Just as with traditional in person therapy, people are now turning to internet or phone counseling in ways to process life’s increasing challenges. Also known as Telehealth, this platform allows counseling through a HIPAA compliant medium. Many choose this form of counseling due to constraints of traffic, travel plans, scheduling, limitations of childcare, needs to stay anonymous, or current COVID safety concerns.
It is important to note that just as with In Person Therapy, Telehealth shares many benefits of building a therapeutic alliance and connection, as well as increasing consistency in reaching one’s goals of healing.
Though Telehealth may be beneficial to offer a space to focus on one’s inner world, it is not appropriate for clinical emergencies or acute issues that require a higher level of care. Some examples may be : suicidal ideations, domestic violence, severe trauma related issues, or those suffering severe depressive or anxious states of being that need more than one session a week, dangerous self harming behaviors, or acute substance use or eating disorders that are not appropriate for out patient care.
It is also paramount to be aware that though I take every measure possible to stay HIPAA compliant with an online portal, I cannot guarantee 100 percent confidentiality with emails, texts, phone calls and video conferencing, due to the ever-growing glitches and nuances in technology. However, please know these cases are rare by far, but it’s important that you are aware of all aspects of using tools outside of meeting face to face in a traditional office space.
If you reside in CA or in GA, and are unsure if this is the right medium for you, please feel free to reach out and we can discuss if this would be the best fit.
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