In the interest of safety for clients and community, we have temporarily transitioned to a fully online Video & Phone Therapy practice. Social distancing is causing distinct stresses on individuals and we are here to provide the support and help you need during this time. 

How does it work?

Contact your therapist as you normally would to make an appointment. We will send you an email link, which you can click to join in a virtual therapy session. You can use your computer or tablet to participate and you do not need to download any software or subscribe to any service. You can talk to your therapist as you normally would — it’s that easy!

If you wish to meet by phone, your therapist will call the number you provide.

I’m home with my family and don’t know if I have a private space to talk — any advice?

We appreciate that that can be a tricky dynamic. Some of our clients meet for virtual sessions while on a walk, sitting in their car, or from their backyard. Often our therapists can adjust their schedules to connect with you during less busy times for your household — such as providing sessions on different days and earlier or later than usual. You can also try just doing a phone session if that’s easier for you.

I’m still not sure telehealth is right for me – maybe I should wait until I can see my therapist again in person?

It’s understandable to want to continue an in-person connection with your therapist. However, in these very unpredictable times, it is unclear how long this will be our new normal. There are a variety of estimated time frames suggested for social distancing measures lasting from 6 weeks to 6 months. Connecting with your therapist via video or phone is an easy way to avoid disrupting your care — and to receive consistent support toward your goals. This can become even more important during these stressful times.

If you are hesitant to try online therapy we encourage you to try a brief sample session to see what it’s like. Your therapist would be happy to provide a free 5-minute video meet-up to show you what to expect. 

Have online therapy sessions been proven to be effective?

Yes. There have been numerous studies conducted showing that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy.

The American Psychiatric Association(APA) published a physician reviewed article that notes the following:

“There is substantial evidence of the effectiveness of telepsychiatry and research has found satisfaction to be high among patients, psychiatrists and other professionals. Telepsychiatry is equivalent to in-person care in diagnostic accuracy, treatment effectiveness, quality of care and patient satisfaction. Patient privacy and confidentiality are equivalent to in-person care.” https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-telepsychiatry

According to an article in the World Journal of Psychiatry:

“Telepsychiatry is comparable to face-to-face services in terms of reliability of clinical assessments and treatment outcomes . . . telepsychiatry performed as well as, if not better than face-to-face delivery of mental health services.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4919267/

More research on the effectiveness of teletherapy:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662387/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130730091255.htm

 

Other helpful information about telehealth care:

Can’t See Your Therapist Because of COVID-19? The new world of virtual psychotherapy is brighter than you think:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-future-intimacy/202003/can-t-see-your-therapist-because-covid-19

Other Questions or Concerns?

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