Telehealth breaks down barriers. It connects you to a wider network, regardless of location, giving you the opportunity to find the care you need when you need it. Many of my clients are too busy to leave work and drive to and from their appointment. Others have children that they are caring for at home and don’t have the option of childcare. Telehealth offers you the ability to connect with me in your office, your car, from home, or anywhere that is convenient for you.
Telehealth also offers more privacy than face-to-face care, often making patients more willing to seek treatment via online counseling. Online therapy gives you the chance to receive care without the stigma of being seen by others at a clinic or office.
Telehealth offers convenience and is often preferable for patients that have challenges leaving home or interacting with others due to conditions such as physical disabilities, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Telehealth extends services to many. You may not have access to transportation or live in a rural area where mental health care is limited. Today, over 85% of Americans have access to the internet which makes seeking mental health treatment online possible.
Research on telehealth—which includes care delivered via phone, video or both—began around 1960 and continues to grow today. It indicates that Telehealth is working.
“What we’ve seen is that telehealth is essentially just as effective as face-to-face psychotherapy—and retention rates are higher,” says David Mohr, PhD, director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who has spent his career studying telepsychology and digital mental health.