10 years ago I never would've had clients in these states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington AND these countries: Afghanistan, Canada (Alberta and Ontario), England, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, ALL of whom I've been able to work with from the comfort of my own office and that they've been able to work with me from the comfort of their own homes or offices.
"Continuity of Care" and "Client-Centered" Realized
In the past it was local or nothing. Now my clients can choose who they work with. They can have real "continuity of care" rather than hope they find a good therapist when they move (and as we know, most don't make that transition to a new therapist successfully, and more than often drop out of counseling altogether). They no longer have to start over with someone new and tell their whole story fresh again. They have the freedom of continuing the work they began. And new clients from these places get to access who they want to work with. It is truly making it more and more client-centered, which is what we believe in this field, but sometimes isn't realized. Technology is giving my clients more choice and with choice comes power.
I am truly grateful for amazing technology and ALL the brilliant minds that have come together to make this all so "easy." Due props to all you awesome geeks and nerds out there!