Here are 5 myths about online mental health care.
Telemental health is too new
It has actually been around for several years.
Telemental health is only for the underserved and those who live in rural areas
Anyone can use telemental health. It saves travel time, gas money, and can more easily fit into a busy schedule.
You miss out on nonverbal cues with telemental health
During video chat, nonverbal cues can still be picked up. Proper room lighting, camera placement, and having a strong internet / wifi connection play an important role in this. The mental health professional will let you know if they can’t see you.
It takes longer to develop rapport with telemental health
It takes the same amount of time as in-office sessions to develop rapport, keeping in mind that the counselor should be a good fit to work with.
Telemental health is not secure
Telemental health can be set up HIPAA compliant and secure to the standard of ethics. There are multiple safeguards in place.
More details on telemental health
Shannon and her clients use SimplePractice
Take a peak at SimplePractice. Clients have a client portal, where they can receive mental health resources and homework assignments. These are downloadable.
People can receive appointment reminders via text or email, and a unique, secure link to enter their session. The video chat is similar to Zoom and has a chat feature. SimplePractice is intuitive and user friendly.
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