Online Therapy (Telehealth)
What Is Telehealth?
Online therapy is also known as teletherapy, video therapy, telehealth therapy, virtual therapy, and telemedicine therapy. Basically, teletherapy is therapy that is conducted using a two-way audio/video internet connection. Teletherapy technology is similar to Skype or FaceTime except that online therapy software used for teletherapy has privacy safeguards that ensure that our connection is secure, confidential, and HIPAA compliant.
Why Choose Teletherapy Over Traditional Therapy?
As we continue to experience physical distancing due to COVID-19, we are offering all sessions via telehealth to ensure the health and safety of our clients, our therapists, and the greater community.
We are not new to telehealth, as we’ve offered it prior to current social distancing guidelines. This is a great option if you are busy and can’t take time to drive to an office, if you have no childcare, or experience chronic illness. Telehealth also allows us to work with clients who live in the state of Colorado who might not be able to experience our services locally. Or, you may simply prefer the digital climate to a face-to-face setting.
Research shows that teletherapy is as effective as in person therapy.
Teletherapy provides benefits similar to those of traditional therapy except that it is conducted from one computer screen to another rather than in person. It is convenient, easily accessible, and effective…and saves time as well.
Can You Treat Trauma Via Telehealth?
While we love doing trauma work in person, we have adapted our trauma treatments to the telehealth modality. We are able to perform EMDR using a remote program, and also use many techniques to help you process using the mind-body connection just as effectively as if you were in our office.
Does Telehealth Cost The Same As In Person Sessions?
Yes, our rates are the same, as you are getting the same high quality therapy.
What Do I Need To Prepare For Telehealth?
- You will need to be in a quiet, private location
- You will need a smartphone or computer with a camera and high speed internet connection
- You will need a phone that can be accessed in addition to the computer in case there is an internet disconnection
- You will need to let your therapist know where you are located, the name of an emergency contact, and a phone number to use for backup
- You will be provided a consent form with more information about teletherapy
- Prior to your scheduled session, you will receive an email from your therapist with a link that will connect you to the video session. Click the link and make sure your camera and volume are turned on prior to the session start time
- It is helpful to turn off notifications and to minimize sounds that could be distracting during the therapy session
- It is helpful to not have light behind you to minimize glare. If there is a window behind you the glare may make it hard to see you.
- Your therapist will send you complete instructions prior to the session