What is Distance support and Teletherapy?
There are many things that can get in the way of connecting with help when we need it. Distance support, also known as teletherapy, TMH, and telebehavioral health, is the practice of using telecommunications to connect with clients to provide counseling and support services.
This can happen in a number of different safe and secure ways, most commonly over text, email-style messaging, voice and video conferencing, and instant message-style communication. The goal is to connect you to support in the way that is most convenient and effective for YOU.
Our lives don't always follow our therapy schedules, and teletherapy allows for creative, outside-the-box support. This exciting, positive and flexible way to connect reflects our often busy, dynamic, and non-traditional lifestyles.
Is it effective?
As telemental health becomes more popular, research has kept up with the trend, and the results are positive. Research has found that teletherapy is effective with diverse populations, in a number of different settings, and has been shown to be comparable to in-person care in terms of efficacy.
Telemental health is currently connecting people to support and increasing access to care. A number of studies have shown that clients demonstrate the same satisfaction with services and improvement in symptoms when using online support as when connected to support in-person.
How does it work?
Our goals will be the same as if we were meeting in-person - we will focus on what is most on your mind, and work on what you want to change in your life. We will have contact via confidential, HIPAA compliant messaging and video sessions, and will have the ability to connect at times and in places that are convenient, comfortable, and easy for you. We will work together to create a schedule and rhythm that feels best in your life.