Frequently Asked Questions
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What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy is therapy or counseling that is done without the therapist and the client being in the same room. Teletherapy counseling can be done over the phone or face to face through a secure online platform. We’re constantly learning more online strategies, more interactive games, and more interactive ways of working with people to improve the teletherapy experience, which will only improve over time.
What are some other terms for teletherapy?
While teletherapy or teletherapy counseling have become popular terms for therapy that isn’t done in person, there are many terms to describe teletherapy. Some of these include virtual therapy, virtual counseling, online therapy, online counseling, e-therapy, and distance therapy.
How does teletherapy work?
Teletherapy allows you to engage in therapy anywhere. You can go for a walk or talk to your therapist in your room. You can use the telephone or an online platform so you can see your therapist on camera. Teletherapy sessions are just as beneficial as in-person therapy sessions, but they eliminate the commute to the office and sitting in the uncomfortable waiting room.
How is teletherapy helpful?
Teletherapy counseling can be very beneficial because you get to go to therapy on your terms. While some people choose to talk to their therapist or counselor online in their own private space, such as their bedroom, others choose to take their therapist with them on a walk or to the park. Just like in in-person therapy, you are in control over your treatment process. With teletherapy, you get to decide what works best for you. Also, if you choose to be on camera with your teletherapist, we get to see into your world and gain a better understanding of you than if you were sitting in our office.
Do I have to be on camera during a teletherapy session?
No, you don’t have to be on camera. You can talk to your therapist on the phone if that’s more comfortable for you.
What’s the right environment for teletherapy?
There is no one right place to engage in teletherapy. The right environment is one that makes you feel the most comfortable. It should be private enough that you feel safe talking to your therapist. For example, a crowded playground with a lot of distractions isn’t the best place to engage in teletherapy. You also want to take into account how distracting your space is. If you’re in your room and it’s messy and chaotic, it may be difficult to feel organized during a therapy session. Environmental chaos can make us feel emotionally and cognitively off balance, so make sure whatever space you’re in is tidy and feels safe and comfortable.
How do I keep my privacy during teletherapy?
If you choose to engage in teletherapy in your home and have limited privacy, there are ways to make that experience more private. You can use sound machines, headphones, step outside (if it’s quiet), put the television on in the other room, or lock your door.
How do I know if teletherapy is right for me?
We always start by doing a teletherapy evaluation and giving it a try. We will meet with both parents and child or teen and determine whether the space you intend to practice teletherapy in is suitable for you or your child. If you choose to do teletherapy counseling online from home, we’ll have visual access to your space and can make suggestions about how to make the space more calming and organized to increase coping skills and emotional regulation.
What if I think my problem is too big for teletherapy?
Although we don’t recommend teletherapy for people in crisis, we do work with some people who are in high-risk situations with their mental health. While there are limits to what mental health difficulties teletherapy can treat, most of the time your problem will not be too big for teletherapy. If you want to give teletherapy a try but are concerned that it won’t be enough for you, reach out to us for a consultation to see if teletherapy is the right course of treatment for you.
How is doing teletherapy different from doing school or work online?
Teletherapy can be a relaxing experience. Working online all day, whether it’s a professional job or for school, can be draining, but teletherapy doesn’t have to be. It’s therapy done your way, and if you or your child are having Zoom fatigue, that’s ok, because we can still make your teletherapy experience positive and different from the rest of your online activities.
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How is therapy helpful?
Therapy, which can also be referred to as mental health counseling, is helpful for people who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, overwhelm, and stress. It’s an opportunity to learn coping skills to manage these mental health challenges. Therapists or counselors offer a safe space for you to work through the difficulties you are facing related to your mental health.
Do you take insurance?
No, we’re out-of-network, which means that we offer reimbursement forms known as superbills that can be submitted to your insurance company. Check with your insurance company to learn about your out-of-network benefits. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions about insurance you may have.
What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a type of psychotherapy that is rooted in the belief that psychological problems are partially based on negative patterns of thinking and learned patterns of behavior that no longer serve you. CBT uses problem-solving skills to challenge these thoughts and behaviors to reduce psychological distress. CBT has been known to be especially helpful in the treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues and PTSD.
Do you only do CBT?
No, CBT is not the only type of therapy we do. However, most of our work is based on CBT because it is very effective for the type of clients we see. We also incorporate psychodynamic and solution-focused therapy. These are different types of therapies that focus on a deeper understanding of your emotions (psychodynamic) and learning from your existing skills to move towards the future that you want (solution-focused therapy). However, virtual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is our primary therapeutic modality.
What’s the difference between social workers and other mental health practitioners?
Licensed social workers are able to provide therapy and counseling, just like other mental health practitioners. However, social workers also do case management. We can team up with schools and other service providers and make recommendations to other helping professionals. We have a team approach to our work with our clients. We’re therapists first, but can provide these additional services as part of our licensure. Check out our blog to learn about why we all became social workers.
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