There are many reasons people prefer therapy through the use of technology. People who lack resources in their community, have difficulty traveling to an office, or convenience. Whatever the reason, telemental health or TMH or it is often called, offers therapy in an easy to access and secure environment.
Technology used in therapy can include videoconferencing programs, email support, or even telephone support.
TMH is not for everyone, the person should be comfortable with technology and have the ability to use the desired format with relatively little trouble.
TMH has been studied for a number of years and is found to be as effective to face-to-face therapy in many cases. Of course, for more serious issues such as psychosis or suicidal behaviors, face-to-face counseling is better suited.
The videoconferencing software in use is HIPAA compliant and secure. Carrie is Board Certified in TMH by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Although we use secure devices, your devices must also be secure in order to protect your privacy. We take all appropriate steps to ensure your privacy and will guide you on how you can protect yourself as well.
There are always limitations to privacy such as using a public hotspot or using your device in a public place.
Do you think you might be interested in telemental health counseling?
If you are comfortable using technology and feel that TMH is something you would like to try please feel free to schedule an appointment.