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Online Counseling for Adult Development & Wellness

Just Now Therapy offers mental health services for adults who are seeking individual counseling. Sessions are conducted via online video from your browser. No driving to a physical location. No waiting rooms. Just hop on to your computer, phone, or tablet from any private location you choose.

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Counseling at JNT

Chris Sims, M.S., M.A., LPC is a licensed psychotherapist in Pennsylvania. He holds two master's degrees in psychology and has over eight years experience in professional practice.

In addition to his professional work he has participated in a number of outreach events, and conducts on-going research on the topics related to complex PTSD, sexual abuse, and personality.


I am genuinely excited that you are here right now for counseling, which is the next step towards your well-being. Taking a step into the unknown is daunting but also rewarding. There's no time like the present to start living your best life. Wouldn't you agree?

-Chris

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of common concerns and questions for people who have had online therapy. If you have further questions, please contact me.

Online therapy (also called Teletherapy or Telehealth) works exactly the same as in-person therapy, with the only difference being the location. For online therapy, we'll meet virtually in a browser rather than in a physical location.

Starting therapy is an important decision; it can be one of the most important experiences in one's life, but it can also feel scary to start with a new therapist, especially if you've never had therapy or if you've had bad experiences with prior therapists.

I've worked with people who have had a wide range of mental health experiences, such as ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQ+, PTSD, relationship conflicts, trauma (e.g. childhood sexual abuse), transitions in life, and so many more. But you don't have to have a specific identifiable concern to come to therapy. There is always room for growth.

At this time, I only see individuals who are 18 years or older.

Most of the time we talk about your particular concerns, reasons for seeking treatment, and your goals. We will attempt to identify your strengths, areas for improvement, and potential approaches which may be useful in your positive growth. The cool part of therapy is that you are in total control (but that's also the hard part!). People can use sessions to meditate, cry, talk about past traumas, chit-chat...and sometimes people have no idea what to talk about. That's all okay!

I enjoy the depth, creativity, and inspiration that you bring. My job is to be present and to be aware; I will listen and at times provide you with my observations and suggestions, if you want them.

Everyone has areas for improvement. The willingness to seek out professional guidance reflects courage, an ability to grow, the readiness for change, and an openness to be more conscious about one's self. Self-improvement is the first step towards making the world a better place, and I'm honored to be a part of your contribution.

I will never judge you as a person, and it's not my place to tell you what to do. I use my professional training and experience to help people discover who they truly are and how they can live a more fulfilling and enjoyable life. I can offer suggestions and we can brainstorm options, but you are free to agree or disagree with any suggestion. Therapy is not about focusing on negatives; we will explore the strengths and positive qualities that you already possess to see how you can take better advantage of them.

Often people seek therapy because they have been betrayed by others in the past. That can make it hard to trust again. Trust is so important in all relationships, including the confidential relationship between you and your therapist. But I don't expect you to trust me from Day One; I know I have to earn your trust. As you become more comfortable with the process, it will become easier to consider opening up.

It is true that we can't go back and change what happened in the past. The present is the only thing we have control over. Often, though, the past continues to have an influence in the present because things that happened long ago are still bothering us, even though right now we may be unaware of that influence. Until we find closure, those past experiences can remain open and raw in our feelings and thoughts. That's when it's important to revisit those past experiences to see what is unhealed.

Often people can get "stuck" in a particular situation or problem, especially when that problem has been going on for a long time or feels permanent. Even though feeling hopeless is a valid emotion in the moment, that doesn't mean it reflects the truth or what will happen in the future. We cannot control other people or what life throws at us, but we can still take healthy decisions that make a powerful and positive difference in our lives.

As often as you'd like. There is no wrong way to move forward. Some people schedule one at a time. Some people set up a routine. Some people do bursts of 3 or 4 and then take a few months to think about things and then come back for another burst. Make it work however you want to.

If you're unsure of how to start, try scheduling weekly or every-other-week. Once a week is a sprint. Every-other-week is a brisk jog. Either way, we'll get somewhere. And once we get some momentum, it'll probably be appropriate to slow down.

The total amount that you will pay depends on whether you're paying with your health insurance or out-of-pocket. Some people pay a co-pay each session, and others have a yearly deductible to meet before insurance will cover the cost. Send me a photo of your insurance card along with your DOB and I can give you an idea of what therapy will cost for you.

I'm currently 'in-network' with the following: Geisinger, Highmark, Humana, Optum

Contact

If you have a question for me about online therapy, please email me. I will get back to you as soon as possile, usually within a few business days.

chris@justnowtherapy.com

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