What is telehealth?
Telehealth (or telemedicine) is, simply put, electronic therapy. Telehealth covers web chat, online therapy, e-mail therapy, telephone services, and many other names for the same or very similar services.
It is a way of making mental health accessible to anyone who has a telephone or the internet.
The benefits of online therapy include:
The laws that protect the confidentiality of your medical information also apply to telemedicine
Therapy is now available to people who live in rural areas with no therapist available to them
Therapy for individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to age
Therapy for individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to disability
Therapy for individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to excessive anxiety or fear
Therapy for individuals who are too busy for traditional office visits due to work demands
Therapy for individuals who are too busy for traditional office visits due to family demands
Therapy for individuals who travel often or people who work extended out-of-town schedules including cast and crew for film and television.
Online therapy is expected to grow more and more popular as more people become familiar and comfortable with electronic means of communication.
Research shows online therapy works as well as traditional face to face therapy for a variety of issues including anxiety, fear, worry, self esteem, guilt, shame, anger management, gender therapy, and identity issues.
The risks of online therapy include:
The possibility that the transmission of your medical information could be disrupted or distorted by technical failures
The transmission of your medical information could be interrupted by unauthorized persons if your information is not properly encrypted
Skype is not considered secure or confidential, but other free web chat services are confidential
The electronic storage of your medical information could be accessed by unauthorized persons if your information is not properly encrypted or password protected.
The possibility that you or your therapist could experience poor telephone reception or loss of wifi during session.
Online therapy is not ideal for individuals who are actively in crisis or experiencing thoughts of suicide.
I offer a variety of electronic services for your convenience including e-mail and text packages, web chat, and telephone services for the very affordable rate of $1 per minute between the hours of 10am and 10pm.
I find the benefit of charging per minute is that not all issues you may need to speak to me about take a full hour. Some conversations may only need to be 20 minutes. On the other hand, some people do not like to feel rushed and would prefer 80 or 90 minutes to discuss their difficulties.
Therapy is so important to me that I offer same day services (therapy when YOU need it). Imagine having the security that, at most anytime and any place, there was a trusted professional whom you could call when you had an unexpected problem or crisis; Or when a situation arose that demanded your immediate attention or required you to make an important decision now; Or when you had an insight or idea that you’d like to bounce off someone and get real time and reliable advice; Or simply because you needed to get something off your chest.
Call or text me today: 818-648-5605. I offer a truly personalized therapy experience for you.