomplish this through teletherapy, but the answer is simple. When your therapist feels that you are ready to face your fear, he or she can assign you a little homework that involves coming into incremental contact with the object of your phobia. You can report back to your therapist about the success of your exposure therapy during your next teletherapy session. As you accomplish these increasingly challenging goals, you will move toward your ultimate objective of putting your greatest fear behind you once and for all!

Conquer Phobias with Teletherapy

There is nothing shameful or embarrassing about having a phobia; however, if you find that your phobia is getting in your way and affecting your quality of life by severely limiting your activities, it may be time to get a handle on your fear and overcome it for good. With convenient teletherapy sessions from East-West Therapy in Honolulu, HI, you can work to overcome even the most debilitating phobia on your own time, so you can take back your life and live it to its fullest!

Call East-West Therapy today at 213-880-8262 to schedule an initial teletherapy consultation. Life’s too short to be afraid- call East-West Therapy today!

Bring Back the Romance With Couples Therapy

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Couples Therapy, Therapist | 0 comments

Even the strongest relationships need a little help sometimes. When you have been in a committed relationship with your spouse or significant other for many years, it can be difficult to keep romance alive. Additionally, outside stressors such as work, finances and children can sometimes drive a wedge between even the most loving couples. Many couples find that therapy can go a long way towards keeping a relationship happy and alive, preserving an open line of communication and trust in your long-term relationship, and even helping to rekindle the spark that ignited between the two of them in the first place. If you and your spouse have always talked about trying couples therapy but don’t have the time to meet for regular appointments at a therapist’s office, teletherapy sessions may be just right for you! East-West Therapy is proud to offer convenient, effective teletherapy sessions for couples looking to build and strengthen their relationship and fall in love all over again!

How Can Teletherapy Help My Relationship?



As its name implies, teletherapy is therapy that is conducted through telephone appointments. You and your spouse can receive quality couples therapy from a licensed therapist in the comfort of your own home! Teletherapy is a convenient, confidential and easy way to get the therapy you and your significant other need and deserve without having to take time out of your busy schedule to attend appointments at a therapist’s office. Your therapist will work with you as a couple on a schedule that fits your lifestyle, and help you get to the bottom of key issues in your relationship as well as provide you with the tools you need to build and maintain communication, mutual respect and trust. Through your teletherapy appointments, you and your spouse can find a deeper place of understanding and empathy for one another, which can lead to a stronger, healthier relationship that stands the test of time.

From Honolulu With Love- East-West Therapy is Here For You<



East-West Therapy is a licensed, accredited therapy center in Honolulu, HI that specializes in couples therapy and relationship counseling. We’re in Hawaii, but you don’t have to be! Thanks to our unique teletherapy options, you can receive quality treatment no matter where you live. All you need is a phone and a quiet, private place to conduct your teletherapy session- it’s that simple!


Your relationship with your spouse or partner is the most important thing in your life- take care to preserve, maintain and nurture it with regular couples teletherapy sessions from East-West Therapy. Call 213-880-8262 today to speak with a representative about our available couples teletherapy options, and get ready to rekindle the romance!

Start the New Year With Teletherapy

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Teletherapy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of yourself, regular visits with a therapist are a great place to start! After all, talking through issues with a licensed therapist is extremely beneficial for your mental health, and can help you learn to solve problems that are affecting your quality of life. But what if you think you just can’t make the time for regular therapy sessions? East-West Therapy in Honolulu, HI offers convenient, confidential teletherapy appointments so patients can speak with a therapist over the phone, from the comfort of their home! The convenience and privacy of teletherapy sessions will allow you to get the therapy you need without having to leave work early or fight rush-hour traffic. Teletherapy sessions from Honolulu’s East-West Therapy is a great way to keep your New Year’s resolution of better self-care without taking away from the rest of your busy life!

How Does Teletherapy Work?

A teletherapy session works just like a regular therapy session, except that it takes place over the phone! All you have to do is call your therapist at the time of your scheduled teletherapy appointment, and you’re ready to get started. Your therapist will listen in detail to anything that’s on your mind, completely free of bias or judgment, and give you the tools you need to cope with stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental health concern that’s holding you back from living your best life. All you need is a phone and a private space to have a full teletherapy session with a licensed therapist. East-West Therapy makes it convenient to attend therapy sessions so you can begin healing and enjoy life to its fullest!

What are the Benefits of Teletherapy?

In addition to the extreme convenience of being able to have a therapy session over the phone, teletherapy benefits those who may be hesitant to open up to a therapist about problems in their lives. Not everyone feels completely comfortable talking to relative strangers; this can hold people back from beginning therapy even if they are in great need of it. The privacy and confidentiality of a teletherapy session can help patients feel more at ease, as well as more willing to talk about their problems, because it can be less intimidating to talk on the phone than to have a face-to-face session. Additionally, patients who are reluctant or unable to leave their homes due to anxiety or disability can still receive the therapy they need without having to worry about going to a therapist’s office. Teletherapy works in a variety of ways to help patients fit therapy into their lives, which can provide great benefits to their mental wellness down the road.

How Can I Get Started With Teletherapy?

It’s easy to begin your journey towards mental health- call East-West Therapy today at 213-880-8262 to schedule your first teletherapy session with a professional, licensed therapist. We’re located in Honolulu, HI, but you don’t have to be! . Do something great for yourself- schedule a teletherapy session from East-West Therapy, and get ready to discover a happier, more well-balanced you!

Teletherapy the Best Gift You’ll Receive This Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The winter holidays are upon us once more, bringing with them a number of fun festivities, parties and family gatherings to celebrate the season. However, the holidays are not always a happy time for people who struggle with relationship or family issues, social anxiety, depression or just the winter blues.peaking with a professional licensed therapist about your problems may set you on the path to a happier, healthier holiday. But how do you make time in all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to make a therapy appointment? Thanks to teletherapy, the answer is simple.

Now you can schedule therapy sessions with a professional therapist over the phone, no matter where you are. If you have an hour and a phone, Dr. Conti and his team at East-West Therapy can give the attention, support and tools you need to make it a happy holiday, all the way from Hawaii!

How Does Teletherapy Work?


Much like a regular therapy session, a patient schedules a teletherapy appointment with Dr. Conti or another licensed professionals. On the given day, at the appointed time, Dr. Conti will call the patient on the phone number provided, and conduct the hour-long therapy session over the phone, no matter where you live. It’s that simple!

Who Does Teletherapy Benefit?


Teletherapy sessions, like traditional therapy, can benefit anyone who needs somebody to talk through issues. People challenged with mobility issues or packed schedules find teletherapy an extremely efficient way to receive the therapy they need and deserve–without having to restructure their entire lives.. Teletherapy allows you to schedule appointments when it is convenient for you. Forget worrying how you will to get to a therapist’s office. The relative anonymity patients get speaking over the phone, alleviates the sometimes intimidating, embarrassing or otherwise overwhelming experience of a face-to-face therapy session.

Give yourself the greatest gift of all this holiday season. Grant yourself the gift of stability, balance and mental wellness! When you are able to communicate regularly with a trusted therapist over a teletherapy session from East-West Therapy in Honolulu, HI, you can work through issues and fears that have been plaguing you for years, and enjoy the benefits and results of a happier, healthier you! Call East-West Therapy today at 213-880-8262 to learn more about our expert counseling services and to schedule your first teletherapy session with Dr. Conti. A new year is coming. ow is the time to take the necessary steps to overcome any obstacles keeping you from living your best life. With teletherapy from East-West Therapy, the power to change is in your hands!

Teletherapy: Your Guide To Surviving the Holidays With Ease

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Blog, Teletherapy | 0 comments

The winter holidays can be a time of joy and laughter as people gather together with their loved ones to share traditional meals, sing carols and open gifts. However, if the thought of spending a great deal of time with your family brings on feelings of dread, anxiety and fear, it’s important to know you’re not alone. The truth is, the holidays can be a difficult time for lots of people when they have to think about how best to communicate and coexist with relatives who may be unpleasant, dysfunctional or just plain toxic. If you are having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit because of the family gathering that lies ahead, take heart in knowing your therapist is just a phone call away. The teletherapy services offered by East-West Therapy of Honolulu, HI can be just what you need to survive your family holiday gathering, add some perspective, and even help you to enjoy yourself and your relatives.

Teletherapy can be particularly beneficial for those who are heading home for the holidays. If you are traveling out of the city or state to join your family members, you can rest easy that you will still be able to make regular teletherapy appointments for the duration of your stay. As long as you have a phone and a private space, you can visit with your therapist even when you’re far from home. In your teletherapy sessions, you can discuss tips for surviving the holidays, strategies to disarm your most difficult relatives, and tactics for building yourself up so you can thwart any feelings of low self-esteem, frustration or depression that may arise. Your therapist can also help you to better understand the psychology behind some of your family members’ words and actions, so you can create a place of forgiveness and peace in your heart.

The holidays are meant to be a time of peace, love and joy- where better to start than with yourself? Teletherapy sessions from East-West Therapy may be the key to happier holiday gatherings for you and your family from now on! Give yourself the gift of teletherapy this holiday season and you can begin to see the transformation you experience. Your therapist can provide you with the coping strategies and self-actualization exercises you need to bring the fun back to your family holiday gatherings, or at least get you out alive!

Contact East-West Therapy today at 213-880-8262 and schedule a complimentary initial teletherapy session with Dr. William Conti and his associates. You deserve a holiday free of stress, guilt and anger- now is the time to make the change that will bring the “happy” back to your holidays!

The Benefits of Teletherapy To Improve Mental Awareness in The Digital Age

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Teletherapy | 0 comments

Getting the proper mental assistance that you need is a chore. There’s insurance to deal with, public transit mishaps that slow you down or make you miss your appointments, and then there’s the effort to actually remember your appointment. Life gets messy. That’s why East-West is committed to your schedule; not the other way around.

What Is The Benefit of Virtual Therapy (Teletherapy)?

It’s the solution to every time you were running late, or every time you had to miss an appointment because you were sick or your car broke down. Teletherapy is essentially the proper help you need, but without having to travel to get it. The day-to-day operations of work, family life, and trying to maintain your compose are all extremely stressful, and strenuous processes. East-West gives you the comfort to sit on the couch in alternate weather conditions, relax in your pajamas, and still talk one-on-one with a licensed, practicing therapist.

Fitting Your Schedule

If you have a one-hour lunch break, but depression is getting the better of you, and you’re not even sure you want to leave the office, or eat for that matter, East-West is there. Use that hour to talk with a licensed therapist to power through the rest of your day. Every single day, we’re constantly told to be faster, to be more productive, and with technology constantly getting in the way, things get confusing and frustrating. The benefits of the digital age should greatly outweigh the downsides, but they don’t. The few benefits that you can capitalize on should make the best impact imaginable, like your choice for mental health.

Pressing The “Off Button”

There’s two ways to go about this: physically power down your devices. Those pesky IoT components that are constantly buzzing with notifications, email alerts, and everything in between—at the same time, press the off button on your stress. Give yourself the quiet, tech-free zone to relax in. The only thing you need is your phone, and a bit of uninterrupted time. East-West can give that to you. Shut down without breaking down. Your mental well-being and clarity are top priority—let us help you remember that, and contribute to your mental health.

Contact us at East-West Therapy Hawaii for more information on how we can help you with teletherapy!

Why Teletherapy Is the Best Option for Counseling in 2018

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How Can Teletherapy Benefit You?

We know not everyone can get to their therapy appointments. Whether it’s thickly-settled communities with traffic problems, conflicting schedules with work, or anything in between, life ends up getting in the way. Therapy is an important part of your life—managing your emotions should be the same as getting a good night sleep. We aim to make that happen.

Always Out of Time?

You sit down at the end of the day, emotionally exhausted, physically drained, and you wonder where all the time went. If you can’t get to an office, scheduling a teletherapy call is the next best thing. With real counselors on the line, you’re still getting the same experience as if you were in a physical location, all at your leisure. Scheduling your appointment can be done from your phone, and so can you sessions. The convenience is invaluable.

Simplistic Confidentiality

Everything between you and your counselor is 100% private, as you would expect at any un-office appointment, but we know that getting used to a new counselor can be a bit of a trial. When you take away the face to face interaction, the nervousness and anxiety of entrusting someone new goes with it. It’s easier to connect over the phone.

Effective Treatment Without The Hassle

Studies have shown that teletherapy conversations can offer the exact same benefits of in-office sessions, all on your time, and at your convenience. When you go to an in-office appointment, the only difference during your session is the physical ability to see your therapist in front of you. Think about this: in-office visits subject you to vocal responses, and a physical requirement to be in the same room as your therapist. When you take away the office, it’s all about engaging in conversation. Being able to do that over the phone yields the same results.

A Tool Against Depression

Sometimes, depression’s tendrils try to keep you down and deter you from leaving the house, or engaging in social activities. When you use teletherapy means, you can be there for your appointment without having to be there for your appointment. It can be a great tool to bring yourself out of a funk, and get the ball rolling again.

Interested in more information about how teletherapy can help you? Please contact us (231) 880-8262.

How Couples Therapy Helps With Marriage

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. Nobody gets married with the plan of becoming a statistic, but half of them do. Some of these marriages could invariably be saved, through couple’s therapy.

 

Couples therapy has a number of benefits for the couple. It should be noted that they will only see the benefit if they’re willing to do the work. As with any type of therapy couples therapy relies on people to put in to it before they can get something out of it.

 

As a couple attends therapy, together and separately, they should start to view the relationship differently. When a couple starts therapy, they view the relationship a specific way. They will often blame each other for things. Their therapist will help them look at the relationship differently. The details vary greatly by couple and therapist, but the change in mindset is essential to change the direction of the relationship.

 

A couple should start to behave differently, especially towards each other, through the course of counseling. Harmful behavior should fade. They should start to support each other instead, displaying healthier behavior as they move closer to reconciliation.

 

Many times, lack of communication can be found at or near the root of relationship problems. Therapy will help the couple find way to communicate better. The couple should stop avoiding each other and become emotionally available to each other again as they work with their therapist.

 

Eventually therapy needs to focus on the good. While solving the bad is a goal, for long-term strength in the relationship the couple needs to learn to focus on the good as well. Focusing on the good in the relationship should help restore the joy a couple had early on – when they only saw the good in each other.

If you are facing tough times in your relationship East-West Therapy Hawaii wants to help. With over 20 years of experience Dr. William Conti, PhD has seen couples in a worse spot than you. Don’t try to go it alone, contact us today to start the process of healing in your relationship.

Does Your Spouse Have Depression & What to Do

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Seeing a loved one in pain is hard. It can be especially hard if there seems to be nothing you can do to help them. Often when a person is afflicted with true clinical depression there is nothing they can identify as the problem, resulting in nothing their loved ones can do to help them. This can get especially bad between spouses, and may start a couple down the path of divorce if left untreated. Depression Counseling can help. Read on to learn more. 

 

When helping your spouse with depression it’s important to be ready yourself. Without preparing to help them, you could easily start to develop some of the same symptoms as them. Allow people close to you to help you through this difficult time in your life.

 

Reach out to your spouse, acknowledging they have a medical condition. It’s important not to blame them, or tell them they need mental help. Emphasis the condition is medical and that you are there to help them however they need it. Validate their feelings and guide them to the proper professional to help them through this time in their life.

 

The most important thing is to go through this together. Be there for your spouse as part of the solution. Don’t send them off for help, or treat them as part of the problem. The statistics are on your side, depression treatment has a very high success rate.

 

Once symptoms are clearing up be sure to keep an eye out for them to return. Depression has a very high relapse rate. Every time it comes back it needs to be treated just the same, as a medical issue that you work together on as a couple.

 

Throughout all of this work with a professional. Don’t try to deal with these things alone. They will guide you both through the choices you have, equipping you with tools that can help along the way.

If you or your spouse is fighting depression in the greater Honolulu, HI area then contact us at East-West Therapy Hawaii. You can start with a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your specific situation and hear how I can help.

3 Ways Technology Can Negatively Impact Your Relationship

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Blog, Couples Therapy, Life Tips | 0 comments

Technology is amazing. Over the last century or so technology has brought us closer together through reduced travel times, more communication options, and more varied shared experiences. More recently technology has also been driving people apart, especially those in a close relationship.

Slowing Real Life Dating

Online dating generally leads to people courting longer. The time between meeting online and meeting in person is a time filled with fantasy and possibility. As soon as that in person meeting happens some of the mystery is dispelled. Everything gets much more real in real life. Many people delay the real-life meeting as long as possible to enjoy the fantasy for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the longer the fantasy lives on, the more likely real life is to disappoint.

Distraction

Many people have developed an instinctive response to their cell phones. They’ll have it in their hand checking it when it makes a noise, often without even realizing they’re doing it. Where the telephone invited people to interrupt our home life unannounced with a ring, smartphones invite the entire world to our every moment with no warning. We’ve responded by paying attention to that world, often at the expense of the people we are physically near. Many people are so distracted by their phones they are prone to anxiety when they don’t have them near.

Temptation

Phones, tablets, and the Internet. It is easier than ever to be tempted, fall prey to temptation, and hide it from a significant other. Many people spend time fantasizing about options beyond their significant other. This in and of itself isn’t necessarily unhealthy. What drives people apart is to take these fantasies anywhere outside the mind. While some may claim it’s a logical fallacy, human nature is for that slippery slope to lead all the way down. The ease in taking that next step towards cheating on our partners is much easier to take with modern technology than it has been in the past.

If there’s something, technology or not, coming between you and your partner Dr. William Conti, PhD can help. At East-West Therapy in Honolulu can help any couple through tough spots in their relationship.