During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are hesitant to attend in-person counseling. I am happy to provide teletherapy to meet your needs while minimizing risk. Insurance coverage varies by plan, and it remains important to verify coverage before our first session. I am able to provide teletherapy to people in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Especially now during these uncertain times, you feel the overwhelming stress and anxiety of the unknown growing every day. You feel like you need to act strong for your family and friends, but also like you’re about to lose control. Your life schedule doesn’t allow for taking time to drive to a regular counseling appointment, attend the appointment, and drive back to where you need to be. How can you get the counseling that you are seeking in the time your life allows? You may benefit from telehealth counseling. Telehealth counseling uses an internet-based video conferencing program that is HIPAA compliant to ensure your privacy. This allows you to receive counseling at a time and place that is convenient to you.
I use the VSee.me platform for teletherapy services with clients. This platform can be used directly through their website, or by downloading an app on your Apple or Android device. Not all insurance plans cover teletherapy counseling services, so it is important to check with your insurance carrier prior to our first meeting to ensure that this service is covered. Because of licensing and insurance regulations, you must be in the State of Illinois during our teletherapy counseling sessions.
Before your first online session, we will connect via email or phone call. I will talk you through the process of logging into the VSee program and make sure you know what to do at the time of your appointment. During your appointment we will work together in much the same way as if you were in my office. Most people find teletherapy appointments a as comfortable as talking to your family on FaceTime or Skype.
The VSee platform meets all HIPAA standards and requirements. I conduct teletherapy sessions either in my agency office or in a private room in my home using headphones. As long as you are able to meet in a private location on your end, your sessions will be completely private.
The research shows that teletherapy can be just as effective as face-to-face counseling. I am happy to provide research articles which show teletherapy's efficacy upon your request.
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