Telehealth includes the provision of mental health, medical, or psychiatric care via digital systems of communication, including text, video or audio devices. There is precedent for the use of Telehealth for a variety of challenges with a high level of efficacy.
We use zoom, a HIPAA confidential platform (with a business associate agreement in place), which can be accessed from a phone, tablet or computer. Just fill out our intake form here, or e-mail your provider to switch to this method.
Common Fears & Misconceptions:
It won't feel as connected
My therapist won't understand me as well
Technical issues will make it hard to understand
What We Know:
When your therapist is present, they can be just as effective digitally.
The social engagement system (your nervous system response which regulates threat activation) is engaged through the cranial nerves in your face (eye contact, expressions, vocal tone, sound). In particular, your ventral vagus nerve serves as the communication system to the rest of your autonomic nervous system. As your therapist remains calm, they facilitate co-regulation through mirror neurons in your body. This is the same in video or in person.
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Client feedback is key; during video sessions check in a lot, and share your individual needs during a video or audio call.