At Wholistic Wellness, the top priority is to ensure clients have access to consistent, quality mental health care. Yet, life happens. We are often presented with challenges–work, childcare, traffic, or even a pandemic–that make it difficult to physically come into an office. Everyday hindrances or accessibility issues shouldn’t prevent you from getting the care you need . . . this is where teletherapy comes in!
Trying something new, like teletherapy may be a big adjustment. For others, it is a prefered method of receiving care. Either way, the answers below to common questions and concerns may help you decide if teletherapy is a good choice for you:
What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy is therapy provided through a live video connection, over the internet. You will be provided with the same treatment as you would receive in person, it’s just done through a computer! During the therapy sessions, the client and therapist can see, hear, and interact with one another in real time, using webcams, microphones or headsets, in a live, synchronous online environment. If you’ve ever used Zoom on your computer or FaceTime on your iPhone, you’ve used the same type of technology teletherapy uses.
Is there a difference between teletherapy and telehealth?
Yes . . . and no. Telehealth is an umbrella term that encoumpasses clinical care provided via an online platform to clients by all types of healthcare professionals. Teletherapy refers specifically to therapeutic services provided to clients by clinical mental health professionals and other clinicians that fall under the term “therapist” (such as “occupational therapist” or “speech therapist”).
What services are offered via teletherapy?
Both clinical mental health counseling and coaching services are offered via teletherapy. In fact, telehealth is the primary method used with coaching services.
*Note: Due to state mental health license regulations, I can offer counseling services via teletherapy only to residents of Colorado. Coaching services are available online to clients anywhere in the world!
Is it really as good as face-to-face therapy?
Luckily, there has been a good amount of research on telehealth and teletherapy as it continues to grow as a clinical service delivery model. Research has found very few differences between telehealth and traditional in-person therapy!
It is recommended that a therapeutic relationship between client and counselor has already been established prior to engaging in teletherapy. That is why we encourage a few face-to-face sessions prior to taking this teletherapy option.
What are the benefits of teletherapy?
Yet, the most significant benefit of teletherapy specifically is CONVIENCE! Engaging in sessions online means that you can work with your counselor from anywhere–your house, office, or even your car!
There are many benefits to teletherapy, most of which are the benefits received from engaging in consistent counseling work:
- improved communication and interpersonal skills
- greater self-acceptance and self-esteem
- ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits
- better expression and management of emotions, including anger
- relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
- increased confidence and decision-making skills
- ability to manage stress effectively
- improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities
Our lives are busy. Teletherapy is a tool that you can use to help you take care of you by consistently accessing the support you need to reach your goals.
Are there any risks?
One of the things that face-to-face counseling sessions can offer that teletherapy cannot is a private, serene space with which to work with your therapist. With teletherapy, it is up to you to find a private space where you won’t be overheard or interrupted.
Another consideration in regard to privacy is internet connection. When you engage in teletherapy, you’ll be logging into a secure, HIPPA compliant platform. Yet, the internet you reach that platform may not be secure. We recommend using your personal home or encrypted workplace wifi instead of public internet options.
How do I get into my teletherapy session?
Once you schedule your teletherapy session, your therapist will send you a link and a meeting password to your email. All you’ll need to do is click that link, put in the password, and it will take you into a secure, password protected ZOOM meeting where your therapist will be waiting. Easy!
I have more questions or would like to schedule a teletherapy session. What should I do?
Reach out to your therapist via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting (720) 238-0181.