What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy is a real-time, two-way psychotherapeutic engagement between yourself and a licensed psychotherapist conducted via a private, HIPAA compliant, video platform. It allows for the emotional healing, exploration, support, and empowerment of professional psychotherapy in step with your busy life. Also known as online therapy, e-therapy, or telehealth therapy, this psychotherapy experience enables you to reach your personal, relationship, and professional goals.
Countless studies over the past decade have shown online therapy to be on par with in-person sessions in terms of effectiveness.
Who is Teletherapy for?
Teletherapy is for people who desire the time-saving convenience of online therapy or for those who require a more accessible alternative to in-person therapy. Since teletherapy removes commuting time, people with limited time are able to have sessions during breaks in their day and in their own comfortable spaces. People who have transportation, mobility, or isolation issues find that online therapy opens up possibilities that are otherwise difficult or impossible.
Benefits of Online Therapy
Many people feel like they struggle to find time for juggle all of their commitments. Therapy often gets pushed down the list. Having access to therapy from the comfort and privacy of your home, office, or car and knowing that you do not have to carve out time for driving to or from sessions or find childcare makes online therapy unique and convenient. Sessions can be scheduled for your lunch hour, after you put your kids to bed or other convenient times what might not work for in-person sessions.
For people with transportation issues or mobility issues online therapy gets rid of a major barrier to starting therapy or attending sessions regularly.
In bad weather, during flu season, or this year during the COVID-19 pandemic online sessions provide a safe way to do therapy without having to venture out.
What Limitations Are There to Teletherapy?
Many mental health issues can be worked on successfully via teletherapy and a wide range of people benefit from it. However, it is not for everyone, some people prefer in-person sessions and certain mental health issues require in-person therapy. Head and Heart Therapy offers both.
In addition, since Temima Danzig, LCSW is licensed in the state of New Jersey, NJ law requires that clients be in the state of NJ at the time of sessions. If a client is out of state they are in a new jurisdiction and they would need to see a therapist licensed in that state.
How do Online Sessions Work?
Teletherapy sessions work much the same way as traditional in-person therapy sessions with only one significant difference – the therapist and the client are not in the same room.
Sessions are scheduled via email or phone, you are then sent a link for the video session. Head and Heart Therapy uses Google Meet or Doxy.me which are both HIPAA complaint. You can use any device - phone, tablet, or computer. Depending on the device you use for sessions, you may need to download an app, which you will be prompted to do when you click the link.
Once in the video session, the therapist and client can see and hear each other in real-time during via the use of webcams and the device’s audio. Teletherapy requires access to a device with video and audio, as well as a good internet or mobile connection.
Online Therapy and Privacy
Some people are concerned about who will see them go to therapy or in having to explain where they are going to a family member. Online therapy offers you the luxury of doing therapy from the privacy of your own home, office, or car (not while driving).
As with in-person sessions, therapists are bound by the same legal and ethical privacy standards. Your confidentiality is of utmost importance and we aim to protect that privacy. There are certain limits to confidentiality which can be found on the Get started page.
In today’s digital world people, it makes sense to want to protect your privacy digitally as well. In terms of the security of the software used, we use specialized software that is fully encrypted, offering a high level of security and privacy and that is HIPAA compliant.
Additionally, we ask clients to agree to:
Find a quiet and protected space for our virtual sessions.
That during our session time, no one else will be present in the room (unless indicated to the therapist and discussed prior to session).
That no phone calls, texts, emails or web surfing occur during sessions.
The session will not be recorded nor will screen shots be taken unless expressly discussed prior to session and with clinical goals in mind.
It’s normal to be anxious when there are new threats in your world. Many people are able to cope with these anxieties, even as stresses mount. But, for some people, the anxiety continues to build. If you’re feeling this, you’ve come to the right place.
The coronavirus pandemic that the world is now experiencing is a scary thing. Local and national governments are making hard choices to decrease the likelihood of the spread of the virus. People are taking their own measures as well. The way people talk about the virus betrays varying degrees of fear and anxiety. It makes you think about how it could affect yourself and the people you love. Panic driven behavior, such as purchasing large quantities of hand sanitizer, can make you think about your response. Is it enough? Should I be more worried. An ever growing spiral may develop.
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