Brilliant minds revolutionized the ways we communicate. Despite the distance, the internet has bridged the gap between individuals providing a platform for instant communication. Now, yet again, technology is revolutionizing another aspect of human engagement, psychotherapy. Here at Pacific Cognitive Behavior Therapy, psychotherapy via video conferencing is now a convenient option to choose from on the path to improving your mental health.
Here are some ways teletherapy (also known as telehealth) can benefit you:
1. Teletherapy keeps your convenience in mind.
Commuting to and from the office is now an unnecessary step in order to receive your 50-minute therapy session. Pacific CBT allows you to engage with any of our therapists via video conferencing through a HIPAA compliant platform. Not only does this mean therapy sessions can occur without leaving the comfort of your home, sacrificing sessions while out of town can also be a thing of the past.
2. HIPAA Compliant Therapy
When opting to meet outside of a practice, there are different factors that risk the confidentiality of your session. Finding a private and comfortable location to have your session via video conference is crucial to mimic in-office confidentiality. Once situated in a trusted location, our HIPAA compliant teletherapy platforms do not jeopardize the confidentiality of our patients.
3. The power of choice
The availability of teletherapy at Pacific CBT allows the agency to create the best personal treatment plan. Therapy via video conferencing can be beneficial for some clients who might not feel comfortable disclosing certain information in person. Once becoming familiar with both methods, bridging the use of in-office and at-home therapy can help you get the most effective care possible.
Although the development of teletherapy has convenience as its main focus, there are some disadvantages to consider:
- Physicians and therapists are just beginning to implement this method in their practices. Therefore, services delivered via video communication have not yet been sufficiently tested to ensure that it is as effective as in-person therapy.
- Due to the relatively new nature of this service, insurance companies may not cover services rendered through this method. Pacific CBT, however, is willing to help you navigate this process.
- As the human element is stripped from the experience, some of the nuances of communication may be lost in translation. Pacific CBT does not recommend teletherapy for clients in crisis or experiencing acute symptoms which might need a contained space to be treated.
Creating a plan to improve your mental health can be challenging. Pacific CBT is here to make things easier. Teletherapy broadens the ways psychotherapy can be beneficial to you. Talk to your therapist about ways you can implement teletherapy in your plan. The therapists at Pacific CBT can help determine if this is a good option for you.
Written by: Rudairo Segbeaya recently received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She’s working as an administrative assistant and social media coordinator at Pacific CBT while deciding the area of psychology she would like to study in graduate school.