What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy is the provision of professional counseling services with the assistance of technology that links a therapist to a client through online or app based platforms or via telephone.
How does teletherapy work?
Through a secure platform, therapists connect to clients via an internet connection, web portal, and two-way live video. Through the platform, the client can interact with the therapist just as he/she would during an in-person session. There can also be interactive therapeutic activities or games used as an adjunct to therapy.
If you have ever used any type of video calling on your cell phone, Zoom, Skype, or Google Meets you already under the foundation of how live video works when used for teletherapy sessions.
Does it have the same impact as traditional face-to-face therapy?
Research has found that teletherapy is just as if not more effective than traditional therapy in some instances. Benefits of teletherapy include greater flexibility as sessions can be done conveniently without the need for travel, greater privacy as it can be done within the privacy of your home or office, and during the current COVID19 pandemic it can ensure that you receive the support you need without compromising your health, well-being or safety!
What do I need for teletherapy?
A smart phone, tablet, computer or a standard cell phone with internet capability, a camera & a strong internet connection. As long as you have those items, you can engage in teletherapy sessions. If you do not have such devices or do not have internet access, sessions can be conducted via telephone. If you have poor cell reception, you will need access to a landline phone.
Is it really for everyone?
There is no one-size-fits all guarantee as each individual is unique with specific needs. During a free, initial consultation we can discuss whether or not teletherapy is a good fit for your needs. If you decided to move forward with teletherapy and it is not a good fit we can explore other options.
However, if it is determined that you are a better fit for in-person therapy your therapist can refer you to other practices that may be offering face to face sessions. If you are interested or having any questions regarding beginning teletherapy, please let me know.