Teletherapy – Phone & Video Counseling
Teletherapy, or online therapy, has become an increasingly popular way to do psychotherapy. During covid-19, as DC Talk Therapy closed its physical office doors, teletherapy has served a vital need for our clients who needed our help and support more than ever.
During covid-19, our therapists have gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback from our clients about doing their sessions online. In fact, preliminary research studies show that online therapy is often as effective, and sometimes even more so, than in-person therapy.
All of our DC therapists use HIPAA-compliant video platforms such as Doxy, VSee, Webex and Zoom. All of the platforms are secure, confidential and easy to use.
We do teletherapy in DC for individual counseling, marriage counseling/couples therapy and group therapy.
If you’re unfamiliar with these platforms, please contact our office administrator, Amy Brezee, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’d be happy to give you a five-minute demonstration.
Prior to your first teletherapy session, Amy will send you a Teletherapy Consent Form to your email via the Patient Portal along with your other intake forms. Once Amy has confirmed your session, you will receive an email from either her or your therapist with a link to your therapist’s platform. Your therapist will “start the call” with you at the agreed date/time of your session. If you wish to meet by phone, your therapist will call the number you provide. You can use your computer, tablet, or cell phone to participate in teletherapy.
Most healthcare plans provide coverage for teletherapy just like in-office therapy. Even if you think you don’t have coverage for telehealth, contact us, as we continue to get updates from insurance plans expanding telehealth benefits during covid-19.
By far, the No. 1 benefit to online therapy is convenience. And for so many of us who live fast-paced lives, convenience is hugely important.
Benefits of Teletherapy in DC:
- You can do your sessions from the comfort of your home or office
- No need to spend time and money traveling to our office
- No need to get a babysitter if you have young children
- You can still have your session in bad weather
- You can still have your session if you’re sick, injured or disabled
- No need to sit in a waiting room with other people
A few things to consider before starting teletherapy: It’s important to sit in a quiet and private space for your session; make sure that your location offers a strong internet connection; and there can be occasional technical glitches, so it’s important to have a backup platform.
If you have other questions or concerns about teletherapy in DC, we welcome the opportunity to discuss these with you. Please call us at 202.588.1288 or email us at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you online soon.