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The Scoop On Online Therapy or Telehealth during the COVID19 Pandemic

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Blog post written by,

Lissette Cortes, PsyD

Telehealth or Online Therapy is the ability for therapy session to be held remotely through a phone, tablet or computer with either audio or visual engagement. Telehealth or Online Therapy is designed with the purpose of making what seems inaccessible, accessible. It is designed to fit on your schedule, at your own time, from the comfort of your own home.

Online therapy allows for clinicians and clients to connect against odds and obstacles, to provide appropriate care where and when it is needed. With the current challenges our society is facing with COVID19, we are seeing a dramatic increase in anxiety and distress in our population. If you or someone you know is struggling, please know that you are not alone and that help is available.

Most of us are trying to keep up with the news, having kids at home, figuring out our work routines, getting groceries and supplies all while staying healthy. We have begun a routine of connection with the challenges we are facing and yet it’s not surprising that we are falling out of connection with ourselves.

At first the idea of connecting with your clinician over the Internet can feel intimidating, as most unfamiliar things often do. It’s completely OK to discuss your concerns with your provider or clinician. You will find that using a webcam is similar to creating a video on your phone. It can often be fun although sometimes awkward. Video allows for your clinician to observe your non-verbal cues and gestures to get a deeper sense of how you feel and what you are experiencing. At times people chose to begin with only phone or audio sessions to feel it out and feel more comfortable to transition into video sessions. We understand this is a new and unfamiliar time for all of us, and we are all making adjustments and often stepping out of our comfort zone.

We encourage you to give telehealth a try. Research shows that outcomes of face-to-face therapy are just as powerful and successful as online therapy. Some studies even suggest it to be more successful as it can be done in a more real-life environment addressing here-and-now challenges. We may need to keep physical distance from each other at this time, but this does not mean we need to give up on connection.

Please contact me directly at 561. 600. 1424 for a FREE consultation. Services are available in English and Spanish.

Stay Healthy!

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