I have transitioned all therapy services to remote sessions using a HIPAA- compliant video teleconferencing service indefinitely. Receiving therapy in this way is often referred to as “teletherapy” or “telehealth.” Telehealth is a fairly recent innovation. Telehealth allows the facilitation of health-related services to patients via live video conferencing. Thanks to modern technology, you can have access to care using your computer, smart phone, or tablet. This ease of access to make video calls has revolutionized the health industry, allowing healthcare practitioners to interact with patients through a convenient video call.
Telehealth appointments can be very beneficial, especially during times like these where meeting in person presents a range of issues. Furthermore, if you lack the time or resources, are physically disabled or live in a remote area, telehealth appointments can help by removing the need to leave your home to attend an appointment.
Teletherapy sessions work the same way as in-person therapy sessions, however, the therapist and client are not in the same room. Overall, research does support that teletherapy is just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy for a range of circumstances. It is important to note that teletherapy will not prove beneficial for all individuals in all circumstances. While teletherapy can act as good first step towards therapy, there needs to be open conversations about whether this is the best pathway of support.
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