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Why Telehealth (video therapy) is important during COVID-19

As the news about COVID-19 virus continues to raise concern and worry in our communities and as local and state governments urge the population to practice “Social Distancing” as a way to reduce and contain the spread of the virus, there are ways in which you will be able to continue with your mental care needs. We understand that this is a time in which uncertainty is the biggest factor that we deal with but your mental health does not have to be.

The option to have therapy through a secure video portal is not a new development. In fact, in the last couple of years it has risen in use due to it’s convenience for access and it’s ease in use. Telehealth is a way to continue to have your counseling session from the privacy of your home from your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device (IOS or Android). I am able to provide Telehealth through SimplePractice Video Chat which utilizes a Hippa compliant platform to ensure your privacy.

While video sessions are not quite the same as live sessions, they can be as effective and helpful. I believe that by taking these precautions we will be helping to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19 and take care not only of ourselves but our community.

In order to use Telehealth, you will access it through a unique secure link to the Telehealth by SimplePractice video portal. At first the process may feel daunting but it is actually quite simple.

You can access it via the browser on your computer or even on your phone (for the phone you must first download the “Telehealth by SimplePractice” app for IOS or Android)

A few things to keep in mind:

1.- Find a place that is quiet and private

2.- The use of headphones/earbuds help with sound quality

3.- Most wireless networks work well but if you have a wired connection available it is recommended

4.- It is possible that at times the connection may lag or the video may freeze.  All you have to do is disconnect and connect again via the link. If it does not work, the session can be continued over the phone.

You may have more questions regarding Telehealth.  SimplePractice has published a helpful guide that you can access here

As always, I am here to answer any other questions that you may have.  I am looking forward to meeting you in this virtual way until our lives and communities return to their normal state. In the mean time, stay safe, utilize the precautions recommended by the CDC and do your part to keep everyone safe.

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