First Responders, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Abuse
What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy is the same as in-office therapy, just brought to you in the comfort of your own home. This accommodates your schedule, as it allows more flexibility. Many people work during the day, making it difficult to attend a noon appointment across town. Now I can meet with you during your lunch hour, between kids' extracurricular activities, or after the baby is down for their nap, just as long as you have a private, secure and safe space to talk.
Is it as good as in office therapy?
Research indicates that teletherapy is just as effective as in-office therapy, with the benefit of not dealing with traffic, babysitting concerns, or limited scheduling options. It also lowers the cost of treatment, as there are no fees applied for office space.
Though it makes mental health treatment more accessible and affordable, it is not ideal for all people. Online therapy is not appropriate for those who have active suicidal ideation, active self-harm, an active drug or alcohol abuse, or suffering from serious psychiatric conditions, such as auditory or visual hallucinations.
What do I need for teletherapy?
You will need access to working wifi. We encourage clients to use a computer or a large tablet rather than a smartphone, making it easier to see each other's expressions. You will also need access to a safe, private, and quiet space to conduct the session. Ideally, the place you choose will offer you confidentiality or the ease to speak openly and freely, without the fear of others "overhearing."