Because of large gains in technology patients today have the opportunity to have access to their medical records online, to view statements or test results online, or they can potentially email their providers rather than playing phone tag. Not only is this convenient and efficient it also increases autonomy in patients. Like these other healthcare technology gains telemental health has been experiencing vast growth due to the younger generations being more skillful in navigating technology. You may have seen commercials on television lately advertising 1-800 numbers to connect to a counselor through your smartphone. If you are going to choose telehealth do your research. Make sure you are getting services from licensed and board certified professional.
Telehealth does allow patients the opportunity to speak with a therapist via their laptop or tablet. The advantages to this are numerous. Telehealth is extremely convenient and allows for patients to be private and comfortable in sessions. Hooray, no more awkward feelings about bumping into your neighbor in the waiting room! Telehealth also allows patients in rural and underserved areas to see a provider without an hour or more drive. Finally, telehealth is also a more cost-effective way of delivering services to patients for both the patient and the provider.
Telehealth is great for patients who are capable of managing technology, patients who are not experiencing severe symptomology, and are looking for a convenient and flexible therapy option for their busy schedule. Telehealth is not recommended for those who are actively suicidal, homicidal, or are at high risk. Telehealth is more successful for individual therapy than relational therapy.
If you are interested in more information regarding obtaining telehealth therapy services you can call Covenant Family Solutions at (319) 261-2292. An initial face-to-face session is required to fill out paperwork, review the policies around telehealth, have an intake assessment, and set up technology software.
About the Writer: Lauren Clayton-Wood, TLMFT
Lauren has training and experience in marital and family therapy. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, and medical issues. Lauren is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.
Lauren utilizes her educational background as a former middle school teacher when working with children and parents. She takes a strengths-based and solution focused approach in helping clients meet their goals.