What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy, also known as telehealth, is therapy that is provided via a live internet connection by video, or by telephone. It can provide an alternative when in-person sessions are not feasible. The COVID-19 pandemic has made teletherapy a necessary, and convenient, way for individuals to be able to receive the mental health care they need. Momentum Psychology and Performance provides teletherapy services to individuals located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (given licensure laws, we are unable to provide therapy services to those located outside of Virginia; however, sport and performance consulting can be provided via video to any location). As you consider whether teletherapy may be a good option for you, the following may be helpful for you to consider:
1. Is teletherapy a secure and private way of communicating and conducting therapy?
Just as with face-to-face sessions, we are ethically and legally bound to not share details about teletherapy sessions with any third parties without client permission (except in cases of threat of harm to self or others or by certain legal requirements). All teletherapy sessions are conducted in a private room using a HIPAA-compliant video platform, which means that the portal meets the government's standards to protect individuals' medical records and protected health information.
2. Is teletherapy an effective way of working on my concerns?
Research indicates that teletherapy can be just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy at addressing a variety of concerns, and may provide greater entry to people who may not be able to access traditional face-to-face therapy. However, teletherapy may not be beneficial for individuals in all situations, and is likely an inappropriate mode of service for individuals who are experiencing significant suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, aggression or violence toward others, active mania, and/or thought disorders.
3. Are there any special ways to prepare for a teletherapy session?
* Along with our standard informed consent, clients will also sign a consent for telehealth services.
* Any electronic device will work to log into our secure client portal, though clients should be sure that they have a reliable internet connection and are using a password-protected network.
* In order to get the most out of a session, client should ensure that the appropriate amount of time for the session has been set aside and that distractions are minimized.
* Being in a private, secure location where others are not present helps clients feel comfortable that they can share important information with their therapist.
If you're still uncertain as to whether teletherapy may be a good option, contact us for a free consultation and we can determine together whether this may be the right fit for you.