If you are on the move and find it difficult to physically meet with your therapist, E-Therapy may be for you. Any device that has a Web browser can be used: computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Distance counseling meets the demands of the digital world and allows clients to better fit their therapy into their schedules and lifestyles. Donald Hilty and colleagues did a meta-analysis of a decade’s worth of research on telemental health, the Telemedicine and e-Health. They found that across many populations and disorders, its outcomes are comparable to in-person care. Sometimes it might even be preferable.
As a licensed tele-counselor in Arkansas, I have received the most extensive training and certification available. The Arkansas Board of Examiners and Counseling has long been at the forefront of e-Counseling requiring stringent training and licensing.
However, tele-therapy may not be the right solution for you if any of the following is true:
- You have thoughts of hurting yourself or others
- You are a minor or you are under the care of a legal guardian
- You are in an urgent crisis or an emergency situation
- You have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, or if you have been advised to be in psychological supervision or psychiatric care
- You were required to undergo therapy or counseling either by a court order or by any other authority
- You do not have a device that can connect to the Internet or you do not have a reliable Internet connection.
Please note e-therapy won’t be able to make any official diagnosis, to fulfill any court order or prescribe medication.
Some other considerations:
Coverage and benefits for traditional therapy and counseling services may not cover e-Therapy, but generally the following rules apply:
- With many health insurance plans, coverage can be partial, limited, or not at all.
- Even if your plan covers all your costs, there maybe a co-pay that you would be required to pay.
If you consider using your health insurance, please check your coverage carefully by asking your provider the following questions:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
If you are thinking about doing Internet therapy, please contact our office for further questions. We will be happy to help you with any questions. If you would like more information about e-therapy please check out this link: The ABC’s of Internet Therapy