You might be wondering if online therapy will yield the same psychological outcomes as therapy conducted in person. I am happy to report that many published scientific studies have shown that online therapy (or telemental health) is just as effective as traditional, in-person therapy on a wide range of psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. To learn more, feel free to read my blog post on this website titled “Is online therapy effective?”
Online therapy is not only effective; it has the added benefit of improving your ability to access care. For example, assuming that the psychologist or therapist is licensed to treat you in your current location, you have a wider pool of providers to choose from because you are no longer limited by a provider’s physical office location. Also, because you no longer have to drive to the office and find parking after securing childcare, you have more flexibility in your schedule. Online therapy could work better than in-person therapy for you, given your current mobility or health. Finally, you might simply prefer to be in the comfort of your own private space during therapy and telehealth supports this personal preference.
Now that you know about the benefits and effectiveness of online therapy, you might also have questions about how your health information will be protected when transmitted electronically (e.g., through video therapy) or how your payments for therapy will be kept secure by working with me. To ensure the protection of my clients’ health information, I use Simple Practice, an electronic health records platform and online therapy delivery system that is both HIPAA compliant and HITRUST certified. I would be happy to talk more with you about online therapy in San Diego and surrounding areas located in California, so please feel free to contact me.
Please note that for the health and safety of my clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, all therapy sessions will be held online. As a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California, I can provide online therapy to clients who reside in San Diego and surrounding areas (Scripps Ranch, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Mission Valley) as well as to individuals who reside across California. To learn more about the benefits and effectiveness of online therapy, feel free to read my blog.