Teletherapy (also called telehealth or virtual therapy) is the delivery of mental health therapy via the Internet. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding online therapy.
What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy is when a client meets with a therapist through online technology. It is not much unlike face-to-face therapy in that you and the therapist can both see and hear each other in real-time over an internet connection using your computer or smartphone.
Is teletherapy effective?
Absolutely! Several studies have been conducted to determine how therapy can best be delivered remotely. Research has found that the most effective teletherapy approach is when services are delivered online in the same format as individual in-person sessions, which is what I offer.
Why do teletherapy and not meet in person?
Many individuals have found teletherapy to be a great fit. In today's current atmosphere with the pandemic, teletherapy provides a 100% safe way to attend therapy sessions with no possibility of exposure. Other reasons I've had clients mention have included simple convenience, not having to schedule their appointments around a busy work schedule, not having to spend time and money to travel the distance to our office, and more. Teletherapy has made it possible for me to provide therapy services to individuals from all over the state of Indiana; with neither the client nor myself having to travel. Some individuals simply prefer meeting online because they find it more comfortable to be able to do so in the comfort of their home.
What technology do I need for teletherapy?
All you need is a smartphone or computer that has a webcam, speakers, and a microphone. These days, most smartphones, desktop computers, and laptop computers come equipped with all of these included as part of their standard product. To ensure your confidentiality is protected, I must insist that you attend the session alone from a private, quiet room, away from excessive noise or where people may hear you in the session. I highly recommend using headphones or earbuds as it keeps our discussion private and cuts down on background noise.
Is the technology HIPAA Compliant?
Absolutely! I wouldn't dream of using it if it wasn't! Protecting your confidentiality and providing a safe environment for therapy is my top priority.