Need coach courses? ICF and BCC Approved!

April 18th, 2014   •   no comments   


OCI ILCTThe latest ILCT newsletter featured discounts on coach courses that may be of interest to you if you are a coach or a coach in training!

If you are seeking coach training that is ICF approved we always refer folks to our partners at The Insitute for Life Coach Training (ILCT).  ILCT is an ICF and BCC approved school and our self-directed courses here at OTI (also BCC approved) are offered through ICLT.


Our partnership with ILCT continues to grow and that means great opportunities and savings for you! In their latest email newsletter these courses and discounts are mentioned. Take a look- good stuff for BCC credentialed coaches!




Coaching and Psychotherapy: Paradigm Distinctions and Best Practices

Register Here before April 20, and receive a 10% discount by entering BCC10 in the coupon code box and hitting the apply button. (Only applies to new registrations.)

Self-Directed Ethics Courses for BCC Renewal

Use the same code (BCC10) to sign up for Ethics for Therapist Coaches or Introduction to Online Coaching and save 10%, but only until April 20th.

Save $25 on currently available electives.

If you register for any of our electives listed on Upcoming Classes before April 30th, you can receive a $25 discount using coupon code E25 (don’t forget to hit the apply button). (Only applies to new registrations.)


Online Services – My Evolution

April 17th, 2014   •   no comments   

student spotlight columnIn 1997, I was in the process of completing my second year field placement as a Master of Social Work student. At that time, I remember hearing about email therapy and one day I was talking to one of my peers about it. She was flabbergasted about it and didn’t want it to gain popularity. I remember having several simultaneous thoughts: that it was impersonal and unethical, or that maybe I was being closed minded and hadn’t considered the potential benefits of it and that it would become a lot more common if for no other reason than it being more convenient than driving to an office location.

Since that time, I have periodically thought about incorporating online services but still didn’t feel completely at ease about it. I continued to have concerns about liability and ethics and also worried that client privacy could be easily compromised. Between 2003 and 2006, I began to do more research and when I made inquiries about it to my professional association it was clear that it was frowned upon and that some of the policies and laws in regards to online therapy were non-existent or ambiguous. I was told that it was imperative to use encryption and to obtain regular professional consultation about how to incorporate online services ethically.

In 2008, I began to have severe health problems that compromised my immune system and along with many other symptoms I was experiencing debilitating fatigue. Once again, I began to contemplate the use of online services because I had a limited adrenaline reserve and thought that if I provided online services I could conserve some physical energy. I could not afford to be on disability and truly did not want to stop working. I learned about the Online Therapy and Coach Institute’s (OTI/OCI) courses, and began to realize that incorporating online services would take some time unless I did it haphazardly. I was not only concerned with the legalities but it was even more important that I could tell my clients that their sessions would be private.

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This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.

Click here to read the entire PDF version of the Online Services – My Evolution article.

Berta Rodrigues is a psychotherapist licensed in the states of NJ and NY. She provides psychotherapy and life coaching in her West Milford, NJ office. She also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses with Rutgers University and has done trainings with Montclair State University’s Child Welfare Training Partnership. For more about Berta see

Reel Culture- Tech Ettiquette

April 13th, 2014   •   no comments   

Reel Culture ShlainLast spring TILT Magazine featured Tiffany Shlain’s film Connected in the Reel Culture column and guess what? She has another great project out!

We spoke with Tiffany and asked her how she thought her project, The Future Starts Here might be beneficial to therapists and coaches, and without missing a beat she explained how this project is really about humanity and technology- and specifically how we can be mindful with our use of technology in a fast-paced world. She emphasized the importance of finding balance and taking breaks from technology as needed so that the technology does not “take over our lives.”

We agree with Tiffany. We think these are themes that therapists and coaches can relate to both with finding their own balance and guiding clients to find balance as well. Tiffany explores what it means to be human as we rush “head first into the future”. There are 8 episodes, each 3 to 6 minutes long, that employ Tiffany’s award-winning signature style and blend of unique original animation, archival footage, deep research, big ideas, humor, and personal commentary, all set to music in a way that makes it feel like a music video about the important conversations of our day.

… read the complete story ~

This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.

Click here to read the entire PDF version of the Reel Culture article.

Blogging Made Easy

April 7th, 2014   •   no comments   

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Blogging is an important step in growing your professional online presence. Without a doubt, blogging, writing, pushing content into cyberspace is a social media and marketing strategy that is here to stay. So let’s go through a few important points to get you started or re-committed to the concept of blogging.


First, because you have something to say. If you are an expert in a certain area or you have a personal story or testimonial nobody else can say it but you.  Second, because blogging is the easiest way to build a presence on the Internet that is “sticky”- and by sticky, that means people visit your website and have a reason to return.


Weekly. WEEKLY. Minimal. Weekly. Some of us remember a time when garnering a weekly column in the newspaper was quite an accomplishment. Well, your blog is your weekly newspaper column. And you are the editor. So hold yourself accountable and blog on time.


Write. 500 words, give or take. If you don’t think you have original thought- repurpose content on your website or from a source you have permission from to repurpose. Or take a current article or headline- give an excerpt- a 100 or 200 words, with quotes or inset. Do not copy and paste the entire article (search engines give a big boo to this). Example:

Yesterday I read about XYZ in the ABC publication. The article said the following:

Inset here and quote exactly…. and if you don’t inset remember to place the content in quotes. Then end the inset with a link to the original source.  You are making it very clear that what is inset or in quotes is not your original content.

That becomes your middle. Then “top and tail” the middle. Add an introductory paragraph about the topic- Your initial thoughts- and then close with another paragraph summarizing your thoughts on the subject. Poof Done!


Just like a newspaper has to be thrown into the driveways of subscribers and placed on the newstands for people to see, your blog post has to be thrown into the driveways of social media- twitter, facebook, linkedin, pinterest… You might not use all the social media sites but choose at least two and push your content there. Programs and apps exist to help you set up your social media campaign so that when you blog it goes automatically to your social media accounts.

Be sure your blog has a social media plugin so that people can tweet, like and share your content.

Here is a blog template youi might consider when you are writing on a topic or idea that is your sole original content:

And you can download a PDF version here: Blog Template


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How to Create and Publish Your First eBook for Kindle

April 5th, 2014   •   no comments   

Marketing Toolbox 16I recently created and published my first eBook for the Kindle store in Amazon and have found the process rewarding, enjoyable and relatively easy. So I want to share with you some of the basics you need to know to get underway with writing your first eBook.

Firstly, you might be asking why write an eBook to sell on Amazon? Here are a few reasons:

• to broaden the number of people you can reach with your therapy or coaching messages
• to increase your perceived expertise and authority in your chosen niche
• to take of advantage of the world’s second biggest search engine- Amazon- and get lots of free traffic to your product
• people can purchase your product with one easy click and Amazon has hundreds of thousands of customer’s credit cards on file
• to find new leads that can convert into therapy and coaching clients

Getting started with your writing

Firstly, I think it’s important you do some research in Google and Amazon to see who’s already written on your area of expertise of passion. This will give you an overview of what products people will pay for, as well as let you see a range of eBooks or varying quality and quantity. You want to make sure that your eBook provides a solution to a problem. People only buy information products that give them some solution to a current problem, or provide ideas for resolving a current pain. As therapists and coaches, we have an enormous skill set and knowledge about how people can live better lives. Much of this information is a perfect fit for your first eBook.

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This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.

Click here to read the entire PDF version of the How to Create and Publish Your First eBook for Kindle article.

Clinton Power is a Sydney-based Gestalt therapist and the owner of Clinton Power + Associates- a private practice dedicated to helping singles and couples move out of relationship pain. He is also the founder of Australia Counselling Directory, a free directory for finding counsellors and psychologists in Australia. Clinton is also a passionate coach and consultant for healthcare professionals. Find him on Twitter or Google+.

For the Love of Books

March 28th, 2014   •   no comments   

Love of books Cyberspace 1 Baumann“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx,

Cybercultures: Cultures in Cyberspace Communities
Sabine Bauman

Cybercultures: Cultures in Cyberspace Communities is a collection of essays that investigate the interaction of the real and the virtual life and their mutual influence on how members of communities adapt their behaviour in changing contexts. Especially the impact of virtually created identities with regards to personality and identity in real lives is a focal point for continuous exploration of individuals, nations or organisations. Conversations in cyber communities often extend those of the real world to previously unavailable or complicated subjects (both in the sense of topic and/or recipients), including reverse projections of cybercultural expressions and objects to the offline world. Conceptualising the habitat of cyberspaces needs a spatial praxis that ultimately provides orientation in the non-physical and potentially unlimited virtual space through reflections of cybergeography and maps of community networks.

… read the complete story ~

This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.

Click here to read the entire PDF version of the For the Love of Books article.

Technology and Intrusive Thoughts

March 21st, 2014   •   no comments   

Feature 3 Hannif 2This article looks at the nature of bad thoughts that are not wanted, a mental health problem affecting 5% of the population (Baer, 2002). Intrusive thoughts are ‘unwanted thoughts’. For example, people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can experience flashbacks where they recall their experiences (Crosby, 2008). Here I explore how technology can be used to help treat intrusive thoughts. One method that has been used is to challenge the thoughts. Another method is ‘en vivo’ or exposure therapy – exposing people in a safe environment to an extent that it no longer becomes a problem. This has been used to treat problems acquired during wars, post-natal depression and grieving. It also looks at the biology of intrusive thoughts as well as further work.

There is a link between the physiology of the brain and the psychology – as the phrase goes ‘get the head right and the rest follows’. Work on PTSD highlights the use of the ‘amygdala’ which resides in the centre middle of the brain. The amygdala is used in fight or flight responses (Morey et al., 2012). Intrusive thoughts are associated with anger and are activated by the fight response. The amygdala releases a stress hormone which in turn can lead to long-term memory damage and poor decision making if you have sustained anger or anxiety. The fight or flight response is necessary as it is crucial to survival and without it the human race would not have survived, as you have to sometimes flee and sometimes you have to stand up and fight. However, it being used in unnecessary situations such as with PTSD is not good for the brain, physically and mentally.

… read the complete story ~

This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.

Click here to read the entire PDF version of the Technology and Intrusive Thoughts article.

Dr David Haniff has a 1st Class Computer Science degree, MSc in Cognitive Science and Ph.D in Augmented Reality. He has worked as a researcher at the University of Birmingham, Open University and Loughborough University.

What is Kybernetes Reiki?

March 20th, 2014   •   1 comment   

lotus2-286x300Kybernetes Reiki is a Reiki philosophy and method developed by Online Therapy Insittute that recognizes the impact cyberspace and cyberculture has on the healing community.

“Cyber” is a prefix used to describe a person, thing, or idea as part of the computer and information age. The term “cybernetics”  from Ancient Greek origin κυβερνήτης (kybernetes, “steersman, pilot, guide”)  was a word coined by Norbert Wiener in 1948.

We have created a certification that embraces the true Reiki philosophy that Reiki energy – Source energy- transcends time and space and that everyone should have access to the teachings and attunement.

I became a Reiki Master Teacher because I believe in energy, spirit, and healing from a distance and I have a desire to teach others.  Attunement, online or in-person, has the purpose of setting the intention.

I have practiced online therapy and coaching for 15 years so distant healing is not a foreign concept for me. Reiki distant healing is the perfect segue for a spiritual, intuitive and intentional healing process.

Likewise, I believe that distant training and attunement is just as valid as in-person training and attunement. Online Therapy Institute’s Certified Kybernetes Reiki Master course places an emphasis on distant healing and the use of technology, with the understanding that cyberspace is a culture unto its own.

The training also focuses on the ethical implementation of Reiki into the coach, therapist, healer’s repetoire and discusses reliable ways to deliver Reiki via technology, including methods of delivery ranging from email to avatars. Maintaining client confidentiality online is as important to the Reiki practitioner as it is to the medical doctor.

Kyberetes Reiki focuses on the intentional use of Source energy via distance and through cyberspace for the purposes of healing. Reiki energy transcends time and space. All Reiki practitioners agree with this, so doesn’t it make sense that we utilize Reiki online, both practicing and teaching, so that more and more people can experience this gift of Reiki?

The days of having to travel up to or down from the mountain top to receive an in-person attunement are over. We have the technology to reach many people.

To receive the credential of Certified Reiki Master Teacher: Kybernetes Method you must have already completed Reiki I, II & III to Master Teacher Level. Reiki I, II & III training can be obtained here at Online Therapy Institute and we also accept proof of other Reiki training, whether the training was obtained online or in-person.



If you are interested in learning about Reiki to Reiki Level I we offer a very inexpensive 1st level course. We want people to become attuned to Reiki to help themselves and their loved ones. The course is $65 and feedback is offered throughout. Keep in mind, if you are seeking traditional Reiki training, this may not meet your needs. In countries such as the UK, Reiki training and practice is regulated and only in-person training and attunement is accepted, however, our certification may appeal to those traditionally trained as professional development and continuing education. 


Overcoming Concerns and Fears about Technology

March 14th, 2014   •   no comments   

Feature 2 Ireland 3There has been increasing talk about the viability of virtual therapy within the clinical setting. I have been using secure HIPAA and HITECH compliant video teleconferencing, telephone and encrypted emailing for about 4 years. I am a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychotherapist who has been working in the field for over 25 years. The idea of using this type of technology was totally foreign to me as recently as 5 years ago. I would not call myself technology savvy, and in fact I was one of the last hold outs for the use of emails. I remember telling my children “why would I use email when I can just call you on the telephone?” Oh how my world has changed – emails, texting, video teleconferencing, blogging, tweeting, etc.

Let me give you a little bit of my personal history, just to assure the readers that I did not come out of the womb with a computer in my hand! I am a grandmother with 6 grandchildren and did not live near my family. I saw my grandchildren a few times a year, and of course I could not make it to the weekend sporting events or school plays. I had a very busy and established traditional psychiatric clinical nurse specialist counseling practice in Delaware. My kids wanted me to move to Virginia to be near them, but the only way to do this, I thought, was to retire and close my practice. The problem with this scenario was that I was not ready to retire; not only did I love my work, but I also was not in the financial position to retire at age 58. So my dilemma, how could I continue working in the field I loved, yet still move near my family?

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This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.

Click here to read the entire PDF version of the Overcoming Concerns and Fears about Technology article.

Dr Martha Ireland, a certified distance counselor began her career 25 years ago as a traditional psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, then five years ago founded Virtual Therapy Connect – a HIPAA compliant web portal offering a variety of distance therapy tools for clinicians. Recently she launched an online initiative to support eating disorder prevention at She also operates a private practice in Virginia and routinely speaks about integrating technology and psychotherapy.

Are you interested in becoming a coach?

March 7th, 2014   •   no comments   
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We offer coach training. 

We, and a lot of other organizations.


So what makes training with us different?


First, We help you determine the best course of action for your coach training. Depending on your goals and your previous experience, We can coach you through to the right coach track for you.


  • You may be interested in becoming a Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) and you may already have training as a mental health counselor.
  • You may be interested in becoming an International Coach Federation (ICF) member and you wish to attend an ICF-approved coaching school.
  • You may find that you are best aligned with the values and expectations of the International Association of Coaching (IAC).
  • You may not know what route to take and that is what we are here for.


Second, when you opt to train with us, most of our training is offered online. You benefit from the convenience of online learning with ongoing interaction with your instructor. You read materials, watch videos, listen to audios and reflect on what you have learned and how it applies to your work as a coach. We give feedback along the way so that your learning becomes a tailored experience with coaching from us throughout the process.


DeeAnna Nagel is the primary Online Therapy Institute faculty assigned to instruct coaching students.


What qualifies DeeAnna?


The best qualifier? I LOVE seeing people reach their potential! .



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