FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS ONLINE THERAPY (TELEHEALTH) JUST AS EFFECTIVE AS FACE-TO-FACE THERAPY?
In a nutshell, yes. You can read this helpful article with citations from the American Psychological Association.
That said, telehealth is not for everyone. Some clients simply prefer in-person sessions. Some therapists prefer this too. There are pros and cons of each. We can discuss further in a free initial telehealth consultation. Please visit my contact page to schedule.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN TELEHEALTH THERAPY?
This is a great question! You will need:
a smart phone or computer
a private space for our appointments
headphones if possible
HOW WILL YOU PROTECT MY PRIVACY IF WE HAVE OUR THERAPY SESSIONS OVER THE INTERNET?
Your privacy is very important to me.
I adhere to HIPAA guidelines in my practice. HIPAA is a federal law created to protect sensitive patient health information. You can read more about it on the CDC website. For our video calls, I utilize a HIPAA-compliant platform called doxy.me. I will always be alone in a room for our appointments and will wear headphones to assure the utmost privacy on my end.
HOW LONG WILL THERAPY LAST?
Generally, I practice shorter-term therapy – think months, not years. If longer-term therapy is needed we can always discuss and adjust as necessary.
WHY DON’T YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
There is a cost-benefit to using insurance for therapy so I whole-heartedly understand why many people choose this route. The downside is that the insurance companies have some control over your therapy – they require a formal diagnosis to be submitted, have access to your records, and can limit the number of sessions you have. I like to work with you without a third-party involved in our work, which is why I do not accept insurance.
WHAT IS YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR THERAPY SESSIONS?
I cannot guarantee any of these time slots will be available at time of contact, but I generally have weekday, weeknight and limited Saturday availability. Please contact me to set up an initial consultation to discuss further.