"Telemental health" means, in short, "provision of mental health services with the provider and recipient of services being in separate locations, and the services being delivered over electronic media." Services delivered via telemental health rely on a number of electronic, often Internet-based, technology tools. We are currently offering telemental health services due to COVID-19 pandemic. Our sessions are conducted through a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform.
Benefits of telemental health include:
- The ability to receive services when you are unable to travel to the provider's office
- The ability to receive services at times or in places where the service may not otherwise be available.
- The ability to receive services in a fashion that may be more convenient and less prone to delays.
Risks of telemental health include:
- Internet connections and cloud services could cease working or become too unstable to use.
- Cloud-based service personnel, IT assistants, and malicous actors (hackers) may have the ability to access your private information that is transmitted or stored in the process of telemental health service delivery.
- Computer or smartphone hardware can have sudden failures or run out of power, or local power services can go out.
Your telemental health environment:
You will be responsible for creating a safe and confidential space during sessions. You should use a space that is free of other people. It should also be difficult or impossible for people outside the space to see or hear your interactions with your provider during the session. If you are unsure of how to do this, please ask your provider for assistance.
Is telemental health right for you?
Although it is well validated by research, service delivery via telemental health is not a good fit for every person. Your provider will continuously assess if working via telemental health is appropriate for your case. If it is not appropriate, your provider will help you find in-person providers with whom to continue services.
I offer HIPAA compliant online video counseling!
You are required to create an account to use this service.
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Please fill out the form below with your Name, Email Address and Phone Number and I will reach out to you. Once we have established contact I will create your account and you will receive a followup email to complete the account setup.
The account setup must be completed before you can attend a video session.
Steps for checking into your Online Video Session:
- Login to your account using the link above.
- Navigate to the calendar and click on your appointment to locate the 'Check In' button.
- Click 'Check In' to enter the virtual room where we will meet for the session.
- Locate the chat feature in the bottom right corner to communicate with me before beginning the session.
- When we are ready to begin press 'Start Session' to activate your microphone and camera.
- Your computer may show a message asking to allow the program to access your microphone and camera.
Are You Ready For Online Counseling?
- Do you have a laptop, desktop PC or Mac which is 3 years old or newer?
Older devices may struggle to run the program properly.
- Is your space equipped with a modern internet connection that is reliable?
Connecting directly to your router using an Ethernet cable for wired internet is recommended though wireless networks can work fine as well.
- Have you downloaded Chrome or Firefox to your computer to use as your internet browser?
Standard browsers such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Safari on a Mac may encounter compatibility issues with the video software as those browsers are not as up to date with modern code.
- Do you have access to a working webcam?
Most modern laptops have built in webcams which will work great for online counseling! If you have a desktop PC or Mac you may need to purchase and set up an external webcam.
- Are you comfortable navigating computer software?
The online portal is easy to navigate and does not require any training to use. However, those who find computers to be confusing or frustrating in general may not be a good fit for online counseling.