Due to COVID-19 and/or other reasons you may not be able to attend a therapy session in person, online therapy is now available. Although it may seem unfamiliar at first, many people often find that they come to like meeting online for a variety of reasons (convenience, flexibility, etc). People often have several questions when it comes to online therapy or teletherapy which I have answered below. To schedule a teletherapy intake session click here for my online scheduling. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
What is online therapy?
Teletherapy is a therapy session that takes place on your computer, tablet, or phone (any device with a camera and speakers) through HIPPA compliant video conferencing software. This allows you the freedom to schedule sessions without having to travel to my office. The only caveat is that you need to be located in Georgia during the session since that is where I am licensed.
Will my insurance pay for online therapy?
Oftentimes it will. My assistant will double check your benefits to make sure you are covered before we engage in any online therapy sessions.
Will we ever meet in person?
Sometimes we will meet in person for the first session. Unfortunately, during the outbreak of COVID-19, this is not possible. I typically prefer to meet with people in person at least once to make sure that online therapy is an appropriate modality for treatment.
Is online therapy the same as regular therapy?
Yes and no. It's definitely not exactly the same since we do not have the ability to sit across from each other and interact in person. However, online therapy is similar in many ways. With a good microphone and strong internet connection, we are able to communicate quite easily, and the majority of the content we discuss is likely to be the same.
Does online therapy work?
Yes. Online therapy has been shown in research studies to be as effective as in person therapy.
What are the benefits of online counseling?
There are several benefits to teletherapy. You do not have to leave your house and deal with Atlanta traffic. You are able to schedule appointments for times that might not have worked if you had to factor in the time to drive here. If you have any physical conditions that make it hard for you to get around, you will not have to worry about the stress of getting yourself here.
For more information about the online therapy services I provide, give me a call at 678-203-4499 or contact me here.