Telehealth


 

Technology has provided a lot of convenient, confidential, and effective options for therapy. Online communication advances have become more reliable and accessible worldwide.  Therapy is rapidly changing as technology allows individuals and therapists to connect in amazing new ways. As an elite practice, we want to provide simple and accessible services that align with how you live in society today.

In contrast to traditional office-based therapy, online therapy is a valuable way to receive timely, flexible and convenient support. Even though, there may be a therapist nearby you may feel more comfortable meeting from your home, office, or other location.  Our goal in providing this option is to simplify the process and create easy solutions for individuals to connect with a personal therapist and get the needed support.

What is online therapy?

Online therapy is the delivery of mental health counseling via the internet using HIPPA compliant platforms. It has many names and may have been referred to as e-therapy, distance therapy, teletherapy, remote therapy, internet therapy and web-based therapy. Therapists use a variety of mediums such as video conferencing, voice messaging, apps for texting, and audio messaging. Each one provides an individual with a different experience.

What are the benefits of online therapy?

The advantages of working online with a therapist are convenience, ease of use, and effectiveness. It allows an individual to work collaboratively with the therapist and receive support in a virtual environment, where they can talk openly and work freely on issues without having to commute or struggle to meet the therapist in person. In-person therapy can be problematic because of outside sources and time constraints such as traffic, tight work schedules, sickness, and other family issues. The best part of connecting online is that individuals can meet under a more flexible schedule while still getting excellent treatment.

Just as in traditional office settings, meeting online with a therapist can help to better manage many concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship struggles, parenting distress, substance abuse, anger, and many more.

Is receiving counseling online effective?

This is a good question to be asking. Various studies have proven the efficacy of online therapy to the point where it has become a viable alternative and supplement to in-office therapy.

It is important to note that while In-office therapy can work better for some, online therapy is an equally viable treatment for many.

Resources that are useful in explaining the benefits of telemedicine are listed below….

https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.ps.201100206

http://www.jad-journal.com/article/S0165-0327(13)00512-0/abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20183695

http://www.zurinstitute.com/telehealthresources.html

Will my privacy be protected?

While there is no guarantee of privacy on the individual’s end, a therapist has to follow a number of established guidelines that create protection and privacy.  Therapists are required to use platforms that adhere to HIPPA rules and regulations. Privacy is important and will be protected at all times with the exception of safety situations (such as clients being at risk of harming themselves or others and/or child abuse). In those safety situations, according to the laws, a therapist will need to speak to the proper agencies or authorities and no longer hold confidentiality.

At times, because technology is not perfect, interruptions can occur. The therapist will speak with the individual and create a plan B as a backup. The therapist will provide appropriate alternatives to re-connect for the session in case there is a technology interruption.

Ready to give online counseling a try?

Come experience the benefits of online therapy and see how it works for you.

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If you are already working with a therapist and want to use the online method, just let your therapist know.

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