I want people to feel like they are messaging a trusted, compassionate confidante whenever they want, about whatever they need help or support with, BUT.... I want them to receive the thoughtful, wise, supportive, non-judgmental, non-reactive, and educated responses that we all wish we received from the people we know, but are better delivered by our therapists. That's where THERA-TEXTING with me comes in. Now you have the choice to message me, instead.
What to expect when you sign up:
* If you are already my client, you can just text me and let me know that you want to start this, and I will send you the links to get going easily.
1. Click the orange button that says "Request appointment" (below) or go to main page: www.slonewbeginnings.com
2. Select the Thera-Text Me Subscription!
3. Click the Thera-Text Appointment Location Arroyo Grande, CA. (YOU must live in California)
4. Next, Choose ANY time today/tomorrow. This doesn't matter- don't stress. If you request a time, I know you're just trying to start Thera-Text with me!
5. Next, choose if you're starting your program for just you OR you+a partner (you're a couple)
6. Add your contact info and your credit card info. (used to bill your 100$ a month + extra charges depending on amount of messages used)
Example of subscription cost:
Client A uses Thera-Text for 7 different message-sessions: They’re subscription costs 121$ that month.
Client B uses Thera-Text three times a week, totaling 136$ that month.
Couple C uses Thera-Text only twice this month= $106$
Couple D uses Thera-Text EVERY DAY of the month, so their subscription costs 190$ this month.
7. Your therapist will send you Informed Consent paperwork to sign, and some brief assessments to fill out to make sure Thera-Texting is appropriate
8. You will receive a welcome text from Spruce (a secure messaging app.) to sign up and start messaging with your therapist!
the story behind Thera-Texting:
So many of my clients tell me that they wish they could talk to me between sessions, and I get it. Sometimes you want support during stressful, confusing, or overwhelming moments, but you don't necessarily want or need to schedule and pay for an entire therapy session each time. I understand, and so I’ve created a way for us to message back and forth: This is a service for you to message your thoughts, feelings, worries, and problems to your therapist without ever having to schedule an appointment, and without the price tag of traditional weekly sessions. Trust me: An hour of attention and connection from a one-on-one therapy session IS worth it, and a totally different quality of treatment. This isn't the same thing as traditional therapy, because sometimes we don't need or want what's been traditionally offered. So, if you are not ready to commit/ do not need weekly therapy sessions, or want something in-between sessions and want to make some changes with professional and confidential support- try texting with me.
You can commit to my personalized support platform for 100$ a month. This allows me to make time in my schedule to support you through writing, voice recordings (I'll send you a voice recording replying to what you've told me/asked), weekly support prompts and other life enhancing behavioral hacks, and so on. Every week, I will send you things like guided reflections, new skills, habits, and thought patterns to change your behavior and thinking patterns to improve your life (sometimes they will be personalized to just you, sometimes they will be awesome content that I think will benefit everyone I know). I will send you journal or letter writing prompts that will hopefully be thought provoking and inspire more self-awareness, intentionality in how you live your life, and how connected and happy you are with your relationships and yourself. You will be able to text me throughout your week with reflections, questions, thoughts, confessions, or about your stress, relationship troubles, anxiety, worry, or grief, just like you would bring things up in therapy.
Each message exchange will be 3$, and encourage you to grow, develop, and feel better while offering a combination of suggestions, insight, education, validation and compassion- Again, you'll receive similar responses from me as you would in therapy, except you'll receive them through voice memos, messages, and sometimes suggestions to read or do an activity. Your messages from me won’t always come right away, sometimes I’ll need to get back to you by the end of the work day, or the next morning, just like a busy friend. You will either have a couples account or an individual account (couples accounts are billed as ONE account, but it must be treated as such. If I determine that both partners are using the account similar to individual accounts, I will reach out personally and we can discuss options). You will be trusting me to determine when a message thread is completed, and send you a note to let you know that I consider our "message-session" complete, so that you know that continuing on will result in a new "message-session", and therefore, a new 3$ charge. Some clients or couples will use this service daily, and some will only use it every couple of weeks- so this method works to allow those who use it less to pay a low base price, and those who want to use it frequently to pay as they go. On the weeks that you don't feel the need to reach out and message, you will still receive your prompts and messages from me at no additional charge.
To start thera-texting with me, click the orange link below. This link will take you to my Electronic Health Record portal (Simple Practice), where you will make an appointment for Thera-Text. I will send you a brief assessment and informed consent before we get started. These help me to get to know you better and make sure that text and virtual therapy is the right fit for you. Once you fill these out, and I have approved you, your credit card will be charged for your subscription, and you'll receive your first message from me. You can cancel or pause at any time (You must message me to let me know you'd like to cancel; Thera-Texting openings are first come, first serve, and I cannot guarantee that a spot will be available when you want to return). If you cancel during a month that you've already been charged for, you will still have access to your services until that billing cycle completes. If at any time you want added support, you can request to schedule an appointment for a therapy session in-person or virtually, and I will schedule you for an appointment, or provide thoughtful referrals as needed. This is for California residents only, and you must be eighteen years or older. This service is not suitable for those suffering from suicidal or homicidal ideation, self harm, active addiction, or any other immediate crisis. This is NOT a 24-hour crisis hotline, and you should not expect to receive immediate responses.