Telehealth is when we meet by technological means rather than face-to-face in the office. We use Zoom or another HIPPA-compliant program to insure confidentiality. Almost all insurances now cover telehealth as a way to meet your therapist.
Disadvantages? It can seem impersonal, especially for us older people are used to being in the same place as the person we’re talking to. Some people make the first session in the office to get a feel of things then shift to telehealth afterwards.
A lot of the non-verbal communication is hidden. We rely on this quite a bit and when it’s absent we can tell. Internet hiccups can be distracting.
Advantages? No risk of COVID or similar worries. No traffic jams on the way to the office. For the tech-experienced there may not be any adjustments needed to be just as valuable as an office visit.
What’s required? You need a set-up to log into an account using a stable system that won’t bounce us off. Your tablet, phone, or desktop PC will work. Find a quiet and private space without distractions. Ideally, a consistent environment so the focus is on our communication.