Online therapy, also known as telemental health, is the application of therapeutic counseling via communication networks to include telephone, video or internet. It can be utilized from therapist to client local, nationally and internationally.
Who uses online therapy? Online therapy can be of benefit for those that:
- Have busy class schedules and extracurricular activities
- Shifting work schedules
- Travel often
- Have small children and naptime is long enough for a session
- Are caregiver who find it difficult to coordinate care for loved ones just to leave the house for a short time
- Have medical issues that can complicate getting out of the house
- Struggle with consistency in their appointments due to certain mental health issues
- Live out of the state or country and are looking for something specific in their session that they haven't found nearby
Some of my clients use online therapy on occasion, others use it as a primary tool. I have clients around the world from Canada to Australia who choose to utilize online therapy as their tool for mental health care.
Within the United States, I currently hold licenses in Massachusetts and Iowa so residents in either of those states can make appointments with me.
What issues can be addressed in online therapy? A lot actually but not everything and there is no hard and fast rule for which. I like to have a phone consultation with anyone interested in online therapy so we can explore whether or not this is an appropriate tool for treatment.
If you are in the state, I like to have a first appointment in the office to connect. If you are using insurance, I can contact your provider to see if they will cover your telemental health sessions.
It is important to remember and ask when using online therapy what a provider uses for delivery of service. I utilize HIPAA compliant platforms for providing care. Skype and FaceTime are not HIPAA compliant and therefore I do not use them unless requested to by my clients.