Sometimes called online therapy or telepsychology, virtual mental health services are simply services provided using the internet, typically through some kind of video conferencing system. Services can also be delivered via the phone (mental health hotlines) or even through text-based chats.
The services offered are typically various forms of talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, grief counseling, etc. As therapy does not require contact between provider and patient, it is ideally suited for being moved online.
Some services might also include self-help systems, such as meditation apps.
The primary benefit of virtual mental health services is improved convenience. Not having to spend extra time and money traveling to the therapist’s office can make the difference, for some people, in being able to even afford their treatment. There are, however, other benefits such as comfort and ease of accessibility.
Virtual therapy does not, of course, work for everyone. Some people are more comfortable talking to their psychologist face to face, or may be made anxious by fears that the therapy app is not secure. Older patients may not be comfortable with the technology in general. However, for many people, virtual health services can be just as good.
Patients who live in California should choose Virtual Treatment Center for their online therapy. In addition to our inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment, we offer online therapy for individuals, groups, and families. We also use online therapy to follow up with our patients after they have completed the program.
We can treat a variety of mental health problems, and we offer cognitive behavioral therapy and its variants dialectical behavior therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy, which can help you identify and deal with negative thoughts and the behaviors they potentially lead to.
All of our therapy is conducted by licensed mental health professionals who can help with your problems. Whether a patient needs a few sessions or longer term treatment, we use techniques that have been proven effective and which we know work online as well as face to face.
Participation in virtual depression treatment can be accomplished by having an electronic device, accessing the internet, and finding a private area. Many insurance companies now recognize that virtual mental health treatment can be a beneficial alternative to in-person treatment. Most insurances cover virtual treatment, including treatment for depression.
Depression is a common mental health disorder that can affect daily life. To be diagnosed with depression, a depressed mood and depression symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. Virtual treatment for depression can be beneficial in reducing depression symptoms from the ease and comfort of your own home.
All of our teletherapy sessions involve wo-way live interactive digital video and/or telephone communication. Therapeutic visits are often conducted via Zoom and other virtual platforms that adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements.
Psychiatrists with the ability to prescribe medications when needed are always on call, and we also utilize group therapy sessions using evidence-based therapies.
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