What is Trucker Therapy?

When I first started out as a mental health therapist, I found that I had several clients who were truckers.  Quickly, I realized that my clients were unable to keep appointments because they were out on the road.  Therapy was quickly ineffective for them.

I also had clients who would take weeks off work (usually unpaid, of course) so they were able to see me for weekly office visits.  This was also not very helpful to the client.

I knew there needed to be a more effective means to help the truckers.  After a great deal of thought, I remembered my skills of volunteering at a crisis hotline (more than 500 hours).  I started networking with the trucking community by leaving business cards at truck stops and through word of mouth.  Then, Twitter and Facebook started to become more popular.  Now, I’m proud to say that I talk with truckers every day who are seeking help, as well having casual conversations over Facebook and Twitter.

Not only do truckers suffer from having great difficulty accessing therapy and other healthcare, but there are many problems related to the profession itself.  For example, truckers have a high rate of depression related to the isolation of being out on the road for days and weeks on-end.  Because most people are social creatures, the isolation of driving a truck can really take a toll on one’s mental health.  Also, relationship problems are very frequent, as well.  It is very difficult to keep a relationship going when one is away from home for extended periods of time.  As there are more arguments and/or isolation with the trucker’s loved ones, life becomes more and more stressful.  Dispatchers, receivers, and all of the four wheelers on the road only compound the stress.

What is Trucker Therapy? Trucker Therapy uses phone and Skype so the trucker can stay on the road and improve themselves at the same time. Couples can also work on their relationship, either with teams or when the trucker is on the road and the other is at home.  For couples that are away from one another, I use conference calls and/or Skype. For those who are passing through, visits are also available in my Lafayette, Indiana office.  Anger, Stress, and Relationships are the primary focus of trucker therapy, but many other issues may be discussed.

Trucker Therapy is only part of what I do.  I also work in private practice where I see people in my office for anger management, anxiety, and couples therapy.  I am also active in the community by giving trainings to other healthcare providers and the general public on these topics.

Is Online Coaching Right for Me?

Online coaching is different from counseling or therapy because it is not face to face and cannot provide that high level of care. However, online coaching is great for those who have questions or want to learn how to manage anger, anxiety, depression, or learn how to have a better relationship.

Online coaching can be done via email, chat, webcam, or telephone. Any of these methods can be a great alternative to an office visit. The benefits include working around your schedule by utilizing sessions of an evening and late night. There is also increased privacy as a result of not having to come to a clinic and be seen by others. Online coaching is also very beneficial for people who are not yet ready to come to therapy or are unable to do so because of their busy schedule or a disability. The cost of online coaching is significantly less than that of a traditional therapy session because of lowered rates and the amount of travel time that is saved.

Online coaching is a fantastic way to see if you like what I have to offer. If you like what you get, you might want to come in for a face to face session. If you don’t like how things are working out, then I can provide you with another therapist who could be of help.

You might be wondering about long distance charges. I will call you if you live in the US or Canada. If you have an ATT cell phone, I will use my ATT phone to call you so that it does not count against your anytime minutes.

Skype Therapy

Skype is a unique way to provide therapy services for many different reasons. Just think about the ease of having a therapy session without leaving the house. It also increases privacy because you know no one will see you in a waiting room or walking into a clinic. It is also important to mention that you save time and travel expenses.

Skype allows for both the client and therapist to see and hear one another via the internet. Although face to face therapy is usually the most beneficial, Skype is a great alternative due to its flexibility and (usually) high quality of voice and video. I prefer a skype call over a telephone call because it really does sound much more clear!

Many people are often leery of a Skype session and would rather make office visits. I invite you to talk with me for a free 15 minute mini-session to see how you like it.

Anger management, stress management, sexuality issues and even couples therapy are all great topics for Skype therapy.

Getting the Most out of Skype Therapy

When clients talk with me via phone or Skype, there are often things they can do to better their experience. I want you to get the most out of your session, so please look over these tips.

Tips for bettering your session:

  • Treat this session the same as you would if you were in my office.
  • Put the appointment on your calendar so it is not a surprise when I call you! (this happens a lot)
  • Make sure you are in a quiet place, which is free from distractions.
  • Don’t drive and talk!
  • Keep yourself focused during the discussion…don’t try to do housework or surf the web.
  • Give yourself 30 minutes before and after the session to think about our discussion.
  • If you disagree with something I say, speak your mind! The last thing I want is for you to just quit talking with me because you are upset. Who knows, maybe I misheard you, which caused my response to be wrong.
  • Remember that some body language is missed over Skype (and all of it on the phone), so please don’t be afraid to be more verbally expressive.