Telehealth: Technology Meets The Needs Of Therapy In The Privacy Of Your Own Home, Office Or Other Location Via Video Therapy
Technology may be a valuable option for you.
How many times have you heard it said that the internet has transformed modern life? Indeed, it has probably changed how you stay in touch with family and friends, purchase goods and services, and search for information about your health, business and personal interests.
A variety of telehealth tools are available to help you manage your therapy sessions and receive the counseling services you need from a location anywhere in the State of California. Are you taking advantage of them?
What is telehealth?
Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access therapy services remotely. These may be technologies you use from your home, office or other location.
The potential benefits of video therapy appointments
Video therapy enables a client to receive ongoing care when an in-person visit is not required or possible.
Video therapy provides the means to schedule emergency therapy sessions, therapy sessions from a college campus and therapy sessions while traveling for business or personal reasons.
Video therapy eliminates commute time to and from the therapist’s office.
Video therapy eliminates time in a waiting room with other clients.
Therapists must comply with HIPAA and other privacy laws.
Video therapy provides a setting for people who are unable to use traditional therapy due to physical disabilities or geographic location.
The good news is that there appears to be no discernible difference between face-to-face and video therapy as far as effectiveness is concerned. Scientific research has consistently shown that online treatment is a capable tool to deal with mental health and well-being issues.
The Potential Drawbacks
It is important to note the potential drawbacks when considering video therapy versus traditional therapy.
Video therapy is not for everyone. There are potential risks and drawbacks:
- Technological issues can become a barrier. Dropped calls, frozen videos, and trouble accessing chats are not conducive to treatment.
- It may be difficult to form a therapeutic alliance with someone when meetings are not face-to-face.
- Without being able to interact face-to-face, therapists may miss out on body language and other cues that can help them arrive at an appropriate diagnosis.
- Online therapy is not meant for people with certain problems or conditions (e.g., suicidal intent or psychosis).
- It may be difficult for therapists to intervene in the event of a crisis.
Patricia McTague-Loft offers you a compassionate approach with empathetic understanding, unconditional positive regard, and genuine, authentic, and honest reactions. Patricia provides a positive psychotherapeutic video therapy environment and applies a professional standard of care and personalized attention to your specific needs.