What is Online Therapy?

 

Telepsychology (aka “online therapy”), also know as “telementalhealth” or simply “telehealth,” refers to the provision of psychological services remotely through the use of technology. Dr. Andy provides psychotherapy, life coaching, and professional consultation through secure, videoconferencing.

What is it like to participate in telepsychology?

Basically, the experience of participating in telepsychology with Dr. Andy is very similar to video chat with other people in your life. Dr. Andy and his clients interact through the use of web cameras and microphones over a secure internet connection. Often, Dr. Andy will follow-up with his clients after sessions through secure messaging, a type encrypted email,  to provide them with helpful worksheets that assist in learning new coping skills.

Do you have to be a computer genius to participate in telepsychology?

No! If you know how to use email, click on internet links, fill out forms, and use videochat, you already have 95% of the skills you need to make the most out of telepscychology. Of course, you will need access to high-speed internet, a web cam (most computers have them these days), and a microphone of some sort. Earbuds with integrated microphones that often come with smart phones are perfect for telepsychology.

Why would I chose telepsychology over traditional, in-person psychological services?

Telepsychology is not for everyone (please see links below), but it is a great option for people who are pressed for time and/or who don’t have access to evidence-based, cognitive behavior therapy in their area (more info on those topics below).   Telepsychology is also a much more convenient option for many people compared to traditional, in-person therapy. Think about it: the process of attending a traditional therapy session can be quite a time investment. You need to drive to the provider’s office, spend an hour or so completing the session, and then drive back home or to work. Plus, you may have to use personal time from work or miss out on other important activities after work just to make time for therapy. All that time adds up. Dr. Andy’s clients simply log into their appointments by clicking an internet link. It’s much easier to find 45-60 minutes to log in to an online session than to find 2+ hours to attend an in person session.   Another very important consideration you must make when choosing a provider is the quality of care that they provide. Unfortunately, many providers do not have training in treatments with the most scientific support for the most common presenting problems. Other providers actually have decided NOT to provide evidence-based therapies because they conflict with their own beliefs about what constitutes “good therapy.” Most potential clients have limited options regarding therapists due to geographical restrictions and time (see paragraph above). Telepsychology removes those barriers and restrictions so that informed consumers can choose the provider that has the skills that are likely to be the most helpful instead of being forced to choose between closer, but less qualified, providers.

What types of problems are a good match for CBT provided via telehealth?

CBT via telehealth can be an effective treatment for many clients. This is especially true for clients who struggle with depression, most anxiety problems, insomnia, PTSD and trauma-related issues, stress management, anger problems, life transitions, relationship problems, and performance issues.

What types of problems are not a good match for CBT provided via telehealth?

CBT via telehealth is a poor fit for clients who are at high risk of harming themselves or others, who have a history of frequent self-injury and/or suicidal behavior,  and  who have serious mental health problems. If you are struggling with any of these issues, you will be better served by a therapist that you can meet with in-person. You can search for therapists in your area here.

What geographical areas are served by Dr. Andy?

State and federal regulations regarding the provision of telehealth are evolving. At the present time, most jurisdictions require that both the client and clinician who have a therapeutic relationship are located in the same state if they plan to interact via telehealth. However, in certain circumstances where a therapeutic relationship does not exist (e.g., life coaching, professional consultation), regulations are less strict.   Currently, Dr. Andy is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland and can only accept clients for therapy in this state. However, Dr. Andy is happy to provide a free consultation session with you to discuss your needs and to determine if telehealth is the right option.

How do I request a FREE consultation with Dr. Andy to see if telehealth is right for me?

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What happens if I need help but telehealth with Dr. Andy isn’t the best option?

CBT via telehealth is a poor fit for clients who are at high risk of harming themselves or others, who have a history of frequent self-injury and/or suicidal behavior,  and  who have serious mental health problems. If you are struggling with any of these issues, you will be better served by a therapist that you can meet with in-person. You can search for therapists in your area here.