It is accessing therapy services online. Teletherapy is therapy through live video-conferencing. It is the same service you would receive in the office, except you meet with your clinician from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device — it’s your choice! Telehealth is a broader term that includes all services provided via electronic communications, including video conferencing, phone, email, text, and fax.
You’ll be sent a link for the video appointment. Just click on it when the appointment is scheduled to start. If using a smartphone, you will open it through the Telehealth by SimplePractice app (download free in the app store). It truly is that simple. FAQs can be found in the Getting Started with Telehealth guide below.
Telehealth is private and confidential. Teletherapy is done through a secure HIPAA-compliant platform. The video sessions are not recorded and are confidential as an in-office session. However, you must have a private space for your therapy appointment. Find a quiet location where you won't be interrupted by roommates, family members, coworkers, or other distractions.
Clinicians are only allowed to practice in the states where they hold a license. This is true whether the sessions are in-office or video-conferencing. We are currently licensed in Ohio and Illinois. Currently, we only see psychotherapy clients whose primary address is in Ohio. Consultation and EAP services are available for those in Ohio and Illinois. Other than that, anywhere you can find a consistent internet connection and some privacy will do.
Some insurance plans do cover telehealth services. However, every policy is different, so it is best to call your insurance provider directly to inquire. EAP programs like Lyra Health often cover telehealth.
Teletherapy can be quite convenient and save time. It can be done between classes or from the office without worrying about commuting. However, it isn't appropriate for everyone. Your clinician will discuss if it is a suitable choice.
Current clients can log in to their client portal to schedule online. If you prefer, contact your provider, and they can schedule the appointment for you.
Yes, consultations are available via video conferencing. A consultation offers the opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns, and prescreen for appropriate next steps but is not admission to treatment. No diagnosis is made, nor is medical necessity evaluated during a consultation. Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluations are only done in the office at this time.
To participate in Telehealth appointments, you need one of the following devices:
1. Desktop computer with a webcam and speakers
2. Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers
3. Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers
4. Smartphone (Note: To use a smartphone, you must first download Telehealth by SimplePractice - available for iOS or Android in the app store)
You will also need an internet connection that is at least 10mbps.
Christy Pulsford, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC
8050 Beckett Center Dr. | West Chester, Ohio 45069
Phone: (513) 847-3891
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