I'd always been an advocate for in-person therapy.
But times are changing (they have been changing)! While I do encourage coming in to the office for a session, I do understand that more and more people are working from home, and, depending on where you live, you're not too keen on adding up to an extra hour (or more!) of driving in traffic each week just to see your therapist.
By offering telehealth services, not only can current clients remain in treatment, but I can also admit and support new clients—not just locally but throughout the state of California—in a safe way.
WHAT IS TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth is the use of telecommunication and virtual technology to deliver health care services remotely and in real time. This can include audio only or video.
With telehealth, I can serve:
I use a HIPAA-compliant telehealth service to ensure your privacy and confidentiality.
IS TELEHEALTH FOR ME?
Online therapy may be for you if:
- you are unable to come in due to a physical disability or ailment,
- you experience debilitating anxiety,
- your work/life schedule leaves little time or desire to come in to the office,
- you'd like to work with me, but are outside of the LA (Sherman Oaks) area.
Online therapy may not be for you if:
- you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have
experienced a personal tragedy.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.
- you are have a serious psychiatric illness, a serious addiction, or have more severe or complex symptoms of a mental health condition.
- you live outside of California.
Flexibility. There's no need to take time off of work. If you have access to your phone or wifi on your laptop, you can make your appointment happen anywhere (within California).
No transportation time or costs. Save money on gas, parking, or public transportation. And best of all, you can avoid traffic!
Eliminate child or elder care issues. Finding care for your dependents can be time-consuming and costly. With telehealth, you can maintain your responsibilities and your self care.
Comfort. While there has never and will never be a dress code in my practice, with telehealth you can stay in bed rather than on the (comfortable) couch in my office.
Connection. While technology has come a long way, it's still not perfect. Dodgy wifi, dropped calls, or phantom echoes may make for distractions.
A different kind of connection. There's something to be said for being in the same room. It may be argued that mirror neurons (the neurons that allow us to reflect body language, facial expressions, and emotions) fire more effectively when in person.
Distractions. When you're in my office, you're there for a dedicated reason. Using your own personal space for our time together can come with the all sorts of added intrusions, whether it's the kids, the pets, or anything else you can think of.