With the advancement of technology and accessibility to secure programs, therapy has become easier, safer, and more convenient to access from the comfort of your home.
While office sessions are preferable to establish the initial presenting problem, online-therapy, also known as tele-medicine or tele-therapy may be available for those who are unable to make regular appointments. Many people choose tele-therapy for reasons of convenience, busy work or school schedules, health related concerns, or being unable to access appropriate care in their local area.
How does it work?
Like all interventions, online therapy is not a one size fit all and is not appropriate for everyone or all situations. Generally, I recommend tele-therapy for individuals who are proficient in using technology and are comfortable with this format. I also strongly encourage clients to schedule an initial in person session to facilitate a comfortable and safe relationship before transferring to this new format. This also allows us to discuss any concerns or questions you have together.
In my practice, online services are not appropriate for those experiencing severe symptoms, are in the midst of a crisis, or are having thoughts concerning the personal safety of self and others.
If you are interested in these services please contact me to have a complimentary phone consultation to discuss your various options.
Is it safe and secure? What are the risks?
As a psychologist, maintaining your confidentiality is of the upmost importance and one of my top responsibilities as your provider. However, it is important to be informed of the potential benefits and risks that come with all treatment options before starting therapy.
Whether communications are conducted online or offline, no system is 100% safe. In order to protect my client’s privacy, I conduct therapy through a secure HIPAA-compliant interactive video technology (Doxy.me).
To provide my clients with the best treatment, I am a distance certified counselor through Telebehavioral Health Institute.
Is it effective?
Many major studies show online therapy is as effective as in person. According to a study from the University of Zurich, online services were slightly more effective at treating depression than conventional in person therapy. According to a study conducted by the American Psychiatric Association in 2007, those receiving face-to-face or live video experienced a statistically better clinical outcome. One benefit was that online services were more economical, with online services 10% less than face-to-face.
University of Zurich. "Psychotherapy via internet as good as if not better than face-to-face consultations." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 July 2013)
I welcome your questions and look forward to helping you navigate this process. Please contact me to explore your needs more and schedule your first appointment.