It is no surprise that our world is much different today than in years past. Due to COVID-19, different rights’ movements, and economic difficulties, we need to find healthy ways to adapt to our ever changing environment. We, as mental health professionals, know how important it is to manage our lives and try to set ourselves up for a successful future. Due to so many unknowns, people are wondering how they can approach these uncertainties while still providing safety to themselves and loved ones.

As a way to be more adaptable, we are offering teletherapy (online therapy). This is typically done over a HIPAA compliant service like Zoom to protect your privacy and confidentiality. To best do this, all you need to have is reliable internet to stream a video call, a quiet place in your home for privacy, and a way to hear and speak through your choice of device (phone, tablet, computer).

There are some obvious benefits for doing teletherapy, especially with all that is going on in the world today. Teletherapy provides a safe alternative to attending therapy in person with flexible times of service while eliminating need for travel. Teletherapy also allows for the therapist to see the client in their natural environment, potentially working with the family system for the best results. Anxiety-related issues can more easily be managed through teletherapy by eliminating some of their exposures (i.e. social interactions, public fear of germs/spread of coronavirus, fear of death, fear of traveling, etc.). 

Now, we understand that teletherapy might not be for everyone. It might not work great for those with limited internet use or those easily distracted by home life. Some individuals want to feel the personal connection via in-person appointments. These reasons are valid and important when trying to manage your mental health care needs. As you strive to adapt and figure out how to best move forward with life, we invite you to consider this different approach that can be safe and flexible for you. 

Contact us today to find out more about how traditional therapy or teletherapy can help you!

Conrad Cannell, LAMFT