Although teletherapy has been around for quite a long time, it has become much more prevalent in the new world of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teletherapy has allowed even more people to get the mental health services they need, but if you are unfamiliar with this type of therapy sessions you may be wondering how teletherapy works and whether it is effective.
Teletherapy is a counseling session that is done remotely, typically via videoconferencing. Therapists, medical providers and other mental health professionals are required to use HIPAA-compliant video conferencing services, so it is also secure and confidential. It can be used for various types of therapy and is a safe, effective way to attend sessions without having to leave your home.
Therapy sessions via videoconferencing or phone work much like traditional counseling. First, you schedule an appointment with your therapist. If you are new to therapy, it’s important to prepare by gathering relevant information such as any prescriptions you may be taking, your medical history, previous mental health treatment and a list of questions you’d like to ask. In addition to individual sessions, teletherapy can be used for family counseling, couples counseling and group therapy. These sessions are conducted the same way they would be as if everyone were together in the same room.
Teletherapy has been shown to be just as beneficial as in-person therapy, and may even work better for some clients. Those who are concerned about privacy or struggle with issues such as social anxiety may feel more comfortable attending sessions via videoconference instead of in a therapist’s office.
Getting to in-person sessions can also be challenging for disabled clients, people with busy work schedules or those who don’t have easy access to transportation or childcare. For people in these types of circumstances, accessing mental health services from home can be life-changing. Although using technology can be a hurdle for some, there are resources that can help you get set up with and learn how to use teletherapy to your benefit.
People seek therapy for myriad reasons. Whether you already have a mental health diagnosis or you are going through a tough time and want to learn more about yourself and how to develop healthy coping and communication skills, teletherapy can be used to treat many different conditions, including:
In some cases, remote therapy sessions provide limited benefits. For example, children who attend play therapy are best served by attending in-office visits.
Technology has made it easier than ever to find the mental health treatment you need. Kayenta Therapy offers in-person and teletherapy sessions for individuals, couples and families. We are dedicated to providing accessible, affordable therapy that can help you find self-growth, peace and joy in your life. Contact a therapist directly to schedule an appointment.