For the time being, all of my appointments are conducted via telehealth.
What is Telehealth? Telehealth is a form of secure audio-video conferencing that allows you to receive health care services outside of the office. Use of Telehealth requires reliable access to electronic equipment with high-speed Internet and video cameras as well as access to safe and private spaces.
Is Telehealth effective in psychology? Unequivocally, yes! Extensive research conducted on this topic has concluded that use of psychological interventions delivered over telephone or video for clients with mental health concerns demonstrates clear, consistent evidence of a beneficial effect. Overall, the research supports that teletherapy is just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy for a range of circumstances.
What are the risks and benefits of Telehealth? The benefits of Telehealth include having access to psychotherapy without having to travel to an office. Electronic systems used incorporate security protocols that protect patient confidentiality and safeguard the data. There are risks unique and specific to Telehealth, including but not limited to, the possibility that clinical appointments or other communications regarding your treatment could be disrupted or distorted by technical failures or could be interrupted or could be accessed by unauthorized persons. The alternative to Telehealth is a face-to-face visit.
What are the confidentiality limitations? All existing confidentiality protections under federal and California law apply to information used or disclosed during your Telehealth appointment. All laws concerning access to medical records apply to Telehealth. Patient-identifiable information from the Telehealth visits remain confidential and protected pursuant to all applicable laws.
What are the logistics of a Telehealth visit? You will receive a calendar invitation or email with a link for your telehealth visit ahead of your appointment. Current online platforms that I use for teletherapy include Doxy.me and Zoom. Just like with in-person visits, you are expected to be logged in and ready for your session at the scheduled time. The location in which you present to your appointment is important for maintaining focus, privacy and safety. Public locations or areas where noise and interruptions are likely are usually not appropriate.
If you’re interested in discussing your needs and finding out if teletherapy will work for you, please contact my office at (650) 434 3455.
This website is provided for information purposes only. No professional relationship is assumed by use of this website.