Online Counseling Services
At Garrett Counseling, we know that making it to an office for in-person counseling sessions can be a barrier to getting the mental health treatment you want and need! That’s why we are proud to offer online counseling to clients throughout the state of Alabama. We also know that reaching out to a counselor for mental health or relationship concerns can feel intimidating. Our caring team members will walk with you every step of the way – from your first phone call to your last appointment. Our mission is to provide you with exceptional mental healthcare that enhances your quality of life with innovation and compassion.
How We Can Help
Garrett Counseling’s online counseling team assists children, teens, adults, couples, and families with a wide range of mental health concerns. We are an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP). We can assist you or your family with:
- ADHD (including ADHD assessments for adults, teens, and children)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Career Counseling
- Couples Counseling
- Family Conflict
- Life Transitions
- Marriage Counseling
- Parenting Concerns
- Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum Concerns
- Premarital Counseling
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sex Therapy
- Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Contact Garrett Counseling
(256) 239-5662 | Phone
New Clients: email@example.com
Existing Clients: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Choose Garrett Counseling – Telehealth?
Garrett Counseling’s telehealth services are unique because we provide extensive career counseling for seniors, young adults, and second career adults. We are an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP). With our ADHD certification, we are able to provide quality care for those with ADHD, as well as ADHD assessments for children, teens, and adults. Play Therapy is a passion of our team, as we see the benefits it provides to children, teens, and adults, even when using online platforms for counseling. Because of that passion, all of our counselors are trained at Level II Sandtray for both children and adults. With online counseling at Garrett Counseling, our counselors will meet you where you are and walk alongside you on your journey to mental wellness and healthy relationships.
Our telehealth counseling team specializes in several therapeutic approaches, and they will customize your treatment to meet your unique needs. Some of the counseling methods our team uses include:
Our telehealth team provides extensive career counseling for seniors, young adults, and second career adults.
For clients who desire a counseling experience that incorporates their Christian faith, we have counselors on our team trained to provide a clinical setting that combines spiritual and psychological principles.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common form of talk therapy. With CBT, clients will work with their counselor to uncover negative thinking and work to view circumstances in a healthier way. CBT is used to treat a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is another form of talk therapy that is based on CBT. DBT is commonly used with people who intensely experience emotions. Much like CBT, DBT can be used to treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that helps clients heal from experiencing traumatic or disturbing experiences. EMDR is most commonly used with clients experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Family Systems Therapy is a form of psychotherapy dedicated to helping clients with concerns that stem from family. The family will work – individually and collectively – to address concerns that impact one or all of the family unit’s members.
Motivational Interviewing is a form of therapy used to assist clients in gaining the motivation they need to change their behavior. Motivational interviewing can be beneficial for clients facing a wide range of changes including smoking, health care, and breaking free from harmful habits.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a therapy primarily used for children with behavioral problems. With PCIT, the parent, with the guidance of the counselor, is very involved in the therapy sessions.
Play Therapy (Available for children, teens, AND adults)
Play Therapy is a form of therapy where play is the primary method of communication. At Garrett Counseling in Huntsville, AL, we believe play can benefit clients of all ages – even adults! Play therapy can be beneficial in treating behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. Play therapy incorporates toys, games, role-playing, and other elements in the sessions. Garrett Counseling is a Certified AutPlay Therapy providing making us specially trained to work with neurodivergent clients and their families.
Sandplay Therapy (All counselors at our Huntsville location are trained at Level Two Sandtray for working with adults and children)
Sandplay Therapy incorporates the use of sand and toy figures in the therapy sessions. The client will use the figures to create scenes in the sandtray, and the scenes and figures serve as a way for the client to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and understanding of their world. Sandtray can be especially beneficial for clients who have experienced trauma, as well as those with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. Much like Play Therapy, Sandtray is beneficial for clients of all ages – including adults!
Sex Therapy is a method of therapy that focuses on concerns (medical concerns, psychological concerns, etc.) that impact sexual health. The client will talk about their concerns with their counselor and work to on coping mechanisms to create a healtheir sex life. Sex therapy can involve just the client or the client and their partner. The counselor can work with the client to discuss which option is best.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)/Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a unique method of therapy that puts the focus on a client’s current and future moments, rather than a client’s past.
Trauma Focused Therapy
Trauma Focused Therapy focuses on the impact experiencing trauma can have a client’s overall health. This method of therapy will help provide client’s with healthier coping skills and healthier methods of processing their trauma.
Online Counseling Services
Preparing For An Online Counseling Session
Before in-person therapy ever happens, the space for therapy has already been prepared in a way that will give you the greatest confidentiality and make the environment as comfortable as possible. However, before online therapy can take place, YOU need to prepare your environment! Below are some things to consider when preparing for an online counseling session:
Find A Space
- Is the space private?
- Can you lock the door? If not, will others who have access to the space respect your privacy and not enter the room?
- Can you/have you had a conversation with them? Were they receptive?
- Can others outside the room hear you talking? If so, can you create white noise with a fan or other form of background noise? (Preferably placed outside the doorway of the room you’re in)
- Consider using headphones or earbuds so that your provider’s voice is kept private and is only hearable by you
If you have a hard time finding confidential space, here are some examples that others have used. These are not ideal but should be considered secondary choices if an ideal setup is not available. If you use any of these, please make sure that the space is comfortable for you. Being comfortable is also highly important – Laundry Room; Walk-In-Closet; Basement; Attic; or Actual last resort: your car, parked in a safe, private spot. (We want to emphasize that private does not mean secluded. Please make sure you are in a safe location)
Address Technology Needs
- A laptop or desktop computer is ideal — preferably the biggest screen size that you have available to you (that you can also have in a comfortable, confidential space)
- Whatever device you’re using, please make sure that the camera is about level with your eyes. It may require propping up your device or monitor on other items, such as books.
- Please make sure that your space is well lit and don’t have a bright light source directly behind you.
- Be sure to move your computer as close as you can to your WiFi router (the box that makes the WiFi.) Or better yet — plug your computer into the router with a cable!
- CLEAR YOUR INTERNET: Don’t have any other pages, sites, or programs running during your session. Close out of any programs you don’t need which use your Internet connection.
Think About When You CAN NOT Have A Session
You will not be able to have a session when: you are driving, you are with others in the same room or car, or when you are intoxicated to the point where you are not able to hold a conversation that is productive for therapy. Should any of these instances occur during the scheduled therapy time your counselor will end the session and you will be charged for the hour.
Insurance & Financial Information
We know financial concerns can be a barrier when deciding to begin your counseling journey. We accept many major insurances, and we have several options for private pay clients. We also partner with organizations to offer low or no cost services to those in need. Contact our office for specific questions about insurance and other finance questions.
*Every insurance policy has different telehealth coverage. Call our office to find out what your telehealth options are.
*Please note that we do not accept Alabama Medicaid for telehealth appointments.
For private pay clients, we accept American Express, Cash, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa.
Meet Our Alabama Online Counseling Team
Shalonda Gaddis, EdD, LPC
Dr. Ashley L. Garrett
Suzy Mitchell, LPC
Jamie Thompson, LICSW
LaTasha Toney, LICSW, PIP
A word from our Online Counseling team:
“I have been providing telehealth exclusively for over a year and the experience has been overall very positive. One of the main benefits is that it allows clients to receive counseling services from their home or other private place, which can be more time efficient than going to an outpatient office. Some clients find that participating in counseling online is less threatening or intimidating if they have not experienced counseling before. People in remote areas can participate in online counseling without spending extra time and money getting to the appointment. There seems to be more flexibility when scheduling appointments with clients because they only have to plan an hour out of their busy schedule. Many of my clients have expressed that online therapy has allowed them to fit counseling into a hectic schedule.” – Suzy Mitchell, LPC
“Counseling is a place to share your story and develop skills in order to live a life worth living. I know that beginning counseling is a big decision and often it can seem difficult to make time in our schedules for counseling. I want to encourage you to consider online counseling and assure you that you will be met with a compassionate, caring counselor.” – LaTasha Toney, LICSW, PIP