Telephone Counseling with Dr. Michael

Telephone Counseling with Dr. Michael

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

What is telephone counseling?

Telephone sessions offered by Dr. Michael are essentially the same as face-to-face in office visits other than client’s converse with Dr. Michael by telephone. Private, confidential and accommodating your schedule, telephone sessions can be arranged at a time convenient for you.

How effective is telephone counseling?

Perhaps you’re a bit hesitant over the effectiveness of telephone counseling and have some questions about it. That’s certainly understandable, yet be assured the results achieved from Dr. Michael's many years of telephone sessions have proven to be every bit as effective as those achieved in his office sessions.

Numerous studies have also found telephone counseling to be very effective and clearly beneficial, with multiple sessions being most helpful. Unsurprisingly, many people actually prefer telephone consultation to face-to-face visits, finding distance phone sessions to be a less embarrassing and more comfortable way to discuss their private sexual and relationship concerns. Phone sessions are also a convenient supplement to face-to-face meetings when time or distance is a factor.

For anyone located outside of Hawai'i, Dr. Michael is a highly talented and eminently qualified telephone counseling specialist. 

Dr. Michael is a professionally trained telephone counselor with over 35 years of telephone counseling experience. As a young professional starting out in his career he chose to specialize in the delivery of high quality telephone counseling, beginning as a 24 Hour crisis intervention and suicide prevention counselor with the New Orleans Crisis Line in 1981.

Since then, as a sex therapist and marriage counselor, his more than three decades of expertise in telephone counseling with many thousands of clients worldwide have seasoned Dr. Michael into an exceptionally proficient clinician who excels in rendering aid, comfort and precious hope telephonically.  

As an accomplished and reputable distance counselor, you can trust Dr. Michael for competent, confidential, and nonjudgmental help by telephone with your sexuality and most valued personal relationships.

From his Hawaii-based private practice, he devotes his major time to providing discreet, confidential, and leading-edge mental health care to clients locally, nationally, and internationally via face-to-face office visits and global telephone counseling. 

Dr. Michael is also available for worldwide travel to clients seeking intensive face-to-face treatment within the privacy and comfort of their home. Dr. Michael specializes in providing accelerated and completely confidential treatment to celebrities and high-profile individuals. Please call for details.

 

BUSINESS PARTNER COUPLES COUNSELING
For Anyone Wanting to Work Better Together as a Team

For interpersonal conflict and challenges within purely BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS, Dr. Michael also specializes in providing completely confidential Business Partner Couples Counseling for anyone in a business relationship seeking to get along better with their partner(s). When counter-productive or destructive interpersonal dynamics are undermining your ability to work well together as a team, Dr. Michael excels in helping partners decrease conflict while increasing ease and effectiveness within the work environment. Available face-to-face at your location or by telephone. Please call for details.

 

How long are sessions?

Telephone session lengths are the same as in office visit lengths that are either 50 or 80 minutes in duration. Local clients meet with Dr. Michael weekly at his Hilo-side office. Distance clients call Dr. Michael at their appointment time once weekly. Expedited sessions are also available for those wanting longer sessions or desiring multiple weekly sessions for quicker results.

What is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy?

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a theory of personality and system of psychological training and treatment that emphasizes the role of unrealistic expectations and irrational beliefs. REBT is based upon the precept that emotions follow from our thoughts and judgments about people and events, and not from people or events themselves. REBT seeks to address disturbances caused by false and distorted beliefs towards overcoming the predisposition towards faulty thinking. As a skilled and seasoned REBT counseling expert, you can trust discussing your most private matters frankly and openly with Dr. Michael.

Specializing as an REBT clinician, Dr. Michael utilizes only the most effective and proven approaches to counseling.

From 1991-95, Dr. Michael perfected his REBT clinical skills in his Manhattan private practice. During this same period he had the extremely good fortune to be both a student and counseling client of the eminent sexologist, world renowned psychologist, and acknowledged "father" of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, the late Dr. Albert Ellis.

As a care giver today, Dr. Michael continues to embrace the philosophy of empowering his clients to consciously live at cause in their life so as to bring about more of what is wanted and less of what is not.

Dr. Michael respects each client’s personal values
and does not judge or discriminate against anyone.
He is committed to providing excellence in every session,
whether meeting face-to-face in his office
or globally via phone counseling and online guidance.

Know Your Therapist

As a board certified clinical counseling sexologist in private practice for more than three decades, Dr. Michael Ra Bouchard has frequently heard clients speak about difficulties in locating a trained and talented counselor to help with their sensitive sexual concerns and private relationship problems. With all the talk and attention given to sex and relationships today, one might expect that a professionally qualified "sexdoc” would be about as common as your neighborhood corner convenience store.

Surprisingly, there are at most only a couple of thousand professionally trained and board-certified sexologists in the entire world, with the vast majority of them working in a multitude of disciplines outside of the counseling field. As for the handful of sexologists specializing in sex therapy and relationship counseling, even fewer in number are the tiny minority of us possessing both an advanced counseling psychology degree and an advanced sexological degree. Apparently, we "full pedigree" counselor-sexologists are spread rather sparsely around the planet!

Dr. Michael is a well-trained and highly educated Doctor of Human Sexuality and clinical counseling psychologist, holding both a Ph.D. in human sexuality and a Master of Arts in clinical counseling psychology advanced degrees. In his practice as a board-certified clinical sexologist at Aloha Sexual Health & Happiness, he specializes in all matters of sexuality, intimacy, marriage and relationship counseling, guidance and therapy.

In addition to being an acclaimed sex therapist and marriage counselor, Dr. Michael is a professionally trained telephone counseling specialist with over 35 years of telephone counseling experience. As an accomplished and reputable distance counselor rendering aid, comfort and precious hope to many thousands of clients since 1981, you can trust Dr. Michael for competent, confidential, and nonjudgmental help by telephone with your sexuality and most precious personal relationships.

Nothing replaces a face-to-face visit with your doctor. While it would be ideal to meet together in Dr. Michael's office, for anyone located outside of Hawai'i, this could prove expensive and impractical. If you're local or planning on visiting the Hawaiian Islands, by all means call to make an office appointment. For everyone else, be assured Dr. Michael’s 35 years of providing telephone counseling and over 20 years as an "online sexpert" reflect every bit as much of the same care, concern, and effectiveness as his face-to-face consultations.

When it comes to such important matters as your personal sexuality and intimate relationships, it’s essential to know that you’re working with an accomplished, skilled, and seasoned clinician you can trust. Whether you seek telephone counseling or online consultations individually or as a couple, Dr. Michael will assist you in a safe, relaxed, and open environment. You can depend on receiving competent, confidential care and above all, informed and effective results-oriented treatment.

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How May I Help You?

Dr. Michael’s specialties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Couples counseling and individual counseling
  • Counseling and therapy for all sex, intimacy, and relationship concerns
  • Sexual enhancement programs for reviving sexless marriages & relationships
  • Sexual enhancement, relationship enrichment, and romance coaching
  • Pre-marital concerns
  • Relationship repair after an affair
  • Divorce, separation, and reconciliation counseling
  • Grief counseling after death of a beloved spouse or partner
  • Sexual abuse, molestation, and trauma (survivors)
  • Sexual aversion (anxiety, fear and disgust)
  • Sexual orientation confusion and concerns (including gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning coming out issues)
  • Vaginismus (involuntary spasming of the vaginal musculature) and Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Inability to orgasm (pre-orgasmic for women or delayed ejaculation for men)
  • Premature ejaculation (PE), how to last longer (including lasting as long as you want), and how to have multiple orgasms (any man can).
  • Erectile difficulties (ED)
  • Body image and sexual shame issues
  • Dating and social skills coaching
  • Sexual shyness, inexperience, and performance anxiety
  • Sexual addiction and online sexual addiction
  • Sexuality education and re-education
  • Contraceptive education
  • STD's/STI's and AIDS prevention education
  • Loss of sexual desire and libido
  • Lacking sexual self confidence or poor sexual self esteem
  • Sexuality & medical issues and sexuality & aging issues
  • Infertility or pregnancy issues
  • Sexual fetishes, including BDSM
  • Unwanted sexual fetish issues
  • Anger management treatment
  • Domestic violence treatment (survivors or perpetrator)
  • Sex offender relapse prevention treatment (perpetrator)

Basically any question or concern having to do with overall mental/emotional health and wellbeing, sexuality, intimacy, or relationship is appropriate for consultation.

No topics are off limits.

Dr. Michael works with individuals and couples:
whether you are married, living together, or dating;
straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning;
newly connecting or together for decades.

 

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