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Online Therapy Sessions

On-line therapy is an effective, legal, and ethical way to obtain confidential and HIPAA compliant counseling

Helping first responders and medical professionals move from internal turmoil to internal control through online and in person counseling

What is Online Therapy?

Online counseling, or virtual therapy, is nothing more than seeing your therapist over technology instead of in person. This can be done either asynchronously (there may be a delay during communication, for example when you send an email to someone and they open it the next day) vs synchronous (communicating in “real time” for example, talking with someone on the phone or over Skype).
 
Not everybody is appropriate for online therapy, so it is a good idea to work with someone who is credentialed to work as an online counselor to ensure you receive appropriate and safe treatment.
 
This may mean that the therapist deems you would benefit from in person therapy better than online therapy. If this happens, the therapist has been trained to identify risk factors for online therapy with you and it is important to heed the therapist’s suggestions to ensure you get your goals met safety and quickly.
 
You can find a list of therapists credentialed through the Telemental Health Institute to provide safe and ethical online therapy

Frequently asked Questions

Q: Is online mental health treatment legal?
A: Yes! In fact many insurance companies are starting to pay for it as well. It is important to make sure you utilize a therapist who has been trained in telemental health and that your on-line video platform is HIPAA compliant to ensure your confidentiality as best as possible.
 
Q: Is online mental health treatment legal?
A: Yes! In fact many insurance companies are starting to pay for it as well. It is important to make sure you utilize a therapist who has been trained in telemental health and that your on-line video platform is HIPAA compliant to ensure your confidentiality as best as possible.
 
Q: Is online mental health treatment secure?
A: It depends. Cell phones tend not to be encrypted well enough to be secure, so if you are texting with your therapist, be aware of this. Also many email domains are not secure. Many audio-video sites (google and Skype for example) are not secure enough either. When you go to the therapist’s on-line platform, make sure it clearly states it is HIPAA compliant to know that it is well encrypted and secure.
 
Q: Is online mental health treatment covered by insurance?
A: Many insurance companies are starting to cover on-line therapy sessions. It is important to talk with your therapist before you begin an on-line session to learn whether your session will be covered by insurance.
 
Q: What technology do I need to use?
A: It depends on what you and your therapist use. I use Doxy.me which I explain above. Generally, you will need a computer with a web-cam with audio.
 
Q: Are providers licensed?
A: There are many on-line and telephone providers of therapy these days. It is crucial that you know that your therapist is licensed and not just someone claiming to be a therapist. Just as you want to have a web platform that is HIPAA compliant for your confidentiality, you want a therapist who is verified to be licensed. Look them up – you should be able to find out whether your therapist is licensed by going to your state’s website and looking up a person by professional license (each state will display this differently).
 
Q: How are providers paid?
A: Again this depends on the platform you and your therapist use. To pay me, you will pay through pay-pal prior to our meeting on Doxy.me.
 
Q: Can I have a therapist outside my state?
A: Generally the answer is no unless they are licensed in the state you reside as well as their own state. The therapist you have must be licensed to practice in the state in which you reside. There are some exceptions such as a college student out of state, but check with the therapist (and licensing board if you need) to know the regulations on this.

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