What is Teletherapy?
I offer online counseling sessions, also known as teletherapy or telehealth. Teletherapy is the practice of providing therapy by means of telephone, video, audio, or a combination of those. Most sessions are conducted via video and audio through a secure online platform that is HIPAA compliant. I use a platform called SimplePractice to meet with clients online. Each week, you will receive a link either by email or text that allows you to join the therapy session. A computer, smart phone, or tablet is all you need to attend sessions and the process to get started is easy. A secure internet connection is a must, and headphones or earbuds are helpful to reduce any background noise and to increase your privacy.
There are several reasons why doing teletherapy may be beneficial to you:
- Greater flexibility in scheduling appointments around work or school
- Zero commute times or transportation issues
- Access to therapists that meet your specific needs instead of location
- Feeling more comfortable engaging in therapy at home
You should also consider some of the drawbacks of doing online counseling including the need for privacy in your home and potential technical difficulties. I work with my clients to troubleshoot these issues and have a back up plan prepared. Please note that online counseling may not be appropriate for all individuals. If you are in a severe crisis or actively contemplating suicide or homicide, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Should these concerns ever arise during the course of our work together, a safety plan will be made to ensure you have the tools and assistance that you need.