Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Therapy via Skype? More therapists stay mobile with new technology


LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Linda Martin is well into her 60s, but that doesn't mean she's behind in the digital age.

A longtime mental health counselor in the Bradenton area, Martin is using new media to operate her counseling practice and accommodate clients in the ever-changing digital world.

From her office in Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch, while on vacation out of state, or even at home, Martin can hold sessions with patients through new communications venues. Going mobile has also benefitted patients who can avoid canceling appointments, Martin says, and make or cancel appointments online.

Martin says she was always computer savvy, but was encouraged to expand her business through new media after taking a technology course at State College of Florida.

"It's a way of expanding the business, but doing it in a way where I can work more efficiently as one person," she said.

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