The coronavirus crisis has impacted all of our lives. Sheltering in place, social distancing, fear of coming down with the virus and loss of income are leading to an increase in stress, anxiety and even depression for many individuals. During this difficult time, we are here to help by providing online therapy.
What is online therapy?
Online therapy is just like face-to-face therapy only it is provided virtually over a secure HIPPA compliant internet connection. The only requirements are access to the internet and a device with a camera. You will meet with your therapist at the scheduled day and time by simply clicking on a link sent to your email. It’s that easy!
From there, your session will proceed just like an in-office session.
Is online therapy covered by my insurance?
Most likely-yes. During the coronavirus outbreak, most insurance companies along with Medicare are providing coverage for online therapy. Several companies are also waiving copays and deductibles during this time. For many people, accessing mental health help is more affordable than ever before. If you are uncertain about your coverage, call our office at (248) 563-0587, and we will verify benefits for you.
Does online therapy really help?
Feedback from our clients is that they find it very helpful. Some find it comforting being in their own home with familiar and comforting surroundings. Clients have also enjoyed the convenience of online therapy. There’s no driving, and it allows them to maintain physical distancing while having social contact. The benefits are also supported by research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders and the Journal of Psychological Disorders, which found online therapy to be just as effective as face-to-face for depression and anxiety.
Everyone in my family is at home so there is no privacy for online therapy.
This is a common obstacle for many individuals, but we are finding that clients are being resourceful and having their virtual sessions from their vehicles and even their garages. Others have had their spouse keep the kids occupied outside or in another room of the house so they can have 45-60 minutes of privacy. Using headphones and earbuds also enhances privacy. Your mental health is important, especially during this time. If you are struggling to figure out a way to meet virtually, contact our office at (248) 563-0587 and we will see if we can come up with a solution.
I would prefer to come into the office so I will just wait until this is over to start therapy.
It is understandable that you prefer to see your therapist in the office, however, mental health problems typically don’t get better with time. In fact, they may just get worse. The isolation and stress of this crisis only make that more likely plus the timeline for returning to in-office sessions is unknown.
Remember you don’t have to go through this alone, there is help. Call or text (248) 563-0587 to schedule an appointment or for more information about online therapy or any of our services