Updated: Aug 3, 2022
Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, telehealth was an option for therapy, but was not often utilized. The pandemic, however, forced the widespread use of remote and phone health appointments. At first, it seemed odd to do therapy over the phone or through a video service like Zoom but it became common practice over the course of the pandemic. Luckily, states and insurance companies alike have adopted telehealth as a viable option for therapy. Here is what you should know about doing therapy remotely:
-Security: Remote therapy requires the same level of confidentiality that in-person therapy does. Video sessions should be done through a secure service that protects client confidentiality. You should always ensure that you are alone and in a confidential location when doing your therapy session remotely. Your therapist should take the same precautions.
-Effectiveness: Remote therapy can obtain the same results as in-person therapy. The strategies, theories, and interventions that are used for in-person therapy translate seamlessly to a remote platform. Some people prefer in-person sessions and, as the pandemic wanes, more therapists are offering a hybrid of both remote and in-person sessions in order to meet their clients’ needs.
-State Regulations: It is important to check your state’s regulations regarding telehealth as some states have limitations on remote therapy. Your therapist should be aware of any restrictions or limitations prior to offering telehealth as an option.
-Insurance Coverage: Many insurance providers cover telehealth therapy sessions. You should check with your insurance carrier to ensure that your sessions are covered.
-Convenience: Teletherapy offers a new level of convenience to clients and increased flexibility in scheduling sessions. This has removed the barrier of therapy only being offered in one physical location.
By Phil Lane, LCSW
This post is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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