Telehealth is the process of providing health-related services to people through technological mediums, such as video conferencing, telephone, and electronic exchange of information (email, text message, apps). It allows service access to people who may be limited by distance or mobility, or those seeking scheduling/location flexibility, innovation, and efficiency!
How Do You Use Telehealth for Psychotherapy?
Providing clinical therapy using telehealth methods (teletherapy), means seeing a provider/receiving services via a third party platform, such as video conferencing. Essentially, it is therapy that you receive from any location you are safe and comfortable in, using technology, with a provider that is in a remote location.
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Teletherapy affords people the same quality therapy they may get in an office, but offers more options for the location in which they receive their services ( such as at home, a library, a park, or any private space). In my experience, teletherapy offers convenience and efficiency, while honoring confidentiality and privacy.
Teletherapy is a response to the changing dynamic within our culture and mental health, as a way of modernizing services available. It is a way to expand and transform how we reach people.
What Does Teletherapy Look Like?
Teletherapy is everything you can imagine! In traditional therapy, you would come to an office, introduce yourself and explore the reasons for your visit. With teletherapy, you will “meet me” in live video conferencing, determine if teletherapy is right for you, and then begin creating a partnership that fosters trust and mutuality. Teletherapy may include similar activities as traditional therapy, but will be inclusive of technology, internet, apps, email, and phone support.
Safe, Secure, and Confidential
Therapy is hosted through the platform Simple Practice. This platform is secure and HIPAA compliant. Simple Practice will allow you to schedule appointments, sign and return documents, host video sessions via web browser and app, and pay fees. It is the only platform we will use. If you have any concerns about using a third-party platform or video conferencing, you can call or send me an email prior to booking an appointment so you can make a well-informed decision about your care.
To join a session, I’ll email or text you a link. From your computer, simply follow the link. From your phone or tablet, follow the link, download the app as prompted and join the session.
Is Teletherapy Right For Me?
However, Teletherapy may not be right for everyone. Teletherapy may be contraindicated if you:
- Do not have a stable internet connection or reliable electronic device (such as smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer)
- Are a high utilizer of crisis or inpatient services or frequently require a higher level of care
- Your psycho-social situation would be worsened by teletherapy
This list is not exhaustive. Teletherapy has both risks and benefits for everyone and will be discussed during the screening/consultation process.