The landscape is changing for how to access and receive mental health programs, services and treatment. TeleMental Health is a very positive and effective new delivery system and gaining tremendous traction in the world. These new videoconferencing systems are secure, encrypted, and HIPAA compliant (medical records privacy rules). These programs work on your phone, iPad or tablet and computer. All you need is a good internet connection. This wave is already happening. As it turns out, most people these days are quite comfortable with online communication. Maybe too much so, but TeleMental Health Counseling is here to stay. It is safe, secure and confidential. Thus far, I have worked in over 23 counties with various video platforms. There are consents, needed, just as in any psychotherapy practice, training and etiquette to be followed. Video conferencing and video therapy makes getting help easier, more accessible with a wide network of providers. In the VSee photo below, famous Olympic Gold Medal swimming champion Michael Phelps, has done a commercial about how he was helped with his depression and saved his life via video counseling.
Online Therapy: The Future is Here………Now
The field of psychotherapy is evolving in some pretty dramatic ways. Access to care, social media, apps to track mood, blood pressure, nutrition, days of sobriety, and a vast number of other psychological and medical changes in delivery of services are expanding daily. Trends and data show new levels of comfort and trust utilizing video conferencing for anxiety, depressions, addiction and drug problems is not only viable, it has been found to be quite efficacious. Confidential and secure TeleMental Health platforms are making access to psychotherapy easier while garnering greater access to mental, emotional, and medical concerns.