Jane R. Coyle, LCSW

 

Specializing in the Treatment of Anxiety 
Appointment Options                                                                                                              
If you visit me, you can see the visual comfort food for yourself.  Bonnie Bolton and Tim Sanchez, two artist friends of mine, lend me their extraordinary pieces for my office. Here is a Sanchez:
















And here is a Bolton:



-- Free one-half hour first-time phone consultations, call 772-569-0716 or email me


--  In-office 50 or 80 minute appointments
  • Pro:   these allow for highly effective treatment, especially if done on a weekly basis
  • Con:  more difficult for treatment of couples and families due to time constraint

-- Phone appointment (50 minutes)
  • Pros:  saves time and money on gas; provides excellent "checking in" format; you don't have to be in Vero Beach; you don't have to do your hair
  • Cons: facial expressions and body language absent

-- Extended Fix It Now sessions (can be up to three hours)
  • Pros: highly effective for couples;  also for individuals in working through anxiety "triggers"; good for clients living at a distance from Vero Beach; good for those whose schedules make weekly appointments difficult; less expensive than hourly treatment rate
  • Cons: requires stamina for intensive work

-- Skype and iChat video appointments 
  • Pros:  saves time and money on gas; provides for face-to-face counseling even at a distance; can be 25 or 50 minute sessions
  • Cons:  requires familiarity with Skype and/or iChat (Macintosh only) programs; you may have to do your hair
  • To prepare for a Skype video appointment, you will need to install Skype on your computer.  If you are as technophobic as I am, you are probably getting anxious right about now. But, hey, what's to lose?  We can always have a phone appointment if Skype doesn't work. So why not give Skype a try?  Click on this.  The Skype homepage should show up. When it does, click on the green "Download" button. A new window will open up, which on the bar on the right will say "For your computer." Under that you will see "Windows" etc. Click on the one which corresponds to your operating system (if you don't have an Apple product, yours is most likely operating as a Windows system, so click that.) You will soon get a pop-up window. Click the "Run" button. That will start the download and install process. Once it has installed, Skype will ask you to create an account. That needs only some basic info. Once you have done that, Skype will automatically assign you a Skype name. So when someone (such as your therapist) wants to have a video talk with you, she will open up her Skype application, input your real name, and Skype will give her your Skype name. Then she will double-click on your Skype name, and she will ring you up. Your video chat will then begin.  
  • iChat, if you have a Mac, is somewhat easier.  Just double-click on the iChat icon in the dock and it will begin the process of setting up your account. 
  • Doing your hair is your choice.  

-- If you choose to use my help, you may download the directions to my office and the materials to get us started here

Scamming the Shrink

In the words of Thomas Friedman, the Internet has "flattened the world." That's good thing: A teen in Mumbai has the same access to research as a student at Harvard.

The Internet can also bring bad things. Scammers love its worldwide reach and hide in its anonymity. Here's a new scam, which I am posting to warn my fellow practitioners.

I got an email, well-written, from a man who said he was American but was now living in England. He had seen my website. He said he would be visiting Florida over the holidays and had some issues he wanted to see me about. Would I make five appointments for him, he asked?

I emailed him back and said that I would be willing to see him. In reply, he wrote that he would send me a check in advance to cover the cost of the therapy. 

Sure enough, a check for $3000 arrived in the mail. That amount was far more than the projected cost of the therapy. The check itself was badly rendered and looked fake. I was suspicious at that point. 

The client then did not show up for his first appointment. That raised my suspicions. I contacted the Vero Beach police. They were most thorough in taking my report and told me to string the "client" along. Soon after, I got an email from the "client" saying that he was sorry to have missed the appointment. And, by the way, his associate had sent the check and had made it out for too much money. Could I deduct the cost of the missed appointment, plus a couple of hundred dollars for my trouble, and send him a check for the difference? Oh, and when he received my check, he would be able to get to America and would want to see me in therapy.

When I did not send him the check, he did not respond to any further emails. Other than not being able to book a client for that bogus appointment who really did need my help, no harm done. The scammer moved on, no doubt, to another therapist who had a website. 

Therapist, beware.

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