Good Neighbor Psychology provides psychotherapy exclusively via telehealth. Sessions can be conducted over the phone or using our HIPAA compliant video platform. Telehealth services save you the time and effort of traveling to your therapist’s office. Some people also feel more comfortable having personal conversations with their therapist from their own space. Additionally, psychotherapy delivered via telehealth can be just as effective as in-person treatment. Although there are many advantages to telehealth services, here are some things to consider while evaluating whether this type of treatment will be a good fit for you:
- Severity of symptoms – If your symptoms are so intense that you can’t attend sessions regularly, or if you’re having difficulty keeping yourself safe, telehealth sessions may not offer enough support.
- Privacy – Psychotherapy works best when a patient knows they can freely share their thoughts and feelings with their therapist. If you are unable to join your telehealth sessions from a private location, it may be better for you to find an in person provider. This may be especially true for individuals who are currently experiencing violence at home. If you join a session from a public location (e.g., a grocery store or barber shop) your therapist will not proceed with the visit.
- Focus – Many of us are used to multitasking in our everyday lives. However, most people find that they get the most out of their sessions when they are focusing exclusively on their therapy (e.g., no answering emails or driving your car). Additionally, use of alcohol and drugs should be avoided before and during sessions.
- Technology – Ensuring a reliable connection during your telehealth sessions creates a more stress free experience. Video sessions tend to work best over a strong wifi connection. Joining a video session with your phone’s data plan may not work as well. If you prefer telephone sessions, make sure you have a strong signal.