Home-based Counseling

Ask the Experts by Natalie Thompson

Q: I have been considering therapy for quite some time. However, with my schedule, I don't know how I could find the time. I'm also concerned about feeling comfortable, or making it public that I am seeking help. I've heard of home-based counseling but assume there are specific criteria to be eligible? Is this an option for me?

A: Remember back in the day when doctors made house calls? This type of modality is making a steady comeback and now those who wish to receive therapeutic services in the privacy of their own homes are getting their cake and eating it too.

Home-based counseling offers an alternative method of receiving outpatient therapy. In-home counseling eliminates the stigma for those who prefer not to be seen coming and going from a therapist's office. Likewise, clients have reported enjoying the flexibility of being able to make appointment times that are conducive to their schedule.

Providing this option to my clients has enabled us to develop therapeutic rapport more rapidly as many of them report feeling more comfortable and relaxed in their own surroundings. This comfort can permit progress or healing to occur at a faster pace. This approach allows your therapist to learn more about their own environment which may not have been seen in a traditional outpatient setting. It also allows for more practical and realistic therapy interventions that are specifically tailored to your individual and/or family's needs.

If you feel you could benefit from home-based counseling, check to see if the service is available in your area. I recommend visiting psychologytoday.com or familycenterweb.org. You can search for therapists in your area, read a short bio describing their practice and expertise, if they accept insurance or what their out-of-pocket rates may be.

Natalie Thompson, LMSW, is the owner of thrive In-Home Counseling. thrive In-Home Counseling provides intensive home-based individual and family counseling, home-based parent coaching, group parenting classes as well as outpatient therapy. Natalie is a member of The Family Center's Association of Professionals and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 313.570.2553

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