Teletherapy Options

In light of the recent pandemic, quarantine and social distance requirements teletherapy is a viable option when in person sessions are not feasible.  If you’re concerned that initiating a relationship and working with a therapist via a video screen feels like it will be a sub par experience as opposed to meeting in person, you can take heart that the basics of the therapeutic process always remain the same, no matter how you show up, be it online, in person, Both therapists and clients may have questions and concerns about the efficacy of teletherapy but as our world becomes increasingly digitally connected teletherapy has arisen as an effective alternative.  Below are some common questions in regards to teletherapy and how it’s utilized.

How do online therapy sessions work?

Sessions are scheduled the same way a face-to-face session would be and at the appointed time the two will then log-in via an agreed, secure video platform. The therapist and client can see and hear each other in real-time where they can interact with each other, and the therapist will use the same traditional techniques and activities they would use in a face-to-face therapy session.

Are teletherapy sessions private?

Just as it is with face-to-face sessions therapists are ethically and legally bound not to share information about sessions with outside parties.  The therapist must ensure they are in a private and secure space before engaging in any online sessions and sessions are not recorded or shared.  It is also incumbant upon the client that they make sure they as well are in a private and secure space.  The software used to conduct sessions must be HIPPA approved and encrypted ensuring a hight level of privacy and security,

Is teletherapy as effective as face-to-face therapy?

Teletherapy started over 20 years ago as a way to reach people in remote areas.  Research has been done since then evaluating it’s effectivness and overall the research to date has shown that teletherapy can be very effective for certain issues.  It is important to note that the relationship between the therapist and client is of paramount importance to a successful outcome and in person sessions are sometimes vital to build that rapport and trust.  An individual suffering from issues of building healthy relationships or struggles with social interaction may find teletherapy is not the best option.