Telehealth allows us to connect anywhere with secure and convenient appointments that save you time. You can schedule and attend your appointments directly from a desktop, laptop or mobile device. I use the HIPAA-compliant platform Simple Practice to offer teletherapy.
We can further discuss the questions below during our initial consultation.
- Simple Practice offers a telehealth platform that is HIPAA-compliant and over a secure internet connection.
- I will always provide therapy from a space that offers privacy and confidentiality.
- Teletherapy sessions are never recorded.
- The normal provisions for client confidentiality apply to teletherapy.
- I cannot control your environment, however, which potentially limits privacy and confidentiality in teletherapy.
- Time and financial cost, as well as risk of travelling to an in-person appointment during the COVID pandemic
- For some, the comfort and safety of their own environment
- Receive care rather than foregoing treatment because of risks of travelling in a pandemic
- Interruptions to connection
- Other technical difficulties
- Challenges to privacy and confidentiality depending on the location you are using teletherapy from
While my preference is to provide counseling in-person, multiple studies have shown that telemental health can be just as effective as in-person therapy.
- A Comprehensive Review and a Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Internet-Based Psychotherapeutic Interventions
- Internet-Delivered Psychological Treatments
An article from CNET also discusses the risks, benefits and effectiveness of online therapy : Online therapy vs in-person: What you should know
I have a certification from the Telehealth Certification Institute for teletherapy provision.
As part of the certification, I completed the following courses:
- Legal Aspects of TeleMental Health
- Ethics of Using Technology in Behavioral Health
- HIPAA Compliance for Mental Health Professionals
- Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Aspects of Selecting Technology
- Emergency Management Planning for TeleMental Health
- Screening for Fit for TeleMental Health Services
- Ethical and Clinical Skills of Video and Phone Sessions
To participate in Telehealth appointments from your home, you will need one of the following devices:
- Desktop computer with a webcam, speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM OR
- Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM OR
- Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers, OR
- Smartphone with at least iOS 11 or Android 7.0
For smartphones, download Telehealth by SimplePractice - available for iOS or Android
- Internet connection that is at least 10mbps. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality.
Note: I recommend using the SimplePractice Internet Connection Test to check your WiFi strength prior to the start of your first appointment.
- Identify a suitable room that is quiet, private, and free of distractions.
- To keep background noise to a minimum, make sure to close any doors, shut windows, turn off the television, and keep loud pets in another room if possible. Consider hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door to avoid interruptions.
- Notify household members, including children, that you are going into a meeting and to not disturb you unless it is an emergency.